The Role of Home Gardens in Feeding the World
For a thought-provoking essay on the role of home garden in world food production, go to The Role of Home Gardens in Feeding the World & Sequestering Carbon. Michael Pilarski, founder and director of Friends of the Trees Society and an advocate of permiculture, makes the case that home gardens could grow 50 percent of humanity's food supply on less than 10 percent of the world's arable land. Gardeners will relate to much of the article, yet Pilarski's take on the subject might give you some new perspectives.
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A good pair of gardening gloves not only keeps your hands from becoming rough but will also make your garden better. How? Because you'll be more willing to tackle tough garden jobs and go that "extra mile" when working in the garden. My goal for gardening gloves is that they be comfortable, that I can "feel" what I'm working on, and that they be at least relatively long-lasting. I say relatively because even the best gloves usually last no more than one gardening season if you spend a lot of time in the garden. Although there are gloves designed for different purposes in the garden, I tend to prefer ones that multi-task.
Given those criteria, the ones that are among the best are the Elite Gardening Bionic Gloves, made of cabretta leather with reinforced silicone full finger tips and an anatomical pad system to minimize calluses and blisters. These gloves, available for both men and women, are designed by an orthopedic hand surgeon. For more information, visit http://www.bionicgloves.com. For about half the cost, you can't go wrong with the Colorful Work and Gardening Gloves from Womenswork, http://www.womenswork.com, and widely available where garden supplies are sold. They combine a spandex top with machine washable micro-suede padded palm and fingertips reinforced with double thickness top and bottom. A longer cuff with Velcro wrist closure keeps soil out of gloves and a terry wipe is on the thumb. These are machine washable and available in teal blue, hot pink, periwinkle purple, and lime green.