gardens

On May 20th, 2014, BALES OF STRAW…

straw and hay bales piled high at the feed and seed

straw and hay bales piled high at the feed and seed 

…a favored source of garden bed and pathway mulch, is procured this afternoon from the nearby Glendale horsey feed and seed shop, prompted by some wilty annual veg plants suffering in the recent summer-like 100 degree temps.

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On February 4th, 2014, A ROOFTOP GARDEN VISIT…

chard and the skyline

chard and the skyline

…in downtown Los Angeles with rooftop farming friend Annie Novak (who is doing research for an upcoming book) was an inspiring/informative discovery, understanding how to grow food in this extreme industrial environment we were nerding-out on issues of irrigation, pollination, germination, decomposition, and general soil / air quality.

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By Fritz Haeg on February 4, 2014 | gardens
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On January 22nd, 2014, A CRAZY WINTER HARVEST…

what's coming out of the ground in January? squash, peppers, tomatoes, lemons, nasturtiums...

what’s coming out of the ground in January? squash, peppers, tomatoes, lemons, nasturtiums…

…this morning included tomatoes (!) and peppers (!!) ripened in our recent unseasonably warm temps (and drought thanks to our Ridiculously Resilient Ridge while the Eastern and Midwestern US struggles with their Polar Vortex) in addition to the squashes, lemons and nasturtiums you might expect finding in an LA garden this time of year.

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By Fritz Haeg on January 22, 2014 | food
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On October 22nd, 2013, ONE ACRE OF LAWN…

a mountain of LA Arboretum lawn looming over the one acre site, ready for wildflowers

a mountain of LA Arboretum lawn looming over the one acre site, ready for wildflowers

…at the Los Angeles Arboretum was just removed today in preparation for a long term project I am in the early stages of planning, but initially as the flagship of 50 sites across Los Angeles County for Wildflowering L.A. (our first public workshop is at the Arboretum this Sunday, 11-5)

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On July 29th, 2013, RETURN TO EDIBLE ESTATE #15…

happy happy cabbages and cauliflower

happy happy cabbages and cauliflower

…in Woodbury, Minnesota early this morning was my very first stop of the day and more later on the on the garden, but in the mean time some cauliflower and cabbage porn as just a little hint of the thriving happy delicious and very loved landscape growing in front of the Schoenherr’s house.

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On June 28th, 2013, A LITTLE FORAGING CIRCLE PICNIC…

a little gathering in the Foraging Circle in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

a little gathering in the Foraging Circle in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

…capped off a quick last minute eight-hour layover in Minneapolis on the way from LA to Rotterdam for the opening of Animal Estates 9.0 tomorrow – but at least it gave me a chance to see the garden in it’s mid-summer state, and (Walker webpage and Foraging Circle post)

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On June 15th, 2013, FARM TABLE READY FOR HANS ULRICH OBRIST…

“Artist as Farmer” table at Art Basel

…moderated presentations and conversations “Artist as Farmer” at Art Basel tomorrow morning with Italian farming artist friend, Gianfranco Baruchello, plus Agnes Varda, Adrian Villar Riojas, and Zheng Guogu, and myself….before during and after which I’ll be feeding the eyes and stomachs of the audience with a presentation of finds from small organic family farms.

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On June 1st, 2013, THE HOLON GARDEN PLAN…

the preliminary garden plan, the the open yard waiting for us to start tomorrow morning

the preliminary garden plan, the the open yard waiting for us to start tomorrow morning

…was sketched up quickly this morning now that I know what the main issues will be (such as an upstairs resident who needs a 3m x 4m open space in the garden near the sidewalk for his hut, or sukkah, where he lives during the week long Sukkat holiday), and tomorrow morning work begins on what is expected to be a very hot Sunday.

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On May 31st, 2013, MOUNTAINS OF RED SANDY SOIL…

mound of sandy soil ready for compost and planting

mound of sandy soil ready for compost and planting

…which will be in desperate need of fertile compost and amendments – were dramatically dumped in front of the apartment building with the very visible and vacant front yard where we will be planting Edible Estate #13 starting on Sunday.

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On May 30th, 2013, MATAN HAGANAN…

Matan's crops and greenhouse where he is selecting some starts for our garden in Holon

Matan’s crops and greenhouse where he is selecting some starts for our garden in Holon

…meaning “Matan the gardener” in Hebrew, is the super cool gardener, nursery owner, organic food garden activist/facilitator who we traveled 30 minutes north of Tel Aviv to visit today – conducting a video interview with him about the historic and current conditions of Israeli urban food production and gathering plants for  Edible Estate #13 in Holon to be planted on Sunday and Monday.

