“Struck by the lack of fresh, inexpensive produce in downtown Davenport, one resident is trying to feed his hungry neighbors this summer. Wesley Arnold, a Quad-City transplant who moved here from the Detroit area in 2013, seeded a variety of food-producing plants over Memorial Day weekend in front of his apartment complex near the corner of West 5th and...

Click to Watch Video CLEVELAND – In a neighborhood where there’s more check cashing places then grocery stores, there’s the Acy family and their garden. “This is a food desert where the average corner store sells nothing but junk food,” said the father, Stephen Acy. His wife, Erika Acy, started the idea of a community urban garden after...

I was always fascinated by growing food but turned off by how inefficient “conventional” methods are.  I did try them but between weeds, bugs, bending over, digging, and the rest, I knew there had to be a way to come up with a better mouse trap!  I started looking for something that could be used for vertical growing and that could be deployed at...

People have been growing food in urban areas for years, and you can remember how “victory gardens” were common even during World War II.  This idea of growing food, in small areas and urban neighborhoods is sweeping the nation and Baltimore has joined the trend. “Because of urban agriculture’s potential to feed, employ, beautify, and improve...

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“Locked behind black steel doors in Northumberland, England, the Poison Garden at Alnwick Castle grows around 100 infamous killers. From deadly nightshade to hemlock, the only way a plant can take root in this garden is if it is lethal to humans. Created by the Duchess of Northumberland, this is one garden where you won’t want to stop and smell the flowers.” ...

Having a thriving vegetable garden doesn’t have to end when summer does. With a little bit of planning, and preparation you can grow vegetables well into the winter months or even year round if you live in a warmer climate down south. But regardless of where you live, there’s a few crops you can count on to withstand cooler temps, frost, and even sometimes...

Making candied treats is always a pleasure. Not only is it easy & requires very few ingredients…there are plenty of things you can harvest from your home garden to “candy”. “Candied things are special. By cooking in a simple syrup and then drying, the moisture is removed and replaced with sugar which acts to preserve that which is being...

During the summer months, we usually have no problem with storing our fresh fruits and vegetables from the garden. There does come a time however when the abundance of produce seems like too much to keep up with and we struggle to either give extras away, or try cramming it all into the refrigerator. There are several downfalls of using the refrigerator as your...

In Sacramento California, Zone 9b, Kyle Hagerty is inspiring Urban Gardeners around the world. They started growing just enough food for themselves, but now they have opened up a farm stand in their front yard where they share their homegrown goodness with their entire community.  Tell us more about your amazing little farm stand and how it makes you feel being...

Garlic can be planted in the spring as soon as the ground can be worked, but fall planting is recommended. Bulbs will grow bigger and more flavorful when you plant them in the fall.  Plant 6 to 8 weeks before your first hard frost.  In southern areas, February or March can be a better time to plant. Most people generally plant garlic somewhere between October-February. ...

“It has a light to dark green color, thin skin, moisture-rich flesh with tiny edible seeds inside, and is enjoyed best in salads, sandwiches, or as a juice. It has a high water content that helps keep your body hydrated, and the low calorie content makes it a great choice for a weight loss diet. So let us try and understand how cucumbers help maintain our...

If you have a garden, you’ve got weeds. Everyone gets them and what is indisputable is that we all spend time pulling weeds or trying to manage weed control within our tradition garden rows, raised beds and even container gardens. Here are six simple strategies that will help you keep the weeds under control in your home vegetable/herb garden.  ...

Plants require important nutrients for proper growth.  By making sure your soil is a welcoming place for earthworms you can help create excellent soil structure with adequate aeration and drainage.  “Earthworms help create humus—a dark brown-black type of soil which holds important nutrients in place for plant growth and use. ” Earthworm castings...

The season is upon us! Gardeners all over are experiencing an abundance or “over-load” of zucchini squash. These prolific plants produce plenty of slender and long fruits, some even reaching an unwanted size that oddly enough can resemble a baseball bat! If you’ve found yourself pondering ways to use up all of your fabulous zucchini squash, look...

Near the Las Vegas Strip, you’ll soon find a hydroponic farm taking up a 3 acre parcel of land. The project will be called “Urban Seed”, and it will provide fresh produce to local chefs near The Strip.  Chefs in the area will have a choice of over 20+ varieties of herbs and vegetables to harvest for their famous Las Vegas culinary dishes. To...

Pros and Cons of Hydroponic Farming “Hydroponics can be a great alternative for the farmers who want to produce their crops round the year despite the environmental changes. The use of organic fertilizers in the hydroponic farming ensures that there will be no ill-effects of the chemical fertilizers. No doubt, the innovative concept has various advantages...

JOIN the Urban Organic Gardener’s MONTHLY SEED CLUB TODAY! **To receive a shipment for the month of August, you must join before August 4th at 11:59pm PST. Sign up now at: https://urbanorganicgardener.cratejoy.com For $10/month our garden experts will build a custom curated collection of seeds & garden supplies designed around YOU – your grow zone...

“New York City just approved the Lowline, a dreamy, eco-friendly project.” The world’s first underground park and public cultural space will soon be on the “must-see” list of many visitors world-wide. The team who dreamed up this underground oasis will soon use “cutting edge solar technology to transform the abandoned Williamsburg...

The Beginner’s Guide to Upcycling for Your Garden If you love gardening and trying new DIY projects, upcycling old household items into fun pieces for you’re garden will be your new favorite thing to do. Regardless of your experience level, time investment, desired budget or workable space, these upcycling hacks will turn your garden into a recycle-friendly...