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Posted on 11 May 2013 by urbangardencasual.com

The Laziest Way to Garden-Potting Soil Bag Planter

Photo Credit: Using bags of soil to grown a salad garden by American College of Health Care Sciences

Photo Credit: Using bags of soil to grown a salad garden by American College of Health Care Sciences

By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

Many years ago, there was a rash of plantings that were occurring in potting soil bags.

This was a great approach for those urban gardeners who had no land or could not plant a garden on their property.

But as ours lives have gotten busier, the potting soil bag garden is coming back into vogue.

Why would one plant a garden in a bag of potting soil? Well the answer is simple and that is the convenience. There is no mixing; no laying down drainage material, no cleaning containers, and the end of the season cleanup is easy. Just dump the soil in the compost bin or throw it away.

While there are pros, there are also cons to this planting approach. First, there could be a health issue with the toxins in the plastic. As the plastic heats up, the chemicals can contaminate the soil and in doing so will contaminate anything you harvest out of that garden.

Second, Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 29 April 2013 by urbangardencasual.com

Growing Pears in a Container

Photo Credit: Pear Tree by Shihmei Barger used under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Photo Credit: Pear Tree by Shihmei Barger used under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

The other day, I was having lunch with a friend of mine and she ordered a pear salad.

Through our discussion she commented on the fact that she wished she could grow her own pears.

But due to her living environment she felt she could not.

Her living environment was an apartment with a balcony.

Why she felt she could not grow pears perplexed me. She had apple trees, peach trees and even a fig all in a containers on her terrace. As I inquired, she admitted that she really did not know much about raising pears and in doing so she felt it could not be done.

Once the truth was out, I reassured her that yes she could grow pears alongside her other orchard plants. So on to the nursery we went to purchase her pear tree.

You may have noticed that I said pear tree. In this project, we are going to only use Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 07 March 2013 by urbangardencasual.com

3 Ways to Repurporse Your Old Aquarium in Your Urban Garden

Photo Credit: Bonny Kellswater by This Year's Love used under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Photo Credit: Bonny Kellswater by This Year’s Love used under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

The other day, I was walking down the road and saw several aquariums sitting in the trash.

All three had some slight imperfections that prevented them from holding fish.

While their primary purpose was ruined, they still had a lot of usefulness left.

So I rescued these little glass boxes and took them home.

As I walked home, I wondered what I was going to do with three slightly imperfect aquariums.

Once I got these aquariums home, I discovered that they had many uses in the urban garden. Below is a list of the ways I repurposed these aquariums.

1. Aquarium Cloche. I love to get my garden in as soon as possible but Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 25 January 2013 by urbangardencasual.com

3 Ways of Gardening Year Round

Photo Credit: Red Bibb Lettuce by Justin Leonard used under CC BY 2.0

By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

Gardening year round is one way I keep my food budget low or at least my vegetable cost.

But I cannot grow everything year round without a greenhouse and pollinators.

Below is a list of my favorite vegetables to grow in the fall and early spring along with some of my favorite out of the season growing techniques.

  • Bibb lettuce which is a wonderful addition to any salad and wilted with bacon, hard boiled eggs and a vinegar-based salad dressing.
  • Kale which is a superb green that is highly nutritious and easy to fix. It makes a wonderful salad raw, steamed and/or wilted with bacon and apples.
  • Spinach is another highly nutritious green that can be eaten raw, cooked, sautéed, and creamed.

The techniques for growing these wonderful greens abound but I have found 3 simple techniques that do not require special equipment and/or commitment.

  1. Growing in a pot. Greens are very Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted on 17 January 2013 by urbangardencasual.com

3 Simple Ways To Garden When You Have No Land

Photo Credit: Red China Eggplant by Dale Calder used under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

I was standing in the grocery store the other day and heard a woman talking about produce prices.

Her friend suggested that she grow some of her own but to my dismay she said she could not.

This answer was not based on skill but the fact that she had no land.

This lack of what she viewed as gardening space is what prevented her from growing her own. As you can imagine, I had to respond and in doing so told her that there were several ways she could garden.

Since we were standing in line to pay, I only suggested the top 3 ways one could garden without land. If you are one of those who have no land to garden and would like to grow some of your own food, then explore these 3 garden alternatives.

1 Garden in a Soil Bag

Gardening in a bag of soil is a great technique for the gardener who is a little on the lazy side. This technique is great for tomatoes, peppers, lettuces, and squash, just to name a few.

Planting in a bag of soil is simple and only Read the rest of this entry »

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