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A new state initiative will bring an urban farm to a vacant lot in West Baltimore, but instead of growing fruits and vegetables to eat, the focus will be on plants that can be turned into natural dyes for artists, Gov. Larry Hogan’s office announced Wednesday. The inspiration comes from the governor’s trade mission to Asia in 2015, and a 2017 visit by first lady...

1. At the nursery: Buy the best Look for plants that have healthy foliage and no roots creeping out of the nursery container’s bottom drain holes (which means they’re probably rootbound). 2. Small is smarter When you have a choice, buy little plants (in 4-inch nursery pots); they’re less expensive (usually under $5), easier to handle, and will catch up to...

“Tour any number of farms in the “inner city,” check out the rows of planted tomatoes, kale, peppers, asparagus and berries and it becomes crystal clear: Here, it’s a city in name only. Urban farms stand as proof that the once-scarred earth can be restored across swaths of land once deemed fit only for the purpose of populating cities and towns. It’s...

    Now is the time to start making solid plans for your fall and winter garden. Follow this simple planting schedule for a great start, or visit our online interactive planting calendar for a more detailed description of what you should be planting when based on your exact location and grow zone.     12-14 Weeks Before Your First Frost Date     Direct...

NBC12 – WWBT – Richmond, VA News On Your Side (WATCH THE VIDEO!) “From high above, the Bellemeade-Oak Grove neighborhood looks like any other one in south Richmond. However, if you move in a bit closer, you’ll see one backyard on Wright Avenue that makes the neighborhood unique. That’s because you are looking at a farm right in the heart of the...

“Growing up in Washington, D.C.’s Columbia Heights neighborhood, Rebecca Lemos-Otero says her first experience with nature came in her late teens when her mother started a community garden. “I was really surprised and quickly fell in love,” she recalls. The garden was peaceful, and a “respite” from the neighborhood, which had...

                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”...

Urban areas are difficult for someone who wants to maintain a fresh diet. The main reason is money: fresh vegetables and fruits are expensive because the product has to be shipped and you end up paying for the delivery cost more than for the quality of the product itself. With the Mobile Good Food Market, you can have your fresh veggies and greens without traveling....

Learn 30 Things That Can Make Your Garden Better! 1. Cardboard and Newspapers Must you have cardboards and newspapers? Do you know you can use them in your garden? From putting them into the compost to suppressing weeds or this DIY newspaper seed starter, there are many ways. Find out more cardboard uses here! 2. Wine Bottles From creating a water fountain to bird...

Seedlings do not emerge after planting: It’s possible that not enough time has passed. Make sure your soil is not too dry and that the temperature is correct for starting whatever seeds you’re trying to grow. Wondering what plants grow best during specific times of the year? Read Gardening Through the Different Seasons. Plants grow slowly with light green...

Tucked away around the north side of his Ocean Park home, Conrad Clark has a very productive garden. Cilantro, parsley, kale, arugula, lettuce and spinach plants produce enough vegetables for fresh soups and salads every week from the four-by-ten-foot raised bed. A nearby Tsasuma tree is heavy with fruit. It’s an impressive set-up for a 13-month-old amateur, who...

“PHOENIX – Los Olivos Park in Phoenix could be home to a first-of-its-kind urban farm, market and education center. “There’s nowhere that a child can go today, [who] lives in the core of Phoenix — in this neighborhood, to actually see a working example of agriculture,” said Aric Mei, a local restaurateur behind the project....

“I spend a lot (probably too much) of time at home. As a freelance writer, most of my days used to begin with a casual wake-up initiated by my internal alarm clock and a sluggish relocation from my bed to the kitchen table. Sometimes, I feared I might need to have the “I know it looks like I haven’t moved from this spot since you left, but I promise I...

“Chanowk Yisrael runs next door to surprise his neighbors with a bowl of cherries he just harvested with the help of 48 other members of the community. The harvest came from the school across the street, with which he has a Memorandum of Understanding agreement for the use of the garden. Yisrael, his wife Judith and her family, and their nine children are not...

“Drums can be great for building raised garden beds. If you happened to have some barrel drums around collecting dust, this might be a good project for you. Just cut the drums in halves and build a stand to support them. Your garden bed is ready for some beautiful flowers! Watch the video tutorial for how to cut the barrel drums.” via “NewzMagazine.com“ ...

HELP SUPPORT THIS PROJECT “Since moving to Nicaragua, a day doesn’t go by when we bite into produce grown here and taste the bitter flavor of chemicals. The use of these chemicals goes back generations. This, along with a changing climate and five years of drought has had a devastating impact on the environment, depleted soil quality, and caused malnutrition....

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