Slugs. They are nasty. Creepy. Crawly and slimy. Not much else to say on them besides they are pretty gross. But how do you rid them from your garden. This is what Rita asked me. She asked, “I am having trouble with slugs and really do not feel comfortable using the slug bait called “snail death” any longer. I have free range chickens and I don’t want them to ingest the slug bait either?Any good solutions?” Here are 3 ways to rid your garden of slugs Use cornmeal. Slugs love them some cornmeal and it makes...

Aphids are wiping out your container garden… …you have tried a DIY spray to no avail. You’ve been told that lady bugs eat aphids and are thinking about buying some for your small container garden. This is the problem that Catherine is having and sent me this question: I’ve got several containers on my deck (no self watering though, sadly) and my tomato plants are getting hit pretty hard by red aphids and little white bugs. I tried a mixture of onion and garlic juice sprayed directly on them but to no avail. Should...

Does it seem like squirrels are eating more from your garden than you are? Those long tailed furry rodents can be a huge pain in the…garden. Squirrels are smart and persistent creatures. If they want something, they will do what they can to get it. Squirrels on rooftop garden In this Q&A segment, Kevin from Philly is having squirrel problems and wants to know what he can do. He says, “I live in Philadelphia and have no green space…but I do have a roof deck and have spent the last few months getting it set up as...

She called her thumbs black. She said that the gardening gene skipped her generation. That’s what Megan Blevins was telling me on Twitter during the winter. We Tweeted back and forth about it and I assured her that her thumbs need not be green, but they just needed to be opposable. (Two things about that sentence. 1) I can’t believe that I wrote “We Tweeted…” 2) I can’t believe that you understand it.) That and some additional encouragement was what she needed to get her first garden prepared. Megan...

Did you not get around to planting your garden this summer? Or did everything you plant die and you feel like a failure? Don’t worry. The beauty of gardening is that there is always a next season. Despite summer just beginning, the time to start preparing for the next season, fall, is right now. Preparing now for a successful future When you plant seeds, you do so with the hopes of them sprouting and turning into a meal of yours. You are taking action now believing what the future results will be. That’s why it’s so...

Let me know if this story sounds familiar to you… You became interested in growing your own food because you want to know where your food is coming from. You wanted to learn more, so you got a stack of books to read and spent hours researching on the internet. All you have to show now is a headache and feel completely overwhelmed. You don’t feel any closer to starting your garden than before all the research. I know it does because you have told me this. There is a better solution. I know this feeling too.. …because...

Are you noticing holes in the leaves of your garden? Some foreign powdery substances that seem to be spreading? It’s going to happen eventually. Nobody’s garden is going to be perfect. No matter what you read. There is no need to beat yourself and think that you’re a failure. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Lets take a look at what might be eating your garden, shall we? Here they are… The four common vegetable garden insects and diseases. In each of the posts listed, you’ll learn how to identify,...

You want to start your garden and feel overwhelmed, not knowing what you can grow. Finding that information in an easy to follow format is damned near impossible. You need a degree to read the charts, maps and graphs that are out there. How would you like to know what you can grow in your garden today without the confusion? The Veggie Virgin Formula Luckily for you,...

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I’ve been asking you a lot of questions… …through surveys, posts, Facebook and Twitter. You’ve been heard – loud and clear. I might not respond to everyone, but I read everything and I’ve heard you. It goes beyond gardening The one common thing that I keep hearing is that you want to grow your own food to eat healthy, avoid pesticides and chemicals and to know where your food is coming from. There is only so far that growing our own food can take us in that respect, especially for those of us with...

In 2012, the content focus has change… …and I would like to get your thoughts. As the header image of the site says, this site is about “Practical container gardening tips to grow your own food.” Which is why I want to make sure that that is what is provided for you – practical tips. It’s easy for me to know which ones are the most popular. I really want to know which ones are the most useful to you, so more of those can be created for you. This is going to be my last post for a few weeks. As you are...

