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Spring Tulips 2012 PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 29 April 2012 15:23

A short glimpse of some of the lovlies from the garden. They're gone already but here's a short view of them

Last Updated on Monday, 30 April 2012 07:05
Spring on the Cliff in Jersey City PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 13 April 2012 17:16

Here's the lineup at my city garden so far:

red and white tulip

yellow and red tulip

mxed tulips

Right now the fence box greens are getting started too:


Last Updated on Friday, 13 April 2012 17:45
Garden Tower PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 07 April 2012 10:56

I received an interesting email about a new product, The Garden Tower. It combines growing with composting and growing plants vertically. I've watched their video and was impressed. The Garden Tower uses about 7 cubic feet of potting soil and looks suited to urban gardening where space is short. Here is their information:

Garden Tower Project is a socially responsible company located in Bloomington, Indiana. Our mission is to help change the way our world grows its food. Visit our brand-new website www.gardentowerproject.com.
You can follow our progress on facebook at Garden Tower Project and read our daily Garden Haiku on twitter @gardentowerproj. I also have a blog at http://gardentowerproject.wordpress.com/ in which I ruminate on matters vegetative and provide updates on our various Tower experiments."

I'll be following this company to see what happens, as it looks like has potential for city gardeners.

Last Updated on Saturday, 07 April 2012 11:17
Urban Farming Course PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 29 March 2012 14:49

I ran across this and it looked pretty interesting. If you are near an empty lot in an urban area and have a hankering for growing things try this site. URBAN FARMING COURSE.

Mission: To create a movement of urban farmers to build communities, resilient local food systems, and income to support their families.

Your Guides: Curtis Stone, owner and operator or Green City Acres, a 3/4 acre pedal-powered urban farm in Kelowna, BC ($60,000 sales in his second season) and Luke Miller Callahan, founder of GroAction, a hub for social entrepreneurs.

With the economy the way it is and gas going up, this makes a lot of sense.

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 March 2012 15:00
Pocket Gardens PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 24 March 2012 08:01

There was an interesting article on Huffpost on pocket gardens.

If you are interested, try looking at some Japanese gardens. They have (especially in Tokyo where space is at a premium) gardens in really small spaces. Many times, these areas are points of quiet or areas for meditation. I wrote about this last fall in an article called Garden Spaces (Here is the link: Garden Spaces) . You can find all types of areas to put plants in. Have an ugly brick wall facing you? Put up a wired grid and hang small pots off it. Have an ugly garbage can? Put a stand with plants in front of it. If you look around your limited space, you can find areas to put plants in. Stoops are good for staggering pots of flowers or herbs. If you have an unsightly chain link fence, put fence boxes on it with hanging plants to hide it. The ideas will come as you start looking around your small space, just be mindful of the watering and sun needs of the plants.

A great book on these tiny gardens, which features some incredible gardens on balconies and in backyards, is GARDEN VIEWS, Water and Stream Gardens, by Tatsui Teien Kenkyujo. Another good source is CREATING SMALL GARDENS by Roy Strong. Living in a city, we often miss the natural world of plants and green. But this doesn't mean you can't add some yourself with a little imagination and elbow grease. Here are the books mentioned above available on Amazon.com:

Creating Small Gardens:

Garden Views, Water and Stream Gardens:

Last Updated on Saturday, 24 March 2012 10:47
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