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Posted on 15 June 2012 by urbangardencasual.com

Growing Plums In Conjunction with The Hunger Games

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By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

It is really kind of funny how each generation has a book of dooms-day and this book is full of scandal and intrigue.

This year’s book and movie seems to be The Hunger Games.

The just of this story is the fact the world has out grown its “green jeans” and something has to be done.

This story line is a universal truth that we as a society seem to ignore. When I was in school, the scandalous book was 1984, which I read in 1982. The premise of this book was again, our society growing too big and technology not being able to catch up with our massive numbers.

In The Hunger Games, though, culinary likes are described and Katriss makes a point to like the lavish meal of lamb and plums served in the Capitol. To help one replicate this dish and make it, at least part, hyperlocal, I would like to discuss plums.

A plum tree is a great addition to any orchard but Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 07 June 2012 by urbangardencasual.com

Life in the Strawberry Patch or My Version of a Strawberry Patch

By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

Being an urban gardener with only 1/5th of an acre to farm on, land is very valuable.

I try very hard to plan my garden and to grow as much as I can but sometimes you just have to go hummmmm.

This is what I have done for years when it comes to strawberry production.

I have always felt that I did not want to use that much land for strawberries but frankly I am tired of hard, tasteless fruit, so this year I am going to take the plunge. But…..

Like I said, I cannot justify setting aside that much land so I am going to create my own “land” and that is a container garden.

I am going to plant two containers full of strawberries this year but not just strawberries. I plan to plant my very own strawberry salad planters and utilizing the good neighbor technique. Using this technique should be very successful and will provide me with a bigger bang for my container.

The first planter I am going to plant is Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 25 November 2011 by urbangardencasual.com

Extending the Growing Season by Bringing in Ones Herbs-Part II

By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

As discussed in part I, fresh herbs are a great addition to ones indoor gardening arsenal.

They provide flavoring for food, scents rooms, bathes, and provide overall beauty.

But container choice will depend more on where you plan to place your herb garden.

Traditionally, herb gardens have been found on the windowsill but other choices remain and utilize not only the horizontal space but also the vertical.

Strawberry Urn

A strawberry urn or pot is a great container for herbs. The pockets on the side of this planter make planting an assortment of herbs easy. If you plan to use this type of planter, make sure that it will be placed in a location that receives at least six hours of sunlight.

Before planting the strawberry urn, one must get the supplies together. Each urn will have its own number of planting openings so make sure you have enough plants for each pocket and the top.

Next the planter will need to be cleaned before it is planted. To do this, simply submerge the planter in a bucket of warm, soapy water with one cap full of bleach. Scrub and remove any soil particles, rinse and let dry out in the sun. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 23 November 2011 by urbangardencasual.com

Extending the Growing Season by Bringing in Ones Herbs-Part I

By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

As the fall winds blow, many of my lovely garden plants begin to slow down and die.

The delightful taste of summer begins to slip away and be replaced by hearty meals filled with numerous root crops.

What I miss the most when summer drifts away is the taste of fresh herbs.

In the past, I bought so called fresh herbs from the grocery store.

These never really tasted as good as those I grew in the garden. So a few years ago, I decided to grow my own fresh herbs indoors.

Most herbs will do fine indoors. The key to their growth is providing the correct amount of sunlight and not overwatering.

Annual herbs are very easy to grow and can be started anew by reseeding in a container. Several herbal seeds are very Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 19 November 2011 by urbangardencasual.com

Micro-gardening the Square Inch Way

By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

I love to work with those who say they cannot garden.

The reasons for not gardening range from not having land, space, time or talent.

But these really are just excuses and anyone can garden in any space with very little time commitment.

The key to this is to start small, not only in space but variety of plants, and to realize that to learn one must make a few mistakes.

These mistakes should be used not as failures but as a learning opportunity.

Many habits that our society has create perfect opportunities for gardening. Our fast paced lifestyle generates trash that can be used to grow food. Takeout containers, plastic produce containers and containers that sprouts come in are just a few of these trash items that can be converted to containers for micro-gardening.

To start your own micro-garden begins with Read the rest of this entry »

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