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Garden 'siteseeing' in Australia, Alaska, Florida, and New York

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What's "garden siteseeing"? It's stepping aboard the Web's magic carpet to wing our way around the world visiting interesting gardens and the gardeners who plan, plant, and care for them. It's been a regular feature of Diggin' It since the beginning, but lately, a visitor recently pointed out, we'd neglected our trips. So, starting today, they'll return as a weekly feature.

At, Darren Collins (who lives in in Kiama, on the New South Wales coast of Australia, just south of Wollongong, which is just south of Sydney) notes that the US president and his wife have planted a kitchen garden on the grounds of their residence and of the push to encourage the Australian prime minister, Kevin Rudd, to do the same.

The Collins family is one of 120 chosen to take part in the Sustainable Illawarra Super Challenge, which encourages people to develop a more sustainable lifestyle. Darren and his wife, Megan, and their three daughters, will work to use less water and electricity and produce plenty of food from their organic garden (which includes fruit trees).

And speaking of gardening, read about their inexpensive do-it-yourself tumbling compost bin.


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