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Soil Test This Fallnew

Testing the soil in a vegetable garden is quickly done, and the benefits are long-term. University of Illinois Extension horticulture educator Richard Hentschel said that if the soil is right, gardeners should be able to produce fresh vegetables all season long.
Illinois Times  |  Staff  |  09-25-2012  |  Environment

Vegetable Gardening for Dummiesnew

You don't need fancy equipment or gardening expertise to grow your own food.
East Bay Express  |  Linnea Due  |  05-10-2012  |  Gardening

Loco for Locavore: 9 Ways to Taste the Food of the Futurenew

In a world where big brand mayo companies are pushing their locavore roots, we've got to cut through the noise. To help you freshen up your locavore diet we're feeding you nine freshly-picked ideas that source no further than 100 miles from your front door and grow as close 10 feet from your back steps.
NOW Magazine  |  Adria Vasil  |  04-19-2011  |  Food+Drink

Awesome Green Roof Designs Invade Cities, but On-High Agriculture Isn't Ready for its Closeupnew

It turns out that not all building walls can bear the extra load of soil on roofs, especially the box stores thrown up for the lowest price to move discounted goods. There are also security and safety issues with having so many people on roofs, issues that planners are still wrestling with.
NOW Magazine  |  Wayne Roberts  |  11-02-2009  |  Food+Drink

Dallas Acts Like it Supports Community Gardens, but That's Not the Real Truthnew

City officials adamantly deny they harbor any anti-organics bias and say they are committed to moving the entire city closer to organic methods of land management. But longtime local garden advocates insist City Hall has never given them anything but the back of the hand, beginning years before the recent spike in interest.
Dallas Observer  |  Jim Schutze  |  10-19-2009  |  Gardening

Cultivating Honey the Bee's Knees for West Philly Residentsnew

Bartram's Garden, the pre-revolutionary estate of naturalist John Bartram, has become home to the buzz of honeybee colonies tended by passionate locals.
Philadelphia Weekly  |  Dan Packel  |  08-03-2009  |  Food+Drink

Why Has NYC Gone Crazy For Coleus?new

A bounty of new varieties have given new life to the Disco Era's favorite potted plant, and New York has taken notice.
North Coast Journal  |  Amy Stewart  |  07-16-2009  |  Gardening

What the Cluck? Urban Chicken Raising Gets Hipnew

Does simplifying agricultural traditions -- and contracting out the unpleasant aspects of rural life -- make the desire for a slice of the country in the city any less genuine? Most would say no and that it takes more than Google to learn how to properly kill a chicken.
Boise Weekly  |  Tara Morgan  |  07-08-2009  |  Gardening

My Worm Compost Bin Produces a Great Garden ... and a Clear Consciencenew

Why would anyone willingly keep hundreds of worms in her kitchen? Because the United States produces more than 30 million tons of organic waste each year, and when that material ends up in either the incinerator or the landfill, it creates far more problems than benefits.
City Pages (Twin Cities)  |  Rachel Hutton  |  07-08-2009  |  Gardening

DIY: Raised Garden Bednew

This summer, we chose to plant a variety of bell peppers, squash, tomatoes and herbs in a raised garden bed. Here’s how to do it.
Jackson Free Press  |  Melia Dicker and Darren Schwindaman  |  06-26-2009  |  Gardening

Sowing the Future: International Seed Saving Daynew

Just as farmers in the developing world are facing challenges to their old way of cultivation, so are those in the developed world. With more and more of the seed for our major food crops being developed and sold by fewer and larger companies, the loss of diversity is just as troublesome here.
Santa Barbara Independent  |  Virginia Hayes  |  02-02-2009  |  Gardening

Why Does it Take $46K to Start a Community Garden in San Diego?new

The nonprofit International Rescue Committee never thought it would spend $46,000 to get permits for an organic garden on the stretch of unused, city-owned land. They figured that the city surely would want folks to farm the land, in the name of food security.
San Diego CityBeat  |  Rebecca Tolin  |  01-14-2009  |  Gardening

How Radio Show Host Howard Garrett Pushed Dallas to the Center of the Organic Gardening Movementnew

In 1989 when Garrett launched his first garden show on WBAP-820 AM, the "chemical-pusher" language barely matched the level of invective hurled at him by detractors. This was one tough town for an organic gardener.
Dallas Observer  |  Jim Schutze  |  07-21-2008  |  Gardening

Dirty Buttons: Bogged Gardensnew

Most people assume these striking, alien plants are rare tropical exotics, but they’re not. The venus flytrap is native to a very small coastal plain in the Carolinas, and sundews and pitcher plants can be found from southern Florida to as far north as Canada.
Philadelphia Weekly  |  Lord Whimsy  |  07-07-2008  |  Gardening

Let's Talk Shade Gardensnew

If you have a small deck or courtyard, you can still cultivate a serene urban oasis: Use small raised beds, artful clusters of colorful pots or old containers like bathtubs, buckets and barrels.
Philadelphia Weekly  |  Lord Whimsy  |  06-30-2008  |  Gardening

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