Michael Nolan

Tweet You might not know that the common white grub worm is actually the larvae of the June Bug / June Beetle. It is easy to recognize the grub worm from its creamy white color, distinctive “C” shape and length of approximately 1 inch. The grub worms hatch from eggs laid by female June Bugs […]


Tweet Okay, garden lovers. You have been patient long enough and the time has arrived. That’s right, it’s time to stop daydreaming about your spring garden and get started. Before you can start planting your spring garden seeds, you need to make sure you have everything you want to plant on hand, and to make […]


Tweet We’ve survived the crucial first week of new year’s resolutions 2013, so let’s zero in one one of the bets garden resolutions you can make – composting. The biggest (at least most common) obstacle to composting in the urban garden is that there is no room for the old school compost pile, and when […]


TweetIt only seems right to start the new year off with a few tips to help you keep your most important new year’s resolution, which of course is to garden more. It is easy for new gardeners to fall off the bandwagon because they haven’t caught the bug yet. The easiest way to ensure that […]


Tweet The first week of 2013 is finished and if you haven’t broken your resolutions yet, we want to make sure that you can keep your resolution to get healthy and maintain your health this year. Here is our list of the top 5 edible vegetables to grow to maintain your health: 1. Kale If […]


Tweet The biggest challenge for many new gardeners is not tending to their garden vegetables, it is knowing when the right time is to plant them. Today we will help to take the guesswork out of the relatively simple process. As I’ve mentioned here before, most vegetables in both spring and fall are best planted […]


UrbanFig: January

What to Grow in January

by on January 2, 2013

Tweet If you are lucky enough to live in one of the warmer zones like Carol does in California (Zones 9 and up), you probably have the gift of being able to grow your garden year-round. For the rest of us, especially those who are coming down with a case of the winter blues like […]


Tweet What better way to start the New Year off fresh than to help your body to shed some of last year’s bad habits? Fresh herbs can help cleanse and detox the body while adding flavor, vitamins and minerals to your diet! Here are a few of our absolute favorite cleansing herbs, along with some […]


Tweet 1. Start Composting No excuses. It’s a new year and composting is one habit that you simply must get serious about in 2013. From setting up a worm bin to starting a compost tumbler, there is a method that will work no matter where you are, so get started! 2. Start Growing Edibles I […]


UrbanFig: Cinnamon Tree

How to Grow Cinnamon

by on December 26, 2012

Tweet Cinnamon is exotic, spicy and flavorful, but did you know that the culinary spice comes from a tree? It may surprise you to learn that you can learn how to grow cinnamon at home no matter where you live. In fact, growing a cinnamon tree is easier than you might think! The first and […]


UrbanFig: Nutmeg

Nutmeg: Can I Grow It?

by on December 24, 2012

Tweet Nutmeg is one of those spices that is readily associated with the holidays, but can you grow it yourself at home? Well, as the old saying goes, I have good news and I have bad news. The good news is that nutmeg trees are fairly easy to grow, even for the beginning home gardener. […]

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UrbanFig: Coffee

How to Grow Coffee

by on December 21, 2012

Tweet Every morning I stand over the coffee pot anxiously awaiting that BEEEEP that lets me know I can pour my first cup of the sweet elixir of life, and I know I’m not alone. Thousands of early rising gardeners live for that first cup in the morning but I would bet that not many […]


Tweet If you are new to using fresh herbs in the kitchen, there’s no better thyme than the holidays (get it? thyme?) to get started. Here are a few ideas for ways to use home grown herbs in your favorite dishes, and all of these herbs can easily be grown indoors and then transplanted outside […]


Tweet In April of 2008 I wrote an editorial piece called “Bring Back Victory Gardens” when the recession was just beginning to take hold. I based it on our country’s history of coming together and growing food in times of crisis, but it seems that I may have been a little off-base if current news […]

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TweetOkay, so we’re down to the wire and the holidays are upon us. That doesn’t mean you don’t have time to get your hands on some great holiday gifts for the gardener in your life. Here are a few of our favorite can’t live without ‘em things this year:   Colorful Gardening Gloves Even the […]


UrbanFig: Permaculture

What Is Permaculture?

by on December 12, 2012

TweetThese days, buzz words like sustainable and green are tossed around everywhere. One that we are starting to hear a lot more about lately is permaculture. What is it and how do its principles apply to our lives? In short, permaculture is the very model of sustainable agriculture. Permaculture systems are designed specifically to be […]


UrbanFig: Aphids

How to Control Aphids

by on December 10, 2012

Tweet Aphids are one of the more persistent pests in the urban garden, and while you might think that you’re just dealing with one pest, there are actually aphids in several varieties and colors, including green, brown, black, yellow and red that can invade your home garden. They are destructive and prolific, with the female […]

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TweetThe leafminer (or leaf miner) gets its name because it likes to eat leaf matter from the inside of leaves. This feeding habit makes it readily apparent when you are dealing with a leaf miner – large, blotchy spots or trails on the leaf face that indicate that inner damage. While the appearance of damage […]


Tweet                     1. Urban farming can lead to improved health. People who grow fresh food eat fresh food. Eating more fresh foods leads to improved health. It isn’t rocket science, but there’s even more to it than that. When people take part in urban gardening at […]