Recent Urban Gardening Articles


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Is Your House Ready for a Roof Garden?

Posted by Laura Firszt | May 31, 2016

Would you love to create a lovely flower garden or a practical patch of fresh, organic herbs and veggies? If you live in an urban home where outdoor space is limited – or even...


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Why Your Plants Need Pruning

Posted by Laura Firszt | Jun 14, 2015

"And what is so rare as a day in June? Then, if ever, come perfect days ..." (James Russell Lowell). When I mentioned this exuberant quote to some friends, I was met with blank looks....


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Curbside Planting Primer

Posted by Laura Firszt | Jun 02, 2015

Hell strip. That's another name for the skinny little plot of land sandwiched between two expanses of concrete -- the sidewalk and the curb. Although technically owned by the city,...


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Use a Patio Planter to Grow Fresher, Easier Veggies

Posted by Laura Firszt | Dec 08, 2014

Who says you can't grow vegetables on a concrete patio? When you use a raised container, it's as easy as spinach pie -- even easier, in fact, than conventional veggie gardening. You...


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13 Things You May Not Be Allowed to Do in Your Backyard

Posted by Laura Firszt | Nov 06, 2014

A man's -- or woman's -- home is their castle, correct? Well … sometimes. Although you might think you have the right to do whatever you want in the privacy of your backyard,...


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Why It's Great to Grow Kale Indoors

Posted by Laura Firszt | Oct 28, 2014

Kale is the "it" superfood of the 2010s, the mason jar of the vegetable kingdom. And with good reason! This dark green member of the cabbage family, whether flat-leaf or curly, packs...


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It's Easy to Grow Your Own Amazing Aloe Vera

Posted by Laura Firszt | Sep 16, 2014

Aloe vera has been on my mind since I spoke with a non-gardening friend recently. He was tentatively interested in growing a few houseplants. At that point all the windowsills and side...


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Freeze Produce Now to Enjoy Summer Flavor All Year

Posted by Laura Firszt | Aug 31, 2014

Nature’s bounty is at its peak as summer winds down. Are you lucky enough to have your own organic garden? It’s likely to be brimming with fresh, luscious fruits and vegetables...