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STARTING YOUR VEGETABLE GARDEN

by on December 5, 2012

Tweet  Starting your first vegetable garden can be intimidating at first. But fear not, we’re here to guide you and make it as easy as possible. The most important thing to remember is to start small, don’t overwhelm yourself with a large space at first. First Gardening Steps: START SMALL – no larger that a […]

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UrbanFig: What to Grow in December

What to Grow in December

by on December 3, 2012

Tweet There’s no way around it, winter is here. For most of us that means our outdoor gardening pursuits are on hold until early spring. With that in mind, let’s take a look at what you can plant and grow indoors in the month of December. Unless you have plenty of indoor space and time […]

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Tweet These cold frames use the side of a building for added protection from the elements. Thanks to my good friend Shawna Coronado for the photo. At this time of year, you are probably beginning to think about cold frames and if you’re not, you should be. Cold frames allow us to grow garden plants […]

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Tweet Every hobby and career field has its own set of tools without which it would be nearly impossible to accomplish the tasks at hand. From mechanics to knitters, we all need tools to get things done and it is no different for vegetable gardeners. Let’s take a look at the basic garden tools that […]

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Tweet At the beginning of the month I made a quick mention of cover crops in the post Soil Transition: 3 Tips to Rejuvenate Soil at the End of the Season. Because the information is important and incredibly beneficial to anyone who plants in-ground gardens, we wanted to elaborate a bit on the subject. Cover […]

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Tweet After a long and productive season it can be heartbreaking to say goodbye to those spend garden plants, but we must remove them to rejuvenate the soil for a new season of growing. Whether you are planning to grow fall crops in your outdoor beds or not (and we hope you are), now is […]

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UrbanFig: Nitrogen

Nitrogen: When Do I Need It?

by on September 24, 2012

Tweet Nitrogen is an important component of healthy garden soil. It is an ingredient in all fertilizers, most commonly seen with just the elemental designation that is assigned to it as part of the Periodic Table, N. In commercial fertilizer preparations that bear a number sequence on the packaging (i.e. 12-6-6), nitrogen is represented by […]

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Tweet Now that the fall growing season is getting underway, we wanted to make sure that you knew the best tips for taking care of your new seedlings. When starting with seedlings for the urban garden, you want to ensure that they are growing a strong, robust root system. Here are a few basic tips […]

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Tweet You’re pretty meticulous when it comes to your garden. Your soil is rich, your plants are neat and you even manage to keep the garden relatively free of weeds. Okay, so maybe not so much on the weeding. Then you wake up one morning, trek out to enjoy the morning dew on your ripening […]

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Tweet 1. Celery Celery can be easily grown again. All you have to do is cut the base (root) away from the rest of the plant and give it adequate water and sunlight. In a few days you will notice new growth and you are well on your way to re-growing celery! Because of the […]

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Tweet When starting seeds, It is a common practice among many gardeners to hedge their bets and plant extra seeds in the event that some of them do not germinate as they should. While this can be an effective method to ensure enough seedlings, there are also times when the gardener is left with too […]

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Tweet Growing your own food is the first important step toward creating a more sustainable, local food source for your family. While growing the garden and enjoying the fruits of your labors is the most fun, to create a truly sustainable ‘closed loop’ at home, you have to grow food, collect and save seeds, and […]

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Tweet Knowing that our goal here is to make gardening both enjoyable and productive, we have compiled another top list to give you our choices for the top 5 easiest edibles to grow. These garden favorites are great first plants for anyone regardless of your previous experience with plants. Lettuce It doesn’t get much easier […]

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Tweet  After talking about garden soil earlier in the week, it just makes sense that we would talk a bit about another crucial component in the how does your garden grow equation: water. It goes without saying that water is critical to a healthy and robust garden. In a perfect world, Mother Nature handles watering […]

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Tweet At the risk of sounding a little dirty, I need you to know that soil is the most important ingredient in any garden. Forget the seedlings and raised beds, soaker hoses and hand tools; If your soil is dead, your garden doesn’t stand a chance. What the heck am I talking about “if your […]

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