This is gonna be the last post of 2011..hard to believe it’s over. Have lots planned for 2012 and want to share some of it with you. Most of which is based on the most and least popular posts of the year, along with all the emails, comments on this site and on the Facebook page, Twitter and YouTube. In 2012, I am going to be focusing even more attention on showing...

“Revolutions happen because someone decides to act.” — Joyce Meyer in The Love Revolution ...

This was the first year that I started to share seasonal garden recipes. They were a popular addition to the site. Earlier in the week, I shared the 10 Most Popular Recipes of 2011. Not all of them were that popular and I like to share my mistakes just as much as my successes. You are asking, “Were they tasty?” Pssshhh, of course they were, but just not...

Everyone posts their greatest and best of collection like I did a few days ago, but no one ever acknowledges the ones that didn’t do so well. So I thought WTF…why not? As I said the other day, there were over 150 posts on Urban Organic Gardener in 2011. Not all of them were very popular. Not only have I learned a lot about gardening in 2011, but I’ve...

Yesterday, we counted down the 10 Most Popular Posts on Urban Organic Gardener in 2011. This was the first year that I started to share seasonal garden recipes. So, I’d like to share with you the Top 10 Most Popular Recipes from the year. The list is compiled strictly from my analytics based on how many times a page was viewed, not by how many people ate it...

There were over 150 posts on Urban Organic Gardener in 2011. Do I really have that much to say?! Since it’s December, I’ve decided to share with you the most popular ones for the year based on your votes. You didn’t really vote, but you kinda of did by checking out these articles. This list is compiled strictly from my analytics based on how many...

“Is it just a coincidence that as the portion of our income spent on food has declined, spending on health care has soared?” — Michael Pollan in In Defense of Food ...

Here’s what you’ll need: Acorn squash 1/2 onion 2 cloves of garlic 1 tablespoon of oil (I prefer coconut) Tomato Dark leafy greens (I used collards and dandelion. Kale also works really well.) Goat cheese Dash of salt and pepper How to make: Cut acorn squash into halves and scoop out the seeds. Rub the inside and outside of the squash down with oil and sprinkle...

One of my most favoritest sites, Earth911, had a post titled Charlotte Airport to Start Worm Composting. They post said: The airport plans to open a new $1.1 million recycling center in February with a worm-based composting system that can handle up to two tons of waste per day, the Charlotte Observer reported. This is such a dope idea. The airport will be using...

It’s December that means it’s time to start breaking out the “2011″ lists. Here are five things that I learned about gardening in 2011. Getting a Better Yield in Your Container Garden One way to achieve this is through succession planting. That is when you space out your plantings, so as you are harvesting one crop another is growing right...

I was out of town for 10-days around Thanksgiving and filled up the the self-watering containers on my balcony garden the morning that I left. When I came home you would never know that I wasn’t there to water and take care of them. Just check out the pic above and watch the video below. This is partly due to how the self-watering containers work and how the...

Posted on Nov 21 2011 - 2:36am by Mike Lieberman
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There is nothing more fun than being able to laugh at yourself. Ok, there are many things that are much more fun, but I was stuck on writing an intro to this post. Here are more out takes and bloopers from the past few months. I’ll be taking a break and back to posting on Monday, December 5. Hope you enjoy the video and have a great Thanksgiving. ...

Here’s what you’ll need: Butternut squash 2-3 apples of your juice (I prefer Granny Smith) or fresh apple juice 1 teaspoon of oil (I prefer coconut) Optional: Ground cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves How to make: Cut butternut squash into cubes and put into bowl. If you are using apple juice, pour that into the bowl or cut up the apples and either juice or blend them...

A post on Organic Connections Magazine called People Don’t Want to Be a GMO Experiment got me thinking about a few things. Why we should be concerned about GMOs Most people assume that GMOs are safe because they are so widely available, which is not true. GMOs have never been proven to be safe and no they aren’t feeding the world. It was some time in the late 1980s/early 1990s when they were first widely planted. So it hasn’t been that much time to see any kind of long term effects and if they are truly safe. Ultimately...

Thanksgiving is a little more than a week away. It’s a time for us to get together with our friends and family. One of the biggest parts of Thanksgiving is the food. The Thanksgiving dinner is one of the main things that the holiday is based around, getting together to share and enjoy the company of each other over food. Whether that’s what happened with...

The fall time is perfect to plant garlic to be ready during the spring. It’s also simple to do. Each clove that you plant winds up turning into a clove of garlic. The larger the clove you plant, the larger the bulb it produces. I saw a tip on soaking the cloves in Organic Gardening Magazine to help prevent rot from occurring. Here is what you’ll need to...

“Our inability to feed the world is not an agricultural failure; it is a failure both of imagination and of kindness.” — Alisa Smith & JB MacKinnon in Plenty: One Man, One Woman, and a Raucous Year of Eating Locally ...

Posted on Nov 10 2011 - 2:45am by Mike Lieberman
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Here’s what you’ll need: 2-3 carrots Ginger knub the size of your thumb 2-3 cloves of garlic Teaspoon of cumin 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon Tablespoon of olive oil How to make: Cut the carrot into thin rounds. Mince up the garlic and ginger. Add the garlic and ginger to the pan that’s heated with oil. Stir it up until it’s lightly browned. Add the carrots...

Mark Bittman wrote a piece for the New York Times titled Local Food is Not Elitist. It’s American. The food industry has done a great job of making it seem like wanting or eating foods from local sources is an elitist act. I mean no one wants to be an elitist and it’s easy to dismiss that way of eating if it’s deemed so. This justifies eating cheap,...

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....