How to Maintain the Perfect Veggie Garden in the City
Jul03

How to Maintain the Perfect Veggie Garden in the City

We love living in the city for the vibrant culture, community gatherings, and amazing food. For all the things city living brings, one thing it doesn’t make easy is gardening. Don’t despair though because in any concrete jungle you have options for building the perfect garden for your needs – you just need to know where to start. Let’s begin with the basics of what you should be growing for best results in the city. Herbs Photo...

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Helpful and harmful insects
Aug28

Helpful and harmful insects

Although it’s virtually impossible to count them, insects are the most diverse group of organisms on the planet. Nine hundred thousand different kinds of insects are known to exist. At any given time, it is estimated that there are around 10 quintillion individual insects living. Gardeners grow frustrated when seeing their gardens infested with insects. In an effort to restore their gardens, homeowners might be tempted to eradicate...

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Design a garden for all senses
Aug07

Design a garden for all senses

Gardens add visual appeal to a yard, but gardens also can appeal to individuals’ senses of smell, taste, touch, and sound. Gardeners who want to create gardens that appeal to various senses can do so in the following ways.     Sight Aesthetic appeal is one of the most sought-after benefits of gardening. However, many homeowners put in so much effort planting for one particular season that they may not give thought to...

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Create a Kitchen Garden to Last a Lifetime
Jul24

Create a Kitchen Garden to Last a Lifetime

Imagine harvesting a basket of fresh, organic fruit and vegetables from your own backyard this fall… Potatoes, carrots, onions, lettuce, blueberries… As more and more people focus on their food miles and food heritage, having a kitchen garden is becoming fashionable once more. Not only is it cheaper and more convenient than a trip to the grocery store, but “growing your own” produces fresh food that is free from artificial hormones or...

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Items to avoid when composting
May29

Items to avoid when composting

Black walnut tree leaves or twigs: Leaves or twigs from black walnut release substances that might prove harmful to plants. Coal or charcoal ash: Coal or ash from charcoal, such as the ash that builds up in the bottom of charcoal grills, may contain substances that are harmful to plants. Dairy products: When added to compost piles, dairy products, including butter, milk, sour cream, yogurt and eggs, can be malodorous and may attract...

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Tips for novice composters
May01

Tips for novice composters

The United States Environmental Protection Agency notes that food scraps and yard waste account for between 20 and 30 per cent of what we throw away. But thanks to composting, such waste can be put to work rather than discarded. Compost is organic material that helps plants grow when added to soil. Benefiting the planet in myriad ways, compost enriches the soil by helping it retain moisture. The EPA notes that composting also reduces...

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