Recent Urban Gardening Articles


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How to Get the Best Herb Harvest from Your Garden

Posted by Laura Firszt | Jun 30, 2015

Fresh herbs are packed with delectable taste and aroma, adding piquancy and nutrition to your cooking. They are also fantastic as refreshing iced herbal tea or natural health remedies....


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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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What You MUST Know Before Bringing Plants Indoors

Posted by Laura Firszt | Sep 29, 2014

As the mercury drops, potted plants that thrived in your backyard or on the balcony all summer may begin to find the autumn weather too chilly for their taste. Many plants, notably...


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Simple Pleasures You Can’t Buy with Cash

Posted by Laura Firszt | Sep 24, 2014

Money. It’s a subject that is on everyone’s mind much of the time – how to get it, what to do with it, and how to manage if you don’t have enough of it. True,...