If you are using manure tea to amend the soil in your there are a couple of different ways that you can use it. Directly in the reservoir container. If you made your self-watering containers with the pipe, you can pour the manure tea into the pipe as you would normally water. If you aren’t using the pipe, then you can remove the planting container and pour...

Here’s what you’ll need: 1/2 head of cauliflower 1/2-1 lb of brussel sprouts 3-4 cloves of garlic 3-4 tablespoos of balsamic vinegar Tablespoon of olive oil Dash of sea salt How to make: Cut off knubby ends of brussel sprouts, then slice in half Chop up the cauliflower into chunks and add to bowl with brusssel sprouts Bust open a few cloves of garlic and add to the mixture Pour olive oil and balsamic vinegar over the veggies with salt and toss to coat Put on a baking sheet into the oven at about 400 degrees for 20 minutes ...

Earth Day is coming up this Friday and every company is jumping on the Earth Day bandwagon. They are doing “ABC in honor of Earth day” or “XYZ to celebrate Earth Day.” It’s all a bunch of BS and greenwashing. I mean it’s great that people are acknowledging it, but unless true habits form, it’s all for naught and just another way for companies to sell you crap that you don’t truly need. So in honor of Earth Day here on Urban Organic Gardener, I want to share with you “6 Ways to Celebrate...

A few weeks ago, I posted about white clusters on the stems of a spinach plant. It turns out that the spinach plant is bolting and that it’s not insects. There have a been some consecutive days of warm weather, which spinach doesn’t like. I assumed that greens could be grown year round here in LA, but I guess not all of them. Previously I learned that basil does not like the cold weather and that kale can tolerate the cold. Now I’ve learned that spinach cannot tolerate much heat. It’s all starting to come together. What...

The one question that I most often get from people is where I get the containers for my garden from. When I posted a question on Facebook asking what posts people would like me to write, it was mentioned again by some friends. The first thing is that I never buy the containers brand new. I don’t for a few reasons. The most important is that I don’t want to use any unnecessary resources...

When heated up and blended down, cauliflower can get to that creamy consistency like mashed potatoes. This cauliflower and leek soup is dairy and gluten free. Here’s what you’ll need: 1 1/2 small heads of cauliflower (or one large) 1 leek the bottom white and light green part 5-6 cloves of garlic 3-4 cups of homemade veggie broth Tablespoon of olive oil Dash of sea salt How to make: Chop up cauliflower and put into bowl Smash the garlic cloves Slice up leeks and smashed garlic and put into bowl with cauliflower Pour olive...

There was a post on Change.org, Federal Budget Cuts Threaten Food and Water Safety Programs, which should give you another reason to grow your own food and source as much of it locally as you can. Here’s an excerpt: Congress recently proposed a federal budget that threatens to eliminate critical funding for food safety and clean water programs, placing the health and safety of all Americans at risk. Since our country is in such an economic crisis, Congress sees it fit to cut the budget when it comes to the safety of our food and...

Mint is a pretty invasive plant. Just ask anyone who has ever grown it in their garden. It can take over pretty quickly. This is why most people recommend growing it solely in containers. I’ve had my mint plant for a few months now. The leaves have remained pretty small. It’s not until I started my garden from scratch that I began paying more attention to it. The roots of the plant have been spreading all through the container and without much room to grow. Since the soil line is about 2-3″ below the top of the container,...

Nothing quite says spring time (or makes your pee stink) like asparagus showing up again in your garden or at the local farmers market. This recipe I slightly adapted from a cooking demo that I attended at Native Foods in Culver City. Make this in the beginning of the week and enjoy throughout. Here’s what you’ll need: 2 bunches of asparagus 2 avocados Handful of mint, cilantro and parsley 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil Tablespoon of balsamic vinegar Tablespoon of raw honey Juice of one lemon How to make: Boil up a pot of water ...

Update: I was corrected by someone and told that People’s Gardens are the name for Community Gardens, not people’s individual gardens. It still doesn’t sit well with me. Last month the USDA announced People’s Gardens. I’m sure that my thoughts on why this database will be questioned by the “anything having to do with gardening...

