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Gardening, around the world

March 12, 2012

Articles! About gardening! One is a little scary, one is rather uplifting, and the last is just crazy.

When climate change happens, well, climates change. This piece discusses how this is happening, both with anecdotal evidence (desert plants from the Chihuahuan desert? Now growing hundreds of miles north in Santa Fe), and with a discussion of changes to the USDA’s Plant Hardiness Zone Map. Sure, some of the map changes are because of increased accuracy or tiny changes in temperature, but when you compare it to, say, the fact that over the past fifteen years, vineyards in Virginia have shifted from cold-tolerant chardonnay grapes to warm-loving merlots that never would have thrived in the past, it starts to feel more than a little weird.

If you live in Seattle, I need you to do me a favor. Go to the Beacon Food Forest, which will eventually be a 7-acre park full of food-producing plants that are open to public foraging. Help it grow, forage in it when it’s done, and let me live vicariously through you. The 2-acre pilot plot should be completed by the end of the year, and I’m thinking I need to move to Seattle, stat.

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaand if I don’t move to Seattle, it’s cool, I can just go to Linköping, Sweden, where they are building a huge vertical greenhouse that seems to have the potential to provide produce for most of the city. The pictures are crazy futuristic, and the company who is making it is hoping to use the technology in other, existing buildings. The tallest buildings will be called “plantscrapers.” People, the future is here!

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