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On May 29th, 2013, HITTING THE TEL AVIV GROUND RUNNING…

Holon kids about to fight over the biggest cucumber, and a school garden collecting water from air conditioner condensation

Holon kids about to fight over the biggest cucumber, and a school garden collecting water from air conditioner condensation

…this morning - after a 22 hours of travel, a 2:30am landing, and five hours of deep sleep – we headed south to Holon for some meeting, interviewing, planning, calculating, and designing for the selected site of Edible Estate #13 before meeting with local community garden organizer Orna Yukevitch, who took me on a tour of a few of her gardens, at a school and an at-risk teen center.

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By Fritz Haeg on May 29, 2013 | gardens
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On May 28th, 2013, SENDING THANKFUL GARDEN GREETINGS…

the Saturday and Sunday morning EE 15 garden volunteer crews

the Saturday and Sunday morning EE 15 garden volunteer crews

…to all of the family, friends, neighbors, and local volunteers who came out to help establish Edible Estate #15 this weekend! Catherine Schoenherr, John Schoenherr, Andrea Schoenherr, Stanley Leonard, Aaron Schoenherr, Kristin Beardsley, Roseann Schoenherr, Ken, Sarah Schultz, Eric Crosby, Anna Bierbrauer, Ashley Duffalo, Bartholomew Ryan, Will Gobeli, Bridget Mendel, Larry and Mary Haeg, Danny Haeg, Andrew Haeg, Emily Saunders, Jen Murphy, John Andrew, Emily Haskins, Rosalie Starenko, Stephi Drago, Zak Schmidt, Justin Densberger, Alan Sabat, Maggie Richardson, Dr. Chris Strunk, Pam Sawyer, Bea Hoskins, Kelsea, Dombrovski, Scott Mitchell, Katy Berglund, Kathy Lenius, Nick Vlcek, Rich and Penny Sitz, Becky Hagen, Michelle LeBlanc, Rebeca Ratte, Diane Anderson, Audrey Cullen, Dan Ibarra, Laura and Todd Robinson, Atanu Sen, Caroline Casey, Ilene Mojsilov, Masami Kawazato, Aaron Merrill, Karla and Markus Toft, Brett Baldauf, Chesney Engquist, Sara Kruper, Julie Hoffend, Susan Vance, Greg and Kathy Whaley, Widerski Family, Jacob Elsasser, Janel Larson and Michael, Brett and Lisa Bursch and family, Ken and Carol Koscik, Bill and Peggy Elsasser, and Akoni Garcia.

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On May 26th, 2013, PLANTING DAY…

planting day at Edible Estate #15

planting day at Edible Estate #15 (photos by Alison Malone)

…at Edible Estate #15 in Woodbury was a bit more tranquil than the heavy-duty sod/rock/log/dirt moving yesterday, but still hectic with hundreds of plants, trees, shrubs, vines, and seeds of many varieties being set out by myself and landscape architect Anna Bierbrauer – in the beds established  the day before – for teams of friends, family, neighbors, and volunteers following hot on our heels to plant while the aromatic haze of bread oven smoke wafted above us – foreshadowing the pizza making to come.

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On May 25th, 2013, DAY ONE OF EDIBLE ESTATE #15…

Edible Estate #15, day one

Edible Estate #15, day one

…installation with the hands of over 50 volunteers gets us farther along than I had hoped, finishing the day with most of the lawn rolled up and piled in mounds covered with fresh compost, vegetable beds bermed up to the back of a log circle, a U-shaped woodland path under the existing crab apple, a low rain garden near the house excavated with great effort by the Walker Art Center curator, a 12′ diameter log circle opening on to the massive wood oven just finished days before, an elevated terrace with retaining wall and gravel surface for a harvest table, all held together by the remains of a local fallen willow chopped up to create the bones, edging, seating, and retaining for the now fully inscribed garden plan – ready for it’s planting tomorrow. (EE #15 webpage)

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On May 24th, 2013, DIRT CIRCLES IN THE FRONT LAWN…

dirt circles in Woodbury

dirt circles in Woodbury

…of the Woodbury, Minnesota residence where we are laying out the first design marks of Edible Estate #15 this afternoon make it seem like aimless drunken teens went on a joyride spinning out a perfect circle – but it is actually marking the only bit of grass that will be left when we are done on Sunday.

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On May 23rd, 2013, SOFT OPENING OF THE FORAGING CIRCLE…

the first Foraging Circle gathering

the first Foraging Circle gathering

…commissioned by the Walker Art Center for the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden tonight was proceeded by a mad dash for some teapots and tea party accoutrements to Wendy at Practical Goods in St. Paul – where I have already been sourcing everything for the Domestic Integrities installation opening in the galleries August 8th – and a speedy bread baking session to have a few spelt loaves ready for our first gathering in the circle -  just for the project team, and welcoming the Woodbury family to the Walker before we rip of their front yard on Saturday.

