Friday, April 23, 2010

Finding Gardening Space

Cross-posted from my blog

Want to garden but have no space of your own? Want to move beyond just the pots or hanging plants on your balcony or sneaking your kale into the landscaping around your apartment complex (yes, I know someone who does that!)? Here's a new free match-making website to help you find that special space where you can garden on someone-else's land!

SharedEarth connects land owners with gardeners and farmers.

Austin – SharedEarth ( launches as the world celebrates Earth Day. is a free match-making website that connects land owners with gardeners and farmers.   Land owners share their land with someone they trust and get free fruits, vegetables and flowers.  Gardeners and farmers get free access to land and the opportunity to grow what they love.  The produce is shared between the two parties as they see fit.  The result is a more efficient use of land and a greener planet.

“Community gardens exist in every major city in the United States, yet virtually all have waiting lists.  With over 25 million square feet of shared space on the system, has created an alternative with the largest community of private land owners and gardeners on the planet.  We are making more efficient use of land and a greener planet, one garden at a time,” said Chairman and Founder, Adam Dell.

Much like online dating sites, users create their own profile and find matches based on criteria such as location, years of gardening experience and the type of produce to be grown.  Gardeners and farmers find the service useful because they are able to gain free access to land.  Land owners find the service useful because they often lack the time, experience or commitment needed to cultivate a productive garden on their property.

Malcolm Gladwell, the author of the best-selling books The Tipping Point, Blink and Outliers, had this to say about Shared Earth: “Whoa! What a grand idea.”

Shared Earth was born out of Dell’s own experience looking for help growing a garden on his property.  He turned to the Internet to find a qualified match.  And now he reaps the rewards of this partnership through the fruits and vegetables he eats every day. was established as a not for profit sustainable corporation to help facilitate this process for others. 

Please visit for more information and to register for FREE today.


Gosh, what an opportunity! Good luck and have fun finding gardening space for your own special kale garden and for everything else, too!

Where kale is more than decoration on my plate!

Diana Dyer, MS, RD


Becky Roach said...

Hi Diana - I became a kale freak at about the same time your kale blog started and have off and on checked in for recipes and to see what you are up to... It's been awhile, but I am playing today. I am down in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois.

A 'new' vegetable has made it into our favorite farmer's winter market crops. He was calling it rapini - but I just learned this weekend that it is actually kale flowers/tops. He has tons now from the overwintered kales in his green house. IT IS DELICIOUS!! and beautiful. Are you guys using it up in Michigan? Becky Roach

Diana Dyer said...

Hi Becky,
Thanks for popping into my blog. Yes - I have eaten tons of overwintered kale flowers/tops, although I have also tried to allow them to actually go to seed to collect some seed stock from plants that can make it our colder winters without protection. I have never called the kale flowers and tops "rapini". I expect that the rapini for sale in the grocery store is different (it is always very expensive!). I'll pay attention and check into that. Thanks for telling me about your "new" vegetable! Hope our paths cross again. :-)

Anonymous said...

Hello Diana,

I am having insect issues on my kale (they're also attacking my pak choi and giant mustard green seedlings), and I wondered if you might know of some relatively nice way to deal with the bugs (at least nice for the rest of the soil organisms)?!

They're little black bugs - maybe 1-3mm long, and they hop away quick when you touch the plant. They might be a flee of some sort. My neighbours think they're the same thing that are in rape/canola fields.

Thanks for your help! Awesome blog!



Anonymous said...

Alrighty - looks like I've got a case of crucifer flea beetles. Sounds like there's not much to do at this point - maybe some neem would help, maybe some bug repellant with garlic or hot pepper... They sure are having a feast on my seedlings!!!

Diana Dyer said...

You may be having problems with the flea beetles. Here is a link with helpful information about organic handling of this common pest.

Good luck!