This is guest post by Becky Striepe from Glue and Glitter Growing food is sort of a non-stop adventure, isn’t it? Just when everything’s planted and flourishing… …the change in seasons means it’s time to start your garden over with a new round of seeds and seedlings. Like Mike has mentioned before, you might think you’ll remember what you planted where, but unless you label your pots, chances are you’ll end up with at least one or two mysteries sprouting up. A container garden is no different....

By Justin Emig Associate Brand Manager, Safer Brand For most of the country, Spring has DEFINITELY sprung… …and with the onset of Spring, comes the onset of our unwelcome garden pests. The garden pest that has caused the most concern for organic gardeners in recent years has been the cabbage worm. There are several ‘types’ of cabbage worm which include the Imported Cabbage Worm, Cabbage Looper, Cabbage Webworm, and the Leaf Miner. Regardless of the type, us interested in keeping an organic garden just want them gone!!...

There is a white chalky substance on the leaves of your plants. Your container garden looks like Pablo Escobar and his boys had a party in it… …What happened? Don’t worry that white powder is not cocaine, it’s powdery mildew. You’ll notice that the powdery coating is on both sides of the leaves and will eventually start to spread. Those leaves will eventually turn yellow and die. It can also cause the leaves to twist and turn. Your container garden looks like Pablo Escobar and his boys had a party in it....

You’ve seen me mention Thrive, a sponsor, before and asked me about their line of products. Thrive is a liquid mycorrhizal fungi for your garden. The analogy that I like to use is that it’s a probiotic for your plants. It helps to set them up with a healthy root system, so they can better absorb nutrients. Before I get into more detail about mycorasdfajfla (because I know that’s how you are pronouncing it), let’s learn how to say it. Here is the phonetic pronunciation: mahy-kuh-rahy-zuhl Much better. Let’s...

Spring is here… getting lots of messages about starting your first container garden. You are excited and nervous. And for good reason. You’ve lots to do in the next couple months! Why your garden will fail The 3 reasons your garden will fail this year. 1. You want to grow a farmers market in your small space. You want to grow tomatoes, eggplants, cucumbers,...

You want to start container gardening, but there is one thing that’s stopping you? What is it? I’ve been asking for your feedback over the last few weeks through surveys and on the Urban Organic Gardener Facebook page. The reason for asking is because I’m starting to develop an online vegetable container gardening training course for you that will empower you to easily start growing your own food. Based on what you have told me, the hardest part about starting…is just that. It’s starting. Reasons why you...

What’s the difference between an heirloom and hybrid tomato? Are open-pollinated seeds good or bad? These are all questions that you have asked me. You already have reputable sources to buy your seeds. Here’s a simple explanation of the different types of seeds. Here’s a simple explanation of the different types of seeds. — Tweet This Different seed types To help with the clarification, I asked SeedsNow.com, who sells 100% NON-Genetically engineered seeds – all of which are heirloom/non-hybridized and open-pollinated...

You were all happy to start your herb garden. You picked out your location and determined how much sunlight it gets. Your happiness turned to sadness when you realized that you only get 3-4 hours of sun. Those dreams of an herb garden were dashed. At least you thought so. In that shaded space, you can still grow your herb garden. Common herbs that grow well in the shade There are a few dozen herbs...

You’ve scoped out your garden space… …and determined how much direct sunlight it gets. Your garden gets less than 6 hours and you feel hopeless. Sorry to break it to you, but that means you can’t grow tomatoes. Don’t worry there are other vegetables you can successfully grow in that space. Shade loving vegetables The following vegetables will do just well in containers and the shade: The following vegetables will grow in small/medium sized containers  — and –  they like being in the shade. –...

We’ve talked about indoor seed starting and it’s advantages. While it may be advantageous to start some seeds indoors, it’s not wise to do so with all seeds. The general rule of thumb is if it grows underground, plant it directly. Stick with that and you should be good. Save yourself the hassle and plant these seeds directly in your containers. Save yourself the hassle and plant these seeds directly in your containers. — Tweet This Beans Beets Carrots Dill Garlic Onions Peas Radishes Your turn In...