A while back I received that tip from my Facebook friend, Leah, about how to grow green onions from green onions. Now here is a salad dressing recipe using those green onions. Here’s what you’ll need: 2-3 whole green onions 1/4 cup of olive oil 2-3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar 1 tablespoon of raw honey Dash of sea salt How to make Place all ingredients in blender or food processor Blend up until smooth and creamy Adjust the ingredients to your taste httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uLUj4WC7riA ...

This is my second post for Rodale.com’s Plastic-Free February. Last week, I showed you my kitchen and how I do my best to avoid storing food in plastic containers and the challenges that I’m facing. This week, I want to show a small tip that I’ve started to use in my balcony garden to reduce some of my plastic usage. I know that I’m growing food in plastic containers in and have already covered that issue. This post is about using new or unnecessary plastics in the garden. What I’ve been doing is using a rock...

Since I’ve been called out on not being able to eat from my balcony garden, I’ve decided to start it from scratch. To start, the plants that were left over from being harvested were pulled up from the roots. Using a trowel, the soil in the containers was loosened up and turned. Any big clumps of roots were taken out as well. The plants, roots and soil were tossed into the compost bin. I also got rid of the shipping pallet herb garden because that space can be better utilized. It worked and I’d recommend it for others,...

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I’d like to introduce Home Harvest Garden Supply as a new sponsor of Urban Organic Gardener. I spoke with their Director of Internet Marketing, Jeff Edwards to learn more about the company. Here’s the Q&A. What does your company specialize in? Hard-to-find gardening supplies including organic fertilizers and soil amendments; natural pest controls and beneficial insects; pots, containers, & potting mixes; nursery and greenhouse supplies; hydroponic equipment and supplies; hobby greenhouses & accessories; seed starting...

Regardless of what part of the country you are in, winter squashes should be in season and available at your local farmers market. Our market has them for $0.59 a pound, so we’ve been loving them. When buying a butternut squash, you want to pick one that has a longer and/or fatter neck because that’s where most of the squash is. The bottom part has squash, but also the seeds. The following recipe for Butternut Squash Fries is one that we have been enjoying a lot lately. Here’s what you’ll need Butternut squash ...

Rodale.com has dubbed this month Plastic-Free February. From their site: We’re going plastic free in February—or at least, trying to. Follow our efforts, share your advice…and join us if you dare! After reading the difficulty that my fellow bloggers Christa and Theresa have experienced and what rock star Michael Nolan is already doing to reduce his dependence...

The main reason for me writing this blog and being active in the social media world is to encourage you to start growing your own food. I show that I could do it on my fire escape in NYC and now my balcony in LA. It’s been 9-10 months since I’ve moved to LA from NYC. During that time I’ve had a total of one balcony salad. Yes, one. Uno. The other day my girlfriend, Anita, called me out and asked when we were going to eat off of it. She is all for not supporting Whole Foods and supplementing our weekly trips to the farmers...

I’d like to introduce Urban Gardening Solutions as a new sponsor of Urban Organic Gardener. I spoke with one of the founders and co-owners Rachael Ross to learn more about her company. Here’s the Q&A. What does your company specialize in? Innovative and earth-friendly products for the small-space edibles gardener. What are your best selling products? It really depends on time of year. Right now they are raised garden beds and grow lights and plant stands. What does organic gardening mean to you? We feel that organic gardening...

Collard greens are one of my favorite greens to eat. Most people usually cook them and couldn’t imagine eating them raw. I’ve found a way that you can enjoy this hearty green in it’s raw and pristine state by massaging it down and marinating it. You would swear that it’s been cooked. What you’ll need: One bunch of collard greens One lemon or a few tablespoons of apple cider vinegar A few slices of onion Dash of sea salt One clove of garlic Teaspoon of raw honey Teaspoon of olive oil Dash of paprika ...

One of the biggest news stories over the past week has been the USDA’s announcement that it’s going to be deregulating Monsanto’s genetically engineered alfalfa. There has been a lot of confusion circulating around this news. This confusion started with Organic Consumers Association report that the “Organic Elite” of Whole Foods, Stonyfield Farms and Organic Valley decided to surrender the fight. They decided to give up and select what amounts to the lesser of the presented evils. I’m always for listening...

