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Vegetable Growing Guide

Use this section to guide you to grow your own organic vegetables.

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Label or Ban GMO’s?

by on March 7, 2014

Tweet Here are a few excerpt from this excellent article from Organic Consumer’s Association regarding genetically modified food. What do you think? By Ronnie Cummins Organic Consumers Association, March 6, 2014 Excerpt: Farmers Sound the Alarm about GMO Contamination Between 1994-2012, the number of acres in the U.S. planted in GMO crops has grown significantly. […]

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Tweet   I must admit, I’ve been pretty busy this past summer and my garden has limped along due to my admitted neglect. Remarkably, the prolific Sun Gold cherry tomatoes have done well along with swiss chard, thyme, green onions and King of North peppers. Definitely give these plants a try the next time it’s […]

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Tweet Every garden tells a story. What we see as functional food-producing landscapes always begin with an idea…a seed, if you will. After all, a vegetable garden is a place we plan on spending countless hours, whether planting, harvesting or just being. It’s a pantry, a library, a zoo, a place of relaxation and connection. […]

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Tweet The concept of community gardening has been around for centuries, long before our society made them the cool thing to do. We know they afford individuals and families in urban areas the opportunity to grow their own food when it otherwise might not be possible due to the space restraints of city living, but […]

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Tweet  “The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second best time is now.” Chinese Proverb Trees play an important part in the environment. Not only do they provide shade and beauty to an area, they provide homes for animals and insects and even help to cool the Earth. According to […]

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UrbanFig: Rutabaga

How to Grow Rutabaga

by on February 11, 2013

Tweet It is known as the Russian, Swedish and Canadian Turnip and other names, but no matter what you call it, the rutabaga is one root vegetable that deserves to be in your urban garden and on your dinner plate. As the nicknames imply, the rutabaga is a relative of the delicious turnip. Interestingly enough, […]

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Tweet Groundhog Day is more than just a classic comedy film. The annual celebration has its roots in European folklore. Legend has it that on Groundhog Day celebrated on February 2 each year, if the groundhog emerges from his burrow and sees his shadow, he will be scared back into the burrow and spring will […]

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Tweet Potatoes usually take quite a bit of ground space to grow, which is why many urban gardeners steer clear of growing them. Now it is possible to grow potatoes at home with just a small footprint of ground to work with, and the yield may even be bigger than it would have otherwise been. […]

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Hydroponics: The Basics

by on January 18, 2013

Tweet Hydroponics is the process of growing plants in a soilless medium. There are differing schools of thought about the specifics, with some aficionados preferring to use sand, gravel, or even liquid alone. What these different methods share in common though is the addition of water soluble nutrients to the water. It is a common […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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UrbanFig: Pruning Blackberries

How to Prune Blackberries

by on November 27, 2012

Tweet Berries like blackberries and raspberries are a challenge to pick, due to their thorny canes. This is especially true if you are trying to pick wild berries, or simply picking from plants that have not been pruned often or well. It will make you happy to know that with proper annual pruning, you can […]

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UrbanFig: Goji Berries

How to Grow Goji Berries

by on November 26, 2012

TweetThe wolfberry (more commonly known as the goji berry) is a perennial in zones 3 – 10, handling both heat and cold remarkably well. What they do need is soil with a pH between 6.8 and 8.1, so to get started on the right foot, a soil test is a great beginning point when you […]

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UrbanFig: Rhubarb

How to Grow Rhubarb

by on November 20, 2012

Tweet A prolific and beautiful perennial that will look just as good in the ornamental garden as it does in the vegetable garden, rhubarb is a cool weather plant that requires a dormancy period under 40 F degrees for proper growth, so if your planting zone meets those criteria, rhubarb just might be the plant […]

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UrbanFig: Where to Grow Blueberries

Where to Grow Blueberries

by on November 19, 2012

TweetFirst, a few basic rules for growing blueberries in the urban garden: 1. You will need an acidic soil with a pH anywhere between 4.1 and 5.0. 2. Your blueberry plants will require full sunlight, and lots of it. 3. Blueberry plants love moisture and should be consistently and adequately watered, but they must have […]

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Tweet Here’s what you need to know about growing blueberries in containers and raised beds: 1. Use a larger pot than you think you will need. Blueberries need space – lots of space – and regular pots won’t cut it. Go with a pot that is at least 18” or you aren’t going to see […]

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