Soiled & Seeded: Cultivating a Garden Culture

March 18, 2011

If you have been coming by here for a while you might have heard me talk about this before, but I’m going to say it again.   I really miss England, and one of the biggest reasons is because I miss what I can only call a ‘garden culture’.   Writing this blog has always been my attempt to inspire a greater connection for people with all the joys of cultivating the land, it’s benefits to heath and environment and the beauty that can be created.  We, in the US share a lot of similarities with our Friends in the UK, but our lack of a garden culture, is one big difference.

soiled and seeded grocery store garden

jays grocery store garden toronto canada

A Toronto, CA based non profit group has a very similar goal in creating a new magazine called Soiled and Seeded.  Here is what they have to say about themselves:

Soiled and Seeded does not claim to act as a reference tool for authoritative horticultural advice, but rather as a rich and eclectic source of ideas, gardening knowledge, learned practices and usually a bit of garden history. Our content and sensibility are deeply rooted in a varied and expansive exploration of garden culture. We believe that connecting people and plants binds us to a sense of place and community and creates the opportunity to explore the myriad ways people experience their natural environment.

I am hoping for there longevity and success in this effort.

eathouse garden vegetable

These images are from their most recent (2nd) edition. I wish more grocery outlets were like Jay’s Garden Grocery and Variety store (top). Food shopping could be so much more interesting if plants overhung all the aisles.   And the Eathouse (bottom) by Architects Marijke Bruinsma and  Marjan van Capelle and Arjen de Groot is an exciting combination of reuse-able materials to make a garden shed that is thoroughly planted with edibles.
To see more of each of these stories, as well as others, take peek over at

Photo credits: Mikaël Lavogiez and Marijke Bruinsma

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  1. Sally Runyon says:

    I, only recently discovered you folks, and want to say Thank You! You have wonderful articles covering a myriad of topics. Your photos are great also. I just wanted to let you know that ‘garden culture’ does exist in the Us and people like you are inspiring us all to go out there and ‘get dirty.’

  2. rochelle says:

    Thanks Sally — you have a point, it’s just bigger in England. Hope to see you around more. -R

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