It’s been a week since I’ve started my indoor mushroom garden. Per the instructions, I’ve been misting the bag two times a day. I was starting to get a bit skeptical, but after the eighth day I started to see some growth bursting out the front of the bag. At this point it almost looks like a piece of cauliflower. On the side of the box, it says that you can harvest your first mushroom as early as 10 days, so I’m not too far off. This seems like a good way to not only grown some of your own food, but also a good...

I’d like to thank everyone who entered the contest to win their own mushroom garden kit courtesy of Back to the Roots Ventures. There were a total of 128 comments and entries. There was a comment that slipped in past the deadline and wasn’t counted. To choose the random winner, I went to Random.org and entered 1-128 in the true random number generator. The number generated was 57. The comments were ordered from newest to oldest and counted down. The winning comment was left by Joy who’s comment was: My Favorite mushroom...

You can make this simple recipe without buying a single ingredient. You will just be using what you were going to toss out. What you need to do is start to save your vegetable scraps and store them in the freezer. This includes any or all of the following: Carrot tops Beet tops Veggies or herbs that were starting to go bad Kale stems Onion skins Celery leaves The bottom part of celery Pretty much any vegetable scrap When you are ready to make the broth Pull the food scraps out of the freezer Fill the pot about 1/2 to 3/4...

Last week the Eatocracy section of CNN.com posted an article titled – Study shows people don’t give a crap how many calories they eat. The results of a study showed that, “Posting calories on menus has little effect on what customers buy, according to a recent study.” Besides the fact that it’s slightly awesome that CNN put the word “crap” in their headline, I think that calorie counting in and of itself is a bunch of crap. If you eat real whole foods, you won’t have to worry about calories....

While I’m running the contest to win your own mushroom garden from Back to the Root Ventures, I am going to be growing the mushroom garden to see how it works. Growing my own mushrooms is something that I’ve been wanting to do for a while. Most of the kits that I’ve seen use logs and require a damp, dark location, which I don’t have. That’s why I’m curious to see how this kit will do. Plus mushrooms are crazy expensive in the store, and I’m all about growing my own food when I can. The set-up...

When I came back from my New Year break, I said that I was going to post twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Now that we are a few weeks into the new year, I can’t do it. There are too many things that I’d like to discuss and share with you. On Monday, I’m starting to post four days a week. I already mentioned sharing seasonal recipes on a monthly basis, but can easily do that on a weekly basis. So here is what the weekly schedule will look like: Monday: Contests, book and movie reviews and other various topics. Tuesday:...

A few weeks back when I posted a question on Facebook asking what posts people would like me to write, I was asked by Tim of Ecycler about a “hit list” for starting an urban garden. I thought that it could be done in a short series, so here is the first part that includes what you will need to get started. The list is short and pretty simple. It consists of: Containers Since I make my own self-watering containers, I need two containers to make one container. Got that? There are many places that you can get the containers for...

There was a post on Rodale.com on rodent control and how it was effecting barn owls. Even though this post wasn’t specifically about gardening, it can certainly be related to why organic gardening makes sense. Here’s an excerpt from the post: Other studies have found these dangerous chemicals building up in the bodies of herbivorous animals like squirrels and deer. Scientists aren’t sure why they’re building up in herbivores, but the evidence suggests that the chemicals are extremely persistent in the environment...

When I posted a question on Facebook asking what posts people would like me to write, recipes were mentioned. I used to keep a raw recipe blog, but stopped that long ago. Since people are interested, I’ll give em what they want. To start, once a month, I will post a simple recipe for something that is in season that you can get from your garden or the farmers market. If there are any fruits or veggies that you are looking for new ideas as how to prepare or have no idea how to prepare, let me know. I’ll try to hook up the...

One of the food blogs that I regularly read, Fooducate, had a post 2011 Food and Nutrition Trends. It was a recap from some of the top food industry experts Marion Nestle, The Food Channel, Food & Wine and Mintel. I’d like to contribute my predicted 2011 food trend as well. I am going to predict that people will continue to take their food back from the hands of corporations. More people will start to grow their own food and reestablish that connection with their food source. It’s already begun, and I believe will continue...