There was a comment to one of the posts showing Galvanized Stock Tanks for veggie gardens questioning if they were safe for planting. The reader read that there could be some chemicals from the Galvanization process that could leach into the soil, etc. The tanks we purchased (Tarter) are rated safe for cattle and are made in the USA, so knew they had to be tested and considered safe for planting use. I did email the company to see if they had any additional information. I received a prompt phone call back from Tarter explaining that yes their product was safe for veggie gardens and for animal use. They also called out that their tanks are used to gather maple syrup and they had no risk of contamination. I feel safe to continue recommending stock tanks for veggie gardens, but if you have a concern you can always plant in cedar containers.
Forget the food trucks, for something unique check out the Urban Crop Truck from Melbourne Australia that toured streets back in 2010. Created by Joost Bakker, Urban Crop is a vintage truck that serves live spring tulips, hyacinths, irises and herbs bagged within nutrient rich, organic soil. The live flowers enforced the benefit of living plants providing clean air purification and were seen in stores all over Melbourne as well as select locations in the flower truck. Joost’s real goal with Urban Crop was to spread the word on organic compost over fertilizer. The special soil mix he used consisted of composted waste (80%), worm castings (10%) and BioCher (10%),which blended to create healthy, vibrate flowers rivaling those commercially gown using fertilizers.
The website for Urban Crop is currently not up, but follow the links on images below for local Melbourne stories on both Joost and Urban Crop.
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The flowers will keep for over a week and when the blooms are done can be composted and bulbs saved for the next year.
Petersham Nurseries have been on my stalking list for a few years, but a visit waits until I can make at trip to England again. The nursery is located at the edge of the owners home (Petersham House) and was purchased and restored to its current glory in 2004. Petersham includes a nursery, garden shop, tea house and cafe, along with garden tours of the beautiful Petersham House (image directly below).
From the images collected below it is not hard to wonder where Terrain was inspired, even down to the tree stump table, bicycle wheel carts and cafe. I know last week I listed Terrain as a Favorite Garden Store, and now I am calling them out on borrowed ideas. Yeah I know. But England is more passionate and prolific in gardening compared to us on the other side of the pond, I totally credit Terrain with its part in inspiring the gardening bug stateside. Petersham will remain the forefront of gardening trends and one to keep an eye open for endless inspiration.