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Tweet  This is a great product to start your first garden.  The Nourishmat is practically a “paint by numbers” garden template.   It comes with pre-selected seeds and with a watering system.  If you try this, let us know how you like it.  If you don’t have as much space as the Nourishmat requires,  check […]

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Tweet The world’s rainforests are in jeopardy. Globalization, for all its many helpful offerings, takes unbelievably harsh tolls on our world’s precious and limited natural resources. Industries deeply connected to our food supply are now essentially waging war on valuable rainforests around the world. According to National Geographic, “During the past 40 years, close to […]

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Tweet   When I moved to Southern California from New Orleans, one visit to the Farmers Market made me realize how incredible the produce selection was here.  But, buying all of those delicious heirloom tomatoes and gorgeous greens can be pricey.  The good news is that if you begin your own food garden, you can […]

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Tweet A growing body of research shows that urban farms reduce violence. —Photographs by Emily Schiffer; Text by Alex Kotlowitz | July/August 2012 Issue61 I suppose the easy thing to do would be to rail against food deserts, the dearth of fresh produce and other healthy foods for those living in impoverished neighborhoods. Or to […]

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Tweet For most of us, food comes from the supermarket. Maybe the corner market. A restaurant. A food truck. Perhaps a Sunday afternoon farmers market. We can think of growing our own vegetable garden as an impossible hurdle, a cause for an unflattering new wardrobe of overalls and big hats. But growing your own doesn’t […]

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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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Lawns, Fences and Your Food Garden

by on February 4, 2013

Tweet From my experience, once people dive in and grow their first edible garden, something magical happens. A natural addiction occurs and the first-timer then just wants to expand and grow more food. For those with a lawn, I suggest using that large space to really expand your garden. If you’d like some inspiration, check […]

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STARTING YOUR VEGETABLE GARDEN

by on December 5, 2012

Tweet  [portfolio_slideshow] 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 […]

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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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TweetSeed starting is one of those tasks that can be divisive among gardeners. Not only is there the choice of whether to start seeds or purchase seedlings, but the choices continue beyond that. Should you opt for starting seeds at home, the options for seed starting are numerous and each of them offer different benefits.  […]

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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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