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Michael Nolan

TweetFebruary is an exciting month for gardeners because it is a great time to get seeds started for your spring garden. Though it is too cold outside to plant for most of us, starting seeds indoors is a great way to fight off the winter blues. Here are our top urban garden items to plant […]

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TweetHave limited space and want to maximize your financial return in the garden this year? Here is a list of five of the most overpriced produce items in grocery stores across the country. By the way, every one of them is uber-simple to grow yourself at home. Do the math yourself by checking out our […]

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Tweet Of all garden pests, the opossum – or possum as it is known to many – is one of the most persistent. There are as many suggestions for how to get opossums out of the garden as there are gardeners, and as with many pest control measures, each one should be researched thoroughly before […]

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Tweet Squirrels are a common garden nuisance no matter where you live, but there are ways to lessen their impact. There are several schools of thought about the right way to get rid of squirrels in the garden and with good reason – none of them work 100% of the time! Here are a few […]

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Tweetfor the first installment, check out The Basics of Harvesting Part 1 Here are some more tips for knowing when your urban garden produce is ready to harvest: Lemons are best picked when they are still a light shade of green, believe it or not. They should still be quite firm to the “pinch test”. […]

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Tweet The impact of pesticides on our bodies is the subject of many medical studies around the world. In July o 2008, the Environmental Protection Agency deemed the pesticide carbofuran unsafe. A good move to be sure, but the EPA still has work to do to eliminate the dangers of pesticides to the human body. […]

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Tweet The concept of community gardening has been around for centuries, long before our society made them the cool thing to do. We know they afford individuals and families in urban areas the opportunity to grow their own food when it otherwise might not be possible due to the space restraints of city living, but […]

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Tweet  “The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second best time is now.” Chinese Proverb Trees play an important part in the environment. Not only do they provide shade and beauty to an area, they provide homes for animals and insects and even help to cool the Earth. According to […]

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UrbanFig: Rutabaga

How to Grow Rutabaga

by on February 11, 2013

Tweet It is known as the Russian, Swedish and Canadian Turnip and other names, but no matter what you call it, the rutabaga is one root vegetable that deserves to be in your urban garden and on your dinner plate. As the nicknames imply, the rutabaga is a relative of the delicious turnip. Interestingly enough, […]

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Tweet Idyllic scenes like this one are beautiful for a few moments, but all too often they serve only to remind the gardener that there is nothing they can do in their beloved gardens. Now is no time to let the winter blahs get you down, in fact now is precisely the time to get […]

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Tweet We get lots of questions about harvesting garden vegetables, so here are some harvesting tips for some of our urban garden favorites: Avocados are interesting in that depending upon the variety you grow, you can very closely predict when your avocados will mature. Haas avocados for example, almost always mature in April, give or […]

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Tweet Spring is just a few weeks away for most of us and while the winter seems to drag on, the time will start to fly when you realize just how much there is to do to prepare for your spring garden. Here are the five most important tasks to do this month to prepare […]

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Tweet Groundhog Day is more than just a classic comedy film. The annual celebration has its roots in European folklore. Legend has it that on Groundhog Day celebrated on February 2 each year, if the groundhog emerges from his burrow and sees his shadow, he will be scared back into the burrow and spring will […]

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Tweet Potatoes usually take quite a bit of ground space to grow, which is why many urban gardeners steer clear of growing them. Now it is possible to grow potatoes at home with just a small footprint of ground to work with, and the yield may even be bigger than it would have otherwise been. […]

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TweetQUESTION: I’ve always heard that composting requires a lot of heat to work. Is cold weather composting possible, and if so, how? It is true that compost needs heat. The heat produced by a compost pile is a byproduct of the breakdown of the compost material on a microbial level and temperatures can vary quite […]

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Tweet If you are anything like I am, you shake your head every time you walk through the produce section of the local market, frustrated at the ridiculous prices most companies are asking for sub-par vegetables. If you look at the organic produce, that frustration turns to bewilderment. Well, what if there was a quick […]

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TweetThe most common complaint among urban gardeners is a lack of space, but it doesn’t have to be. Sometimes the most obvious solution to the problem is right over your head. Vertical gardening is not a new pursuit, it has actually been around for centuries. It is a new trend, and one that is perfectly […]

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UrbanFig: Aquaculture

Aquaculture: The Basics

by on January 21, 2013

Tweet Aquaculture, is the process of raising marine life for human consumption under controlled conditions. The term may be used to refer to raising fish, crustaceans, aquatic plants, or a combination of these. It is also  commonly called aquafarming or aquaponics. It is interesting to note that this practice is not a new one. The […]

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UrbanFig: Hydroponics

Hydroponics: The Basics

by on January 18, 2013

Tweet Hydroponics is the process of growing plants in a soilless medium. There are differing schools of thought about the specifics, with some aficionados preferring to use sand, gravel, or even liquid alone. What these different methods share in common though is the addition of water soluble nutrients to the water. It is a common […]

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