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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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UrbanFig: Seed Starting Basics

Seed Starting Basics

by on July 2, 2012

TweetThe most basic skill necessary to close the loop on sustainable, home grown food is seed starting. While most commonly associated with late winter in preparation for spring and summer gardens, seed starting can be done anytime. If you live in a climate that allows for an extended growing season in the summer or if […]

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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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TweetYou’ve read the horror stories about GMO and GE – genetically modified “frankenfoods” grown from seed that has been engineered in labs to meet a variety of criteria from size and shape conformity to shelf life. These seeds are also bred to resist powerful chemical herbicides and insecticides like Roundup. In fact, many of these […]

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Tweet What if I told you that you could have your dream garden anywhere you wanted it and you’d never have to dig or till to make it happen? Would you be sold if I told you it was almost weed-free as well? Well my friends, it is not only possible, it has been happening […]

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Promoting backyard gardening in an urban setting with inspiration from Ron Finely – a renegade urban gardener making a difference one seed at at time.

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TweetIf you’ve been on the Internet at all, you’ve probably seen the phrase “genetically modified” or GMO bandied about. Some of the reports can be quite scary, so we’ve broken it all down for you here in an easy-to-understand way. A Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) or Genetically Engineered Organism (GEO) is one in which the […]

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Tweet In recent years, as more people are returning to the money saving pleasure of growing their own food at home, we are hearing more about heirloom vegetables. Whether you are buying heirloom seedlings to grow yourself or heirloom tomatoes at a roadside stand, there is no denying the draw of the often misshapen produce […]

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Tweet As spring rolls around the time for getting our plants garden-ready is upon us. For many that means a trip to the local big box store and a trunk full of seedlings, but there are several reasons that you should consider starting your garden from seed this year. For the average price of a […]

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Tweet  It might surprise you to learn that one of the most common questions we get about urban gardening has to do with water. While many new gardeners are worried about the dangers of over watering or under watering their precious plants, still more are concerned about the water itself – specifically tap water. There […]

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Tweet A trend that’s starting to gather a following across the world in recent years, winter sowing is one of the most carefree and simple methods for starting your spring garden seeds outdoors. That’s right, you start them outside. The premise is so basic that it makes so much sense you have to wonder why […]

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Tweet Lavender is one of the most relaxing and sensual aromas in the world.  For thousands of years, lavender has been a prized and precious commodity in civilizations from Egypt to Greece where the fragrant plant was used as a perfume and a tonic. Lavender was so highly prized in Ancient Rome that a pound […]

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Tweet Welcome to the first in a new series here at UrbanFig that focuses on ways to use your kitchen scraps to grow new plants. By now we hope that we have adequately stressed the importance of composting, so the fact that you can compost your vegetable and fruit scraps goes without saying. In some […]

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TweetYou’re excited to get things growing in your new urban garden. You buy the best seeds, start them at the right time and even remember to water them – most of the time. Now there’s something else you’ve got to think about? The answer is yes. Even if the soil in your urban garden looks […]

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TweetMike Lieberman shares with UrbanFig how he creates self-watering containers out of 5 gallon buckets. Watch our video to see how he does it.  

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TweetUSDA planting zones are listed everywhere from books to plant tags and sometimes they can get confusing especially for the novice urban gardener. In this post we are going to look at what the zones are, how they are created and what they mean to gardeners. What is the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map? The […]

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