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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...

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...

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. ...

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 Farm (composting...

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...

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...

If your vegetable garden consists of long, straight rows of crops surrounded by mulch or bare soil, you may be missing out on some of its potential health benefits. Aesthetic beauty is healing, especially in the form of flowers and art. The French have long understood vegetable gardens can be places of beauty. They located their traditional potagers, or kitchen gardens,...

Urban Organic Gardener Interviewing @mujerlocaplanta, from Instagram! What inspired you to start a front yard, urban garden? I grew up in a rural area about 30 minutes from where I live now. My grandparents and various other family members all live on “the Farm” and pretty much all of them are and have always been...

Craving fresh, homegrown tomatoes but maybe you didn’t have a chance to plant some earlier this year? Not a problem! By choosing the right variety of late-season tomato, you can be slicing into a homegrown heirloom tomato sometime this October. “When growing late-season tomatoes, I encourage gardeners to consider using a fungicide to prevent blight. Both...

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“GrowUp Urban Farms is committed to feeding people in cities in a way that is positive for communities and the environment, today and in the future. We produce sustainable fresh fish, salads and herbs in cities using a combination of aquaponic and vertical growing technologies.” To read more about the GrowUp project, visit: “GrowUp.Org.UK“ ...

Urban Organic Gardener Interviewing @SeattleUrbanFarmCo. The Seattle Urban Farm Company has a rich and passionate philosophy which is “we thrive on pioneering new ideas and empowering city dwellers to reap the rewards of local food production. We believe that sustainable urban agriculture can promote healthy diets, environmental stewardship, stronger communities...

James Brady has a passion about urban farming. They call him a “veggielante and a veggie preacher, but that doesn’t stop his proselytizing.” Brady is on a mission to teach school-aged children the benefits of growing their own produce, especially in small and non-traditional spaces. “Part of your next meal should come from no (more) than 10-15 feet...

Owner of Brook Landscape in Brooklyn, N.Y., knows all about urban gardening and how to design the perfect “small space” edible landscape. “The goal is to fabricate an alternative to the reality,” says Mr. Klausing. When you step into a space, “it should offer a sense of transition and change.” Read all of Mr. Klausing’s urban gardening tips...

Urban Organic Gardener Interviewing Mia from “@miaslittlefarm” What state and grow zone do you live in? I live (and garden!) in Nashville, TN, which is zone 7a. We are blessed with an incredibly long growing season here. It’s not unusual to be able to grow things from March – December. Tell us more about your efforts in Beekeeping! I’ve been...

Just outside of Chicago, located in Bedford Park, sits a quiet industrial complex & “you might not immediately register that you’re standing in the second coming of the locavore movement.” Inside you’ll find herbs, greens, broccoli, and kale along with massive stacked racks which house hydroponic systems. This urban farm operates nearly...

If you have a sunny spot in your garden, patio or balcony you can literally grow up to 100 lbs. of potatoes this summer.  One charity is hoping you want to join in on the movement and donate the spuds to your local food pantry or soup kitchen. “Soldiers Helping Soldiers has launched the Grow Potatoes program, which aims to feed Ottawa’s hungry right from...