Urban Peas

I'm a Horticulture & Environmental Science student hoping to inspire all things earthy and good.

Just because we can't change everything, doesn't mean we can't change something!

biodiverseed:

asylum-art:

Sanctuaria: Where Design Meets Biology by Morgan Ruben Jansen op de Haar

Morgan Ruben Jansen op de Haar recently graduated from the Utrecht School of the Arts in Product Design where he created Sanctuaria as his graduate project.

Sanctuaria consists of a series of capsules that contain endangered rainforest flora such as orchids, ferns and mosses that will be able to survive regardless of what happens to their natural habitat. The project features two as of yet unnamed species of orchid obtained from cut trees in Asia, their homeland already destroyed. Within the capsules they find their last refuge.

The capsules are suspended within frames made of wood, stone and metal—materials that have been used by man in almost every era. The plants themselves are grown on durable synthetic materials such as hygrolon and Perspex.

The inspiration for this project comes from Morgan’s lifelong fascination with nature and its complex ecosystems as well as his experience interning with Formafantasma.

The project was made possible with support by a botanist from the Hortus Botanicus Leiden, the Glassworkshop of the Utrecht University and the research institute Fraunhofer COMEDD. 

#conservation #art #biosphere

sleepoverqueen:

sixpenceee:

A graduate student has created the first man-made biological leaf. It absorbs water and carbon dioxide to produce oxygen just like a plant. He did this by suspending chloroplasts in a mixture made out of silk protein. He believed it can be used for many things but the most striking one is the thought that it could be used for long distance space travel. Plants do not grow in space, but this synthetic material can be used to produce oxygen in a hostile environment. (Video)

greedygardener:

Montserrat tomatoes
I’ve been waiting patiently for these to ripen before eventually realising this pinky greeny state is as far as it goes. I’ve eaten these and other varieties similar to them in Spain so should have realised but the plant was a gift and so I didn’t know quite what I was going to end up with. Traditional varieties like these with deep grooves and irregular shapes are rarely grown commercially. They have little juice and sliced very thinly and laid out on a plate with a little olive oil, they look very attractive and taste delicious.
Unfortunately these two both had a dry spell while they were growing so have a few cracks but they are so big it won’t hurt to cut these parts off.

greedygardener:

Montserrat tomatoes

I’ve been waiting patiently for these to ripen before eventually realising this pinky greeny state is as far as it goes. I’ve eaten these and other varieties similar to them in Spain so should have realised but the plant was a gift and so I didn’t know quite what I was going to end up with. Traditional varieties like these with deep grooves and irregular shapes are rarely grown commercially. They have little juice and sliced very thinly and laid out on a plate with a little olive oil, they look very attractive and taste delicious.

Unfortunately these two both had a dry spell while they were growing so have a few cracks but they are so big it won’t hurt to cut these parts off.

biodiverseed:

revofthought:

Harvesting Heirlooms Seeds From My Home Garden

I strive to grow a wide range of different plant at my home. One of the main reason for this is some I can build a diverse seed library. So in this video I show some of the seeds that I recently harvested and some cool verities I’m looking forward to harvesting.

#seed saving #heirloom seeds