The following sentence was posted on the Urban Organic Gardener Facebook page, “My special fall vegetable gardening tip is _____.” Here are some of the tips that were left: Justin J Stewart summed it up best when he said, “Don’t give it, you’d be surprised what plants can survive what!” I couldn’t agree with Justin more....

There has been a bit of an issue on my balcony garden lately with some ants. One of the swiss chard containers dried up and ants have gotten to it. I’ve been using coffee grounds to help deter them. I’m not sure why exactly this works, but when the ants go near the grounds, they freak out and won’t cross them. The first thing that I did was line...

“The choices I make now about my food will influence the rest of my life. If a lot of us felt that way, and started thinking carefully about our consumption habits just one meal at a time, we could affect the future of our planet.” — Barbara Kingsolver in Animal, Vegetable, Miracle ...

Here’s what you’ll need: Butternut squash 1/2 onion 3-4 cloves of garlic Dark leafy greens (I used collards and kale) Dash of cayenne pepper 3-4 tablespoons of vegetable broth Teaspoon of cumin 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon Tablespoon of olive oil How to make: Cut the squash into cubes. Cut up the onion and mince the garlic. Add the onion to the pan that’s...

I was asked to speak at Occupy LA about growing your own food. The speech touches on how the food industry is similar to the financial world and what we can do to bring about the change that we want to see. Excerpts from the speech: This Occupy movement that started out on Wall Street was started because of the outrage at the outsized power of the banks and financial...

I received an email from Amy asking what she should do with the extra peaches that she harvested. She wasn’t talking about 10-15 extra peaches. She was talking more like 150lbs worth of extra peaches. She said, “I like peaches as much as the next girl, but there is no way, even after jams, jellies, preserves, conserves, chutneys, freezing, and all the...

Mint grows like crazy and can easily take over your garden if grown in a raised bed or in ground garden. After all mint is a weed. You almost always want to grow mint in a container. What you will need to transplant your mint into a container: Container filled with potting mix Mint plant Water How to transplant the mint: Pour a little bit of water into the plastic...

“Sharing a meal is a way to connect, to nourish our bodies, our minds, and our relationships.” — Elizabeth Rogers in Shift Your Habit ...

Here’s what you’ll need: Pumpkin seeds from the pumpkin you just carved 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil Cayenne pepper, paprika, sea salt and black pepper to taste How to make: Soak the seeds in water for 10-15 minutes to get off the orange stringy stuff. Strain the seeds and put them in a bowl. Sprinkle sea salt, black pepper, cayenne and paprika over it. Put...

The Wisconsin Judge, Patrick Fiedler, who said that we do not have a fundamental right to consume the food that we grow or raise has stepped down. This might seem like great news at first, but he now works for the law firm, Axley Brynelson, LLP. Why is this such a big deal? Because according to InfoWars.com, this firm has worked for and defended Monsanto in the past. This...

We already know some of the effects of chemical gardening and why organic gardening makes sense, but I posed an open-ended sentence on the Urban Organic Gardener Facebook page that said, “I don’t use chemicals in my garden because ___.” Over 70 comments were left by people giving their reasons why. All of which were simple and to the point. Most...

Just because you have a balcony garden or are gardening in a small space, doesn’t mean that birds won’t be picking at your food. What I’ve started to do is use a scarecrow to keep the birds away from the seedlings and sprouts in my containers. No clue why birds are scared of scarecrows, but it works. My guess is that they think it’s a person. All...

Posted on Oct 19 2011 - 2:30am by Mike Lieberman
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GMOs (genetically modified foods) are something that I frequently discuss on this site and Facebook. When I saw the Just Label It campaign, I thought it fitting to share here. The goal of the campaign is to get GMO foods labeled by getting enough signatures and flooding the FDA with them. I’m not one for signing petitions and all that, but thought the cause...

There is a parsley plant on my balcony garden that has been going to seed for a few weeks now. The seeds have finally developed. They emerged in about 3-4 stages, which are difficult to explain, but the the picture about clearly shows what the seeds look like. You just have to carefully pull them. What is your favorite way to use parsley? ...

When I asked about what food news has caught your attention, most people mentioned the cantaloupe listeria outbreak. One person, David Csonka, mentioned a story from Food Renegade that no one else did called Is Your Choice of Food a Fundamental Right?. I’m surprised that this one didn’t get more attention. There was a court decision in Wisconsin where...

A rain barrel is something that would be great to have to be able to collect rainwater, but the reality is that it won’t work for those of us apartment gardening. One reason is that since we are dealing with small spaces, so every little inch counts. Something as large as a rain barrel really isn’t practical. That doesn’t mean that we can’t...

Posted on Oct 5 2011 - 2:37am by Mike Lieberman
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Here’s what you’ll need: Cut up watermelon 1 lime 1/4 cup of olive oil Handful of fresh basil Tablespoon of paprika Dash of sea salt Dash of black pepper How to make: Put the watermelon into a large bowl. Pour olive oil over watermelon. Sprinkle sea salt, black pepper and basil over it. Squeeze lime on top. Tear up and add your basil. Toss to coat and serve. ...

Damned. Hard to believe that it’s been well over a month since I took my break. Much to your delight, I am back though and back to posting. I appreciate all the comments and feedback that were left during that time to let me know what you are liking and not liking. It will all certainly be taken into consideration. When I was gone, nobody really took care of the garden. Anita was with me...

This is going to be my last post for a few weeks. Going to be taking some time away from the site to travel and visit friends and fam. Time to rejuvenate so I can get some new life into the site. During the time off, I will be taking a look back at the past few months and evaluating what’s been done to see what has done well. That will to help come up with...

Cutting a watermelon has usually been a pain for me. When I was at the farmers market one day, I learned this simple way to cut them. Cut the ends off of each side. Stand the watermelon up flat and cut the rind off in a downward motion. Cut off any remaining white part. Your watermelon should now look like this. Cut it down the middle in half. Lay it down,...