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Gardening Basics

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 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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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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Tweet Gardening is a relaxing, enjoyable pursuit. Except when it isn’t. The truth is that sometimes plants are going to fail. Sometimes entire beds may fail. Gardens fail, but that doesn’t make you a failure. Here are some tips for how to start over when your garden fails: Ask “Why?” When plants fail, there is […]

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TweetNew to gardening or perhaps you’re an old pro? What I find helps newbies or oldies the most in gardening is organization. By keeping my garden supplies in a specific spot, gardening is just plain easier. It definitely works for me – especially when I’m on a tight schedule, which these days feels like all […]

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