It’s been two-months since I’ve started my garden from scratch and for the most part it’s doing pretty well. Though I did notice that there were some white clusters on the stems of the spinach plants. These clusters were forming around the part where the leaves are coming off of the stems. I also noticed an insect on the plant as well around the clusters. At this point, it’s hard to tell whether it’s insect larvae or that the plant is attempting to go to seed. I had an aphid infestation last year, so it wouldn’t...

Butternut squash are still readily available at the Farmers Markets. Since Beth Buczynski of EcosphericBlog was happy that I posted a non-soup recipe when I made the roasted butternut squash fries, I’m posting another non-soup recipe. Here’s what you’ll need: 1/2 butternut squash 2 apples (one sweet and one sour) Handful of walnuts 2 tablespoons of raw honey tablespoon of olive oil teaspoon of cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg dash of sea salt How to make: Cut and cube the butternut squash and apples Place in oven at 400...

There was a post on EcoSalon titled The Conscious Case Against Veganism by Abigail Wick. The gist of the post was that just because one is vegan that doesn’t mean that they are eating in a more sustainable way than an omnivore. This is a topic that I wrote about in the past on GreenLifestyle Magazine. To me what was most interesting about her post were the comments. The people who left comments were so tied to their label – be it vegan or omnivore. “As a vegan…” “Veganism is about…” People...

A lot of my posts contain the words “I” and “me” a lot. If you’ve been following along, you know that I started my garden from scratch, did some succession planting and thinned out the seedlings. My thoughts on that right now are, “who cares?” Most of you have been buried in more snow than you can imagine this past winter and are finally starting to see some regular sunlight. It’s almost April and planting season is certainly near . Since the purpose of this site is to get you to grow your...

I’d like to introduce MasterGardening.com as a sponsor of Urban Organic Gardener. I spoke with their Social Media Coordinator, Jessica, to learn more about the company. Here’s the Q&A. What does your company specialize in? MasterGardening.com specializes in products to help you get better results in the garden. As a leading supplier of garden tools, composters, supplements and other garden essentials, we are committed to making your garden grow bigger and better than ever. Which of your products do you think is a must...

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Here’s another recipe using one of my new favorite vegetables – the rutabaga. I’ve already made a soup out of it and was given another idea by one of my friends on Facebook – a rutabaga mash. This rutabaga mash is dairy and gluten free. Here’s what you’ll need: 1-2 rutabagas Tablespoon of olive oil 2-3 clovers of garlic Dash of sea salt and black pepper How to make: Bust open the cloves of garlic and roast them in the oven at 400 for about 15-20 minutes Peel and cube the rutabaga Put into a pot and cover...

When President Obama was campaigning in 2008, there was all this promise of “change”. That was the rallying cry “change.” Everyone jumped on board and was happy when he was voted in. One of the first things that happened when he moved into office was his wife, Michelle, became the poster child for healthy living, especially for kids, with her Let’s Move program. She also received and continues to receive a lot of press coverage from traditional media about the organic garden in the White House that she had...

The one thing that I don’t say enough when writing these posts is “Thank You.” I’d like to thank all of you for taking the time out of your busy lives to read what I have to say. The reason that this has come to mind right now is because in the past few weeks, I’ve been nominated for a few awards. While I’m pretty happy to be nominated, it wouldn’t be possible without any of you. My reason for writing and keeping this site is to inspire you to reconnect with your food by growing your own and...

I’d like to introduce Gardener’s Supply Company as a sponsor of Urban Organic Gardener. I spoke with one of their Social Media Manager, David Grist, to learn more about the company. Here’s the Q&A. What does your company specialize in? Seedstarting systems, composters, containers, garden and yard decor, landscaping, pest control, watering, and nature inspired gifts. Which of your products do you think is a must have and why It all depends on how you garden. For vegetable gardeners, I think everyone should have a...

Brussel sprouts are the vegetable that everyone likes to make fun of for some reason (that’s likely dumb). This recipe is a quick and simple way to enjoy them and you can make it in bulk for the week. This recipe is dairy and gluten free. Here’s what you’ll need: Half to one pound of brussel sprouts 6-8 cloves of garlic tablespoon of olive oil tablespoon of apple cider vinegar Dash of sea salt and black pepper Teaspoon of raw honey How to make: Cut off the knubby part of the brussel sprouts and place in food processor ...