Controlling insects in the garden may seem like a never ending battle for some, but have you ever considered that fixing the problem may be as simple as just planting a few “sacrificial crops” for the problematic bugs to feast on instead of your prized fruits or vegetables? Planting a variety of “trap plants” will lure those pests away from...

“Farmer Mark Van Fleet started growing vegetables at Harriet Gardens on Columbus’ South Side two years ago. He came to this once-vacant lot with about a decade of experience in gardening.” Van Fleet gave up his job as an arts administrator because he did not like working inside all day. Now he spends his days tending to his vegetables. “I felt this...

“Members of religious orders have always had a need to garden, inspired no doubt by one of the Christian faith’s noted cultivators, Saint Fiacre, a green-fingered holy man who became the patron saint of gardeners. When monks, friars and nuns established their enclaves, they turned to gardens of herbs, wildflowers and vegetables to feed and heal themselves....

“Vertical gardening is a great way to maximize your living space and enhance the beauty and enjoyment of your home. Easy to create, customize and care for, a vertical garden can be made of anything from hanging flower pots and plastic soda bottles to old mailboxes, wheelbarrow, and crates. And the many options allow you the flexibility to get creative and capture...

“When passengers board their flights at Dubai International Airport, most are served in-flight meals that include salads or greens atop sandwiches. These crops usually come from traditional, outdoor farms in the United Arab Emirates. By 2020, flights taking off from the airport will serve greens and herbs grown from a more high-tech source. Emirates Flight...

“(CNN) — From derelict train tracks turned scenic walkways, to rooftop treasures atop train stations, sometimes the best bits of cities are the bits that don’t feel like cities at all. Urban centers might be 24-hour hubs of activity, but often you just need some green space in the concrete jungle. “One of the things I always like when I go...

“INDIANAPOLIS –A soon-to-open nonprofit urban farm on the south side of Indianapolis aims to give formerly-incarcerated women a chance to “craft a future story” while combating the city’s food desert issue. Bellfound Farm spans 17 acres and allows young women to run an urban farm while receiving counseling, coaching and business training....

WHAT ARE MOSAIC VIRUSES? “Mosaic viruses are plant viruses that cause the leaves to have a speckled appearance.” –wiki HOW TO IDENTIFY MOSAIC VIRUSES AND DAMAGE: Yellow, white or green spots on foliage Wrinkled or curled leaves Yellowing of veins in leaves Reduced yields or stunted growth “Warty”, or mottled fruit HOW TO CONTROL...

Summer has arrived and for a lot of us, that means long, hot days in the garden. Before you get too exhausted or overwhelmed, consider these 7 easy tips for having a beautiful and happy summer garden!   TIP # 1 – BE WISE WITH YOUR WATER Make sure to keep your garden beds cool and moist by adding plenty of organic mulch around the base of your vegetables,...

“From providing fresh food for the community to regenerating unused spaces, urban food-growing projects have flourished in the US. In Minnesota, fish and green vegetables are farmed in a former brewery by Urban Organics; in New York, Brooklyn Grange grows produce on the roof of its office. In Dallas, Texas, in an area designated as a food desert, meaning access...

“Hydroponics is the art/science of growing plants in a soil-free environment. Historically, hydroponics isn’t that new. In fact, there are many ancient records of people using the concept of hydroponics to grow plants. One such important record is the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, which is considered one of the Wonders of the Ancient World. In Babylon,...

“SOUTH BRONX – A group of women from the South Bronx are trying to improve poor eating habits in the borough. La Finca Del Sur, which translates to “Farm of the South,” is located between the Major Deegan and 138th Street. The founders of this urban farm say that being there is nothing like being in any of the five boroughs. “We are...

CINCINNATI — It’s not hard to notice the salt dome along Interstate 75. But many drivers may miss the urban farm across the street. The Camp Washington Urban Farm is in its fifth year, created as part of an effort to deal with a food desert in the neighborhood. Community organizer James Heller-Jackson said they’re on target to raise 300,000...

Try growing these 38 beautiful edible flowers in your yard or garden. Not only will you help provide nectar for friendly pollinators in your garden, but you’ll have fragrant, and delicious blooms that you can enjoy adding to your favorite culinary dishes. They look great, and taste great, too! Follow these tips for eating flowers safely: via TreeHugger.com Eat...

“Fore! Ok, maybe a few more than four. Closer to 2,000. But the golf clubs used by Wayne Riedel and Eric Joosten in Darien’s urban garden on Old King’s Highway aren’t for any golf game. The pair has recycled thousands of golf clubs to use for stakes in their expansive garden now more than five years strong. They cut the ends off with a pair of cutters.” “Genovese...

“It’s official. As tragically revealing as the move might be, the rusty-patched bumble bee has now joined the grizzly bear, gray wolf, northern spotted owl, and some 700 others on the endangered species list — the first bee ever to garner those protections in the continental United States. Once abundant in the grasslands and prairies in 31 states in the...

  “DETROIT (WXYZ) – As urban gardening grows in popularity more and more people are trying their hand at a green thumb. However, those new to urban gardening should be aware of the threats caused by soil with contaminants and the need to test. “In this situation, ignorance is not bliss,” said Michigan Urban Farm Initiative’s B.J. Franovic....

“Last summer, Paul Maeillo had to clear a vacant lot in North Philadelphia, and he wasn’t happy about it. He’d done it plenty of times before, as part of the Philadelphia Horticultural Society’s LandCare program, which hires local contractors to maintain the neighborhood’s many abandoned parcels. But on this day the lot was full of wildflowers — and...

“OAKLAND, Calif. — Even by the standards of the Bay Area, where sourcing local, organic chicken feed is seen as something of a political act, the spectacle of 30,000 fruit and nut trees being tended by formerly incarcerated orchardists is novel. The green thumbs are there because of Planting Justice, a nine-year-old nonprofit that combines urban farming...

“It feels good, putting the seed down. Watching it grow. Watching it produce fruit. It’s a beautiful thing,” said Darian Belton, owner of T&T Plant-ery. Belton has a full-time job at a car rental place, but what really drives him, is creating a sustainable food source; especially for those who can’t do it themselves. “We want to...