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People living in urban areas are sometimes frightened about lead being in their soil.  In a new study, they found that by using compost you can help keep yourself and your family safe from toxic lead poisoning.   “Good compost will also guarantee that you will have plenty of vegetables to harvest.” The University of Washington led a study that looked...

Gardening in small space can be just as rewarding and fun as growing in a large garden area.  These days, urban gardeners are growing more of their own food in sometimes less than 100 square feet.  Balconies, patios, even indoor windowsills are a great place to grow vegetables and herbs.  Almost anything can be grown in a container, and if you’re wanting...

If you’re looking to landscape your yard why not landscape with edibles? These edible plants will not only provide you beautiful surroundings to look at, but some healthy and nutritious food to eat.  These days a lot of people are finding ways to put their yard to work for them by planting edible trees, shrubs, and vines which will provide their family with...

Old dressers are easy to come by and for balcony gardeners or anyone who’s wanting to grow more food in less space by creating a vertical garden, this project might just be for you!  “Making a container garden from up-cycled dresser drawers is pretty simple. You’ll want to start with a plan. Things you’ll want to consider… Where will the...

Do you dislike tilling? Have you heard about lasagna gardening yet? If not, you may want to read up on this popular gardening technique that allows you to do more with less work. It’s also referred to as “sheet composting” or “layer gardening”.  It’s a no-dig, no-till method that provides the gardener with rich and fluffy soil,...

Urban farms are popping up all over the country and providing the farmers with extra income, some even enough to support their families and lifestyle.   They usually consist of novice farmers and small plots that cater to providing the community members with fresh, organic produce that’s grown locally. Something people are very attracted to. From the farmers...

After four decades, San Diego’s Pacific Beach Community Garden has closed for good but there is hope.  “…The end of the garden does not mean the members will stop exercising their green thumbs. They are hoping to section off a portion of land in De Anza Cove to create a new garden. They will also turn to their neighbors for help. “The gardeners...

Original article can be found at: “WideOpenCountry.com” If you’re craving your own fresh winter vegetables but don’t have the space for a garden, you’re in luck. Here are a few ways you can create your own vertical garden. You don’t need a lot of space for many winter plants. Though some plants, like broccoli and cauliflower, take a larger...

How would you quickly describe yourself? My wife Karen and I live in Chicago and love organic gardening. We started with a small vegetable garden many years ago, but over time it expanded to take over most of the backyard. Now we’re growing in the front yard too. During the summer and early fall, we don’t buy any vegetables from the store and buy very little...

This post is originally from commercialappeal.com Some people are happy with a patio tomato on the porch. Willie Anderson, 82, took container gardening to another level; he planted tomatoes, cucumbers, corn, okra, squash, peppers and eggplants in five-gallon plastic buckets in his yard in Red Banks, Mississippi. He now has plants in more than 1,000 buckets. Willie...

At Urban Organic Gardener, we’re all about sharing inspiring stories of how people are growing food in small spaces.  A while back, we found Sow and Sow Gardens on instagram and have been following them ever since. What they’re doing is truly inspiring. How did you get started with your blog/Instagram page? “I got started with my personal Instagram page. I would post all kinds of...

Just came across this post over at jbbardot.com I think everyone should read.  You can read the full article here.  With the constant onslaught of GMOs, pesticides, and chemicals making their way into the food supply, growing food in your home garden has become less of a hobby and more of a necessity. Many people have now begun to grow a large portion of the fruits and vegetables they consume at...

This is a collection of images we’ve found floating around the Urban Organic Gardener facebook page. Hopefully this will give you some motivation to transform your yards into something like this. d   wqwq Grow your own food! Everywhere! Urban Gardening Masterpiece! Photo Credit: crustyroll35 ...

When you live in an apartment your space is limited. That’s especially true when it comes to your garden. We barely have room for furniture. Forget about tomatoes. This is why it’s important to consider all options when deciding where to start your apartment vegetable garden. Since a lot of apartment dwellers are renters as well, we need to take into consideration the costs involved and what our landlord will allow. It ain’t no thang though because here are seven (7) spaces where you can start your apartment garden: Fire...

I knew that in coming to LA that I would be able to have the balcony garden and was hoping to expand beyond container gardening into actual soil and land. Luckily, I’ve been able to get access to a huge (at least it’s huge to me) amount of backyard space thanks to David, a friend of Anita. He has offered up his backyard in Reseda to start gardening and growing food in. David ain’t my Gram, but his backyard is definitely bigger than hers. As of right now the space is completely overridden with weeds. When I checked it...