Another Use for Burlap

March 24, 2009


We’re playing around with ‘liner’ ideas for our crates.

Goal #1: keep the soil inside the crate and from blowing off the top — our roof is windy!
Goal #2: use re-used, scavenged, recycled materials. This burlap we used as a wedding aisle for a Yosemite wedding….it is our first sample…will burlap make a functional long lasting liner? Another idea: over-stock of upholstery…



Great (and fun!) source: SCRAP: Scroungers’ Center for Reusable Art Parts


Crating up our garden

March 21, 2009


boxwood olive and Lila B. have teamed up to gather materials and begin a small section of the roof.

Thanks to some quick web searches  (and 2 large vehicles!) we scored 71 crates . Filled with a liner and soil, we’ll arrange them, and plant them up. Our roof garden has to be move-able and crates fit the bill. Not only are they inexpensive, lightweight to pick-up & re-arrange, but they readily available used — thus the perfect solution for us.

Check out Freecycle and Craig’s list for givers & for sellers.
boxwood olive, garden management & design: 415-608-0861

Kids ‘Dig In’ with the President’s Wife

March 20, 2009

Extracted from the Slow Food Newsletter today

This morning, on the first day of spring, Michelle Obama and 26 fifth graders broke ground for an organic vegetable garden on the White House lawn.

Making beautiful statements with living things