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On May 22nd, 2013, THE EE 15 PLAN…

proposed layout of Edible Estate #15: Twin Cities

proposed layout of Edible Estate #15: Twin Cities

…has been evolving since the substantially sized Woodbury front lawn site was selected a few weeks ago, but we need to get real since it hits the ground on Friday with the design laid out on the lawn, on Saturday with dirt/wood/rock moving, and on Sunday with planting and mulching – so during my sacred early-riser hours this morning I get it all down for the last time, including places for: kid’s garden for the child-care across the street, berry brambles, wood bread oven, harvest table platform, low rain garden, high fruit tree mounds, gathering/conversation circle, and in a new step of grass-tolerance for the last edition of the Edible Estate garden series, a little lawn left in place as the primary circular  path. (EE15 webpage)

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On May 16th, 2013, PLANTING DAY AT EDIBLE ESTATE #14…

plants and mulch hit the ground in Hammel

plants and mulch hit the ground in Hammel

…saw a bunch of fruit trees planted in a gentle arc on the north side of the front lawn, hundreds of strawberry cuttings inserted in the terraced slope along the street, a series of cute little herb gardens in triangular raised beds installed, a seating semi-circle of logs placed, a wild area of berries planted, a wigwam of massive forest branches planted with bean and pea seeds, and a circular path lines with varieties of veg – after which bags and bags and bags of goreos leaf litter dragged from the nearby woods was spread generously.

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On May 15th, 2013, EE #14 PLANTING DAY ONE…

the small front lawn transforming through the first day with mounded tree plantings, wigwam, and circular path

the small front lawn transforming through the first day with mounded tree plantings, wigwam, and circular path

…in the suburban development of Hammel outside of Aarhus, Denmark got off to a slow start this morning with only a small fraction of the 65 architecture students on hand to do the brute manual labor of boulder, log, and dirt moving, but when they finally did show up in force the garden took shape in a flash – with logs rolled into place to retain the rich soil which was deposited shovel by shovel full, then graded awaiting plants in the morning. Thanks to students Students: Adnan Brkic, Aisha Mahjoub Seeberg, Anette Vintervold, Anna Kristine Dyhr Hvejse, Anne Catherine Lyager Langer, Anne Lovisa Thorsén, Anne Monrad Nielsen, Astrid Holst Stjernholm, Casper Storm Rasmussen, Charlotte Pedersen, Elisabeth Hult Jakobsen, Frederik Pilgård Jensen, Gina Helene Hov, Hanne Hiorth, Hildegunn Hindrum Grønningsætter, Iben Hjøllund Enevoldsen, Ida Gunhild Skovbjerg, Jakob Ørum, Janne Fjeldtvedt Pedersen, Jeanette Kongsgaard, Julie Krogh Kristensen, Kadriye Bige Ozbek, Karen Emilie Sørensen, Kimmernaq Wilhelmine Rakel Lyberth, Liv Skovgård Andersen, Lærke Tolstrup Sørensen, Mads Baj Engedal, Mads Bjerg Nørkjær, Malene Høyer Pedersen, Maria Sindal Stæhr, Marie Søndergaard Ramsing, Morten Bilde Hougaard, Pernille Kjær Sommer, Rabea Sara Gonnsen, Sascha Strandgård Rasmussen, Sebastian Thor Reumert, Sidsel Lindskrog Skogstad, Simen Marzano Frey, Simone Lundtoft Jørgensen, Sindri Þorkelsson, Vicki Buhl Lausen, Andreas Nielsen, Andreas Obel Bjørn-Præst, Annika Persch Andersen, Astrid Brønden Damsgaard, Benjamin Erben , Ditte Lynggaard Viktor, Eirin Marie Hauge, Jannie Sophie Grønneberg Hauge, Jarno van den Berg, Jenny Tuong-Vi Tran, Kristian Gatten Pedersen, Kristoffer Hedegaard Andreasen, Mads Jørgensen, Mariann Kim Stigsen, Mette Bonde Romme, Ole Gundahl Sørensen, Oliver Thomas Edwards, Peder Gaare, Rasmus Nørfeldt, Rasmus Riedel, Ruben Lejf Kramer Sørensen, Ryan Canning, Samuel Møller Nielsen, Simeon Østerlund Nielsen, Thomas Andreas Bevan, Dilja Rannveig Boasdóttir, Birthe Urup Nygaard, and instructor: Marie Markman. (Edible Estate #14) Thanks t

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On May 14th, 2013, THE WOODS OF HAMMEL, DENMARK…

gathering leaf litter in the Hammel forest

gathering leaf litter in the Hammel forest

…just steps from the site of Edible Estate #14 at the Pederson residence is one of my favorite things about the site, so down the street a few houses we go, entering into the dappled spring green shade with wheel barrows and bags in hand to gather things for the garden – long branches for wigwam plant structures, semi-decomposed leaf litter for plant mulch, logs and rocks for retaining the beds, stumps for sitting – bringing parts of the forest back in (and as we were hauling our last big load a neighbor passing us on the street made a comment with a sweet face and a smile – later translated for me, she asked “…and are you taking the whole forest?”)

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