The Grow Op – an urban gardening experiment

David Suzuki Speaks! Sort of…
May 20, 2009, 10:28 am
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I have heard back from The David Suzuki Foundation, and the news is middling. I received two emails:

Hello Gardener,

Some good news and some bad news.

The good news is that we love your video and blog.

The bad news is that we only have three gnomes, and we did not choose your entry as one of the three to receive a gnome. The entries this year were incredible, but it made it extremely difficult to choose.

BUT the good news is that we think your story needs to be told. Would you still like to blog and post videos on our website?

I hope you are still willing to blog about once a week and upload some videos, as we would love to follow your story over the summer. We are putting together a blog space, and asking you and several others to continue videographing and blogging.

Please write back as soon as you know what you plan to do!

If you decide to keep your story going, we’ll give you instructions on how to post your own blog and insert your video clips. Whatever you decide, thanks for gardening pesticide-free!




Will you still join us even without the gnome incentive!?!?!?!? We want to see what happens with your upside-down plants!


The personal touch was nice, though I barely noticed through my tears. Once I collected myself, I responded:

Hi Panos!

I won’t deny that I am disappointed that i wasn’t considered gnome worthy – we put a considerable amount of effort into that video! It does help to have a friend who is a cameraman and another who is an editor…

I am guessing that my lack of need for pesticides may have precluded me from the competition’s focus somewhat. I checked out all the other searchable entries on youtube – who won?

I would love to continue to be involved. As I have mentioned I am already blogging at I also won’t be able to maintain the production value I demonstrated in my first video necessarily (although my friend Shane the cameraman was already over here the other day talking about Episode 2). Please let me know what you guys would like me to contribute.

And I hope you will consider forcing Mr. Suzuki into sweatshop-like gnome painting conditions until all the participants are happy…


So while I guess I will just have to paint my own gnome, I still get to put myself out there through the David Suzuki Foundation.


The Video
May 8, 2009, 10:21 pm
Filed under: David Suzuki, Plants, Prep

I have finished my video for David Suzuki Digs My Garden.

Gabe Fairbrother – Producer & Host
Sam Trounce – Editor
Shane Nasmith – Camera
Pat Kirby – Production Assistant

Suzuki: Slave Driver
May 6, 2009, 12:58 am
Filed under: David Suzuki

I shot my video for the David Suzuki Digs My Garden competition today. They didn’t give us a lot of time – we have to get it up by Friday. I am getting lots of help from my friends Sam and Shane, along with some quality Grip and Extra work by Pat. The editing is going to happen this week, and the video is due Friday, so the schedule is close. I am sure we will get it done, and as soon as I do I will pass the link along!

He Likes The Grow Op!
April 29, 2009, 7:26 pm
Filed under: David Suzuki

One of David Suzuki’s lackeys emailed me today and told me that they liked my entry*! So heres’ what I have to do:

1. Please film a 60 second video sample of you on camera in the tone you plan to use this summer.
2. Post the video on YouTube.
3. Then send the link of your video to us at, so we know where we can watch it.
4. Please put “Sample Video” in the subject line.

First of all, What the flick is youTube? Secondly, it sounds awfully complicated, but I am going to try and give it a shot. Stay tuned.

*It is possible they liked everybody’s entry.

“David Suzuki Digs My Garden” Contest
April 17, 2009, 6:42 pm
Filed under: David Suzuki

I have entered the “David Suzuki Digs My Garden” Contest found HERE.

It seems like a pretty cool contest, and a garden gnome is the penultimate botanical decoration. Plus David Suzuki touched it, which should improve my garden growth by 30-50 percent.

Thanks to commenter Eli for the tip.