How to grow your own food

How to Grow Your Own Food: A Step-by-Step Guide Got a big enough garden or by any chance a fruit tree farm? Great, you are fortunate enough to grow your own, healthy food. Growing food yourself is pretty enjoyable. It helps you spend some time in nature and saves a lot of bucks on daily […]

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Caterpillar with red horn

The caterpillar with red horn is also known as the tomato hornworm, and if you are growing Tomatoes its almost a sure thing that you have to meet them.   If you’ve ever grown tomatoes, chances are good that you’ve dealt with these green caterpillar pests. There are two main garden pest species, tomato hornworms and tobacco hornworms. which […]

The Dirt on Edible Flowers (and the Top Ten You Must Try!)

Originally from https://gardentherapy.ca/ten-edible-flowers/

Why decorate with sprinkles when you have petals? There are so many scrumptious and zesty edible flowers out there to try. Check out this guide on how to grow edible flowers and which ones are my favourite to include in cooking, cake decorating, or simply because they are just too pretty not to have! Who … Read More about The Dirt on Edible Flowers (and the Top Ten You Must Try!)

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Gardens of the World: Growing Influences

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Roofs with vegetation are widely believed to extend roof life, conserve energy, and reduce stormwater runoff and air pollution; new studies show they can also boost the performance of solar panels. Plants reduce a roof’s contribution to the urban heat-island effect by lowering the surrounding air temperature through evaporation; this cooling can also make photovoltaic panels perform more efficiently. Plants also reduce airborne pollutants and dust particles, allowing the panels to absorb more sunlight.

GSFI CEO Madeline Cammarata comments, “In the last few years, rooftop gardening has been growing exponentially. The opportunity and necessity to grow crops on rooftops and inside tall buildings allows for efficient use of the limited space found in cities and we have the infrastructure in place to begin cultivating these structures alongside and even within a select group of our current projects.”

READ THE FULL ARTICLE: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/solar-urban-farming-implements-impactful-100000918.html

 

‘Leave the Leaves!’

Originally from https://www.urbanorganicgardener.com/2020/12/leave-the-leaves/

WMICENTRAL.COM – This has become a rallying cry by gardeners, natural landscape enthusiasts and ecologists. To let fallen leaves stay where they land in yards across America is becoming a popular trend. Not because homeowners and gardeners are lazy (so we claim), but because the leaves provide a protective habitat and ecosystem for the insects, critters and microbes that survive under a blanket of nutrients and protection that leaves furnish over the winter.

The latest natural science recommendation is to simply let the leaves fall where they may which allows insects, amphibians, worms, beetles, millipedes, mites, and larvae of pollinators such as butterflies, moths as well as bees to survive the winter months and complete their life cycle.

Nowadays, leaving the leaves is being a good steward of wildlife. That means we are no longer “leaf slackers.” We’re great contributors to providing eco habitats for pollinators such as the Monarch butterflies which are approaching massive depopulation due to urban sprawl and the heavy use of herbicides and insecticides. Bee populations are also decreasing due to Colony Collapse Disorder, whereby bees mysteriously disappear from their hives, never to return. The decline of these two important pollinators threatens food production which is becoming a worldwide problem. Therefore, leaving the leaves in yards and gardens is a good thing which leaf raking neatniks need to understand and appreciate.

Leave the leaves?! Yes or no…

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How to Grow Lilacs for a Fragrant Spring

Originally from https://gardentherapy.ca/how-to-grow-lilacs/

Tough and hardy on the inside and beautiful and fragrant on the outside, you get the best of both worlds with lilacs! Considered by many gardeners to be the official sign of spring, lilac flowers are a true delight after a long, cold winter. This lilac grow guide covers all the important details you need … Read More about How to Grow Lilacs for a Fragrant Spring

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Shanghai’s First Unmanned Farm

Originally from https://www.urbanorganicgardener.com/2020/12/unmanned/

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NEWS.CGTN.COM – China’s rural development still faces many contradictions and problems, such as the decline of farmers’ enthusiasm for growing grain, the increasing difficulty of farmers’ continuous income increase, and the aging of rural areas increasingly serious, the recently released “2020 China Agricultural and Rural Development Report” shows.

Many experts believe the construction of “unmanned farms” can solve this kind of problem by helping reduce labor intensity and improving agricultural production efficiency, while with the rapid development of agricultural science technology and its in-depth application, unmanned farms have become an important hot spot for the country’s development of modern agriculture consequently.

Would you like to see more farms here in the US take this approach combined with organic gardening methods? 

READ THE FULL STORY: https://news.cgtn.com/news/2020-11-27/Shanghai-s-first-unmanned-farm-VL7XCxJfj2/index.html

A Gardener’s List Of Things To Be Thankful For

Originally from https://www.urbanorganicgardener.com/2020/11/thankfulness/

NORTHCOUNTRYOUTLOOK.COM – Here are a few of my thoughts on things to be thankful for this Thanksgiving…

Battery-powered tools –  Many of you may know that I love my leaf blower for all the work it can do in places where it is difficult to rake without removing all the gravel or mulch. Over the years I have probably owned just about every incarnation of a gasoline-powered yard care tool ever manufactured. While they were fast and efficient, they also came with noise and air pollution challenges. This year I have upgraded most of these tools to battery-powered units that are clean and quiet and I am extremely thankful for this new technology. I highly recommend that you try some of them out.

Fall Color and Seasons –  Growing up in southern California didn’t afford me much exposure to fall color or seasonal changes for that matter.  Living in the northwest seems to be just the right combination of fall foliage color and seasonal variations. I am thankful for our seasons that bring change but also order to my gardening world. They give me something to look forward to every month of the year.

READ THE REST OF THE LIST AT: https://www.northcountyoutlook.com/the_whistling_gardener/a-gardeners-list-of-things-to-be-thankful-for/article_3a7f8620-2e75-11eb-a8db-93e2818f6eec.html

America’s Best Cities for Urban Gardening

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“Florida may be known as the Sunshine State, but it deserves another nickname — the Gardening State (not to be confused with New Jersey, the Garden State). Three cities in Florida are at the top of our list of America’s Best Cities for Urban Gardening, and another three Sunshine State cities finished in the top 12.

Another sunny state — California — boasts two cities in the top tier.

What about the four other cities in the top 12? Well, they might be as surprising as a rose bush blooming during the winter in Minneapolis.

LawnStarter ranked the 150 biggest cities for urban gardening because tending to herbs, vegetables, and fruit trees is especially popular during the coronavirus pandemic.

With more of us stuck at home, gardening gets us outside. It also provides food security at a time when store shelves are running bare.

So, what are the best U.S. cities for urban gardening? CLICK THE LINK BELOW!”

The Top 12 Best Cities for Urban Gardening

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