Smoke In The Gardens


THEY are playing with fire and smoke in Bournemouth this week.

The fire is courtesy the Carabosse Company, a French performance collective, which has transformed the Lower Gardens into a magical fiery landscape. They really have done that. Its cosy warm and I have not seen so many people having a wonderful time in the Gardens, ever.

And the smoke? Thats from Fuel, a fantastic group of free-runners and dancers, who are performing in a 360-degree open air theatre by the pier. I was too cheap to pay the £15 to go in, so I climbed some stairs and watched from the back of the set.

The performance was of a composition called The Roof. Lots of running around and circusy jumps across tight ledges set high on a circular set that hissed with coloured smoke. It was all astonishingly well timed and spectacularly colourful. The audience stood and watched in the middle of the set, listening to surround sound through headphones. It looked like a lot of fun.

I did go in the next day, and it was fun, which prompted me to do a bit of digging around. Fuel, I have come to know, is funded by the Arts Council England, and is London-based. Check out The Roof here. And for a glimpse of the performance, heres a video:

As for Carabosse, what they do is impressive. They take over large spaces—gardens, towns, that sort of thing—and set fire in a public space, while guaranteeing free circulation, making it vibrate with the closeness of our work to the spectator. Given the healthy and safety mania in England, how they managed to get the required permission to do something of this scale is even more impressive than their artistry. Anyway, click through to their artistic aim to know more. And heres a YouTube video I found, a reportage on how they actually go about creating their amazing show. Enjoy!

Great Organic Gardening Tricks From The Pros

Nobody really wants to think about about what would happen if they invest time and money into an organic garden and it doesn’t grow. Still, if you want your own organic garden to grow, then it’s important to know what you need and what you need to do. That’s what the tips below are for.

Combining different selections of plants in a garden area holds the interest and adds to the enjoyment of the viewer. Merge contrasting plants to craft interesting combinations. Add big leaf plants with fine leaf plants and combine them with plants different in texture and color to create the most eye catching and interesting landscape garden.

If you are planting vegetables, choose varieties that don’t require processing in order to keep. For example, sweet potatoes and onions will keep for months as long as they are kept cool and dry, without any additional work on your part. This reduces the amount of time you have to spend after harvesting.

There are home solutions available to combat the powdery mildew you may find on your plants. Plain water with a bit of liquid soap and baking soda will do the trick. Spray this solution on plants once weekly until the mildew is gone. Baking soda is not harmful to your plants and will take care of the issue as well as any other treatment.

If your green thumb starts to wilt during those long winter months when your garden is buried beneath a foot of snow, learn how to grow microgreens to provide yourself with fresh, healthy salads, sandwich toppings and garnishes all year round. Microgreens require very little sunlight and are easy to grow indoors. Some common microgreens include kale, dill, basil, spinach, and chard.

Store your seeds well. If you do not store your seeds properly, they will not last long. A great place to store your seeds in a dark spot that is cool and has low humidity. You could even use a refridgerator. You can use zip bags to hold the seeds themselves.

Clean your garden tools before you put them away. It seems strange to worry about keeping a gardening tool clean, but it’s actually very important for the health of your plants. Tools that are put away while coated in dirt can harbor microbes and even insects that can be deadly to your plants.

A useful solution to keep pests like bugs and flying insects away from your garden is to put basil, garlic or parsley plants as trim plants around your garden. These plants have the ability to deter pests, while still being quite useful in your kitchen! If a splash of color is more your style, marigolds have a similar effect.

A wonderful treat for your indoor houseplants is to take them outside periodically and let them bask in the glory of a summer rainstorm. You will be treating them to higher humidity and longer hours of daylight that far surpasses the stale conditions they may be getting indoors! You will want to minimize too much direct sunlight and make sure your plant containers have good drainage holes so that extra rainwater doesn’t collect to cause root rot. Some quality time in the outdoors will pay off with lush, healthy plants year-round!

Install a sprinkler system to water your garden. It can be difficult to find the time to water your plants each day, particularly if you work outside of the home. Proper hydration is essential to the success of your garden, so putting in a simple sprinkler system can save you time and energy.

Be careful when applying mulch. Too much can suffocate a plant’s roots and prevent moisture from penetrating deeply into the soil. Too little will not be able to suppress weed growth, effectively. An appropriate amount is 2 to 3 inches of organic mulch. Always keep mulch away from a plant’s crown or stems.

Organic gardening is a great way to get exercise, as well as, a way to relieve stress. There are many healthful benefits you will reap, especially if your organic gardening efforts reward you with a plentiful harvest. Do yourself a favor and follow the tips in this article so that you can grow a healthy organic garden.