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Posted on 27 April 2013 by urbangardencasual.com

Got Plants? Learn How to Shop for Your Favorite Vegetable Plants

Photo Credit: Seedling by Jennifer C. used under CC BY 2.0

Photo Credit: Seedling by Jennifer C. used under CC BY 2.0

By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

Every spring, garden centers are swamped with perspective gardeners.

Some go right for the plants they want while others roam around confused and dazed.

Regardless of which one you may be, there are hints that can aid you in your plant selection.

Following these hints will not only help you become a better gardener but also a frugal one.

I personally like to grow my own plants from seeds but for some people this is not doable. And frankly, I do not have enough room to grow everything I put in my garden space. For those plants that I purchase, I like to go to businesses that grow their own plants. The reason for this is economical and biological.

Buying in my community keeps my local Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 23 April 2013 by urbangardencasual.com

Creating a Unique Trellis from a Broken Umbrella

Photo Credit: Ex-umbrella by End of Radio used under CC BY 2.0

Photo Credit: Ex-umbrella by End of Radio used under CC BY 2.0

By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

The other day, I was coming across campus when a gust of wind hit my umbrella.

It took all my strength to hang on to this umbrella but when I looked up I noticed that my umbrella was inside out and I was getting wet.

Well, I still needed my broken umbrella and decided to hold on to it.

After my classes were over and I got home, I thought about my umbrella. While I knew I could not repair it, I just could not throw it away without considering a re-purposing or reusing project. The more I looked at the metal skeleton the more I considered alternative uses.

First, I thought of hanging it upside down and using it as a clothesline for light-weight objects. But I really did not like that idea. Another consideration I had was turning the spent umbrella into a plant drying station.

While this was a great idea, I wanted something more unique. Something that had a distinctive flavor and this is when I decided on a trellis.

While this will be a short trellis and not one designed to support Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 21 April 2013 by urbangardencasual.com

3 Unique Uses for Cardboard in the Garden

Photo Credit: Cardboard boxes by Chris Campbell used under CC BY-NC 2.0

Photo Credit: Cardboard boxes by Chris Campbell used under CC BY-NC 2.0

By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

One may wonder how in the world cardboard could be used in the garden.

Well, it has more uses then you think but before we go on we need to learn about cardboard.

Cardboard comes in many shapes, sizes and types.

The type that needs to be used in the garden is the corrugated type that is not covered in plastic.

This plastic can be tape or the decorative coating that covers many boxes on the outside. This covering informs the buyer what is inside.

The other characteristic of cardboard that one needs is the corrugated type. The reason for this is the glue. Healthy soil organisms will not only eat the cardboard but will delight in the glue, which in most cases is made from animals.

Do not worry about colored ink. The tiny amount of heavy metals that could be released is so small that they do not cause any physical harm to humans.

Once you have the correct cardboard, the next question is Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 09 April 2013 by urbangardencasual.com

A New Way of Planting Herbs-Container Garden Planting Disk

Photo Credit: Tiny Tomato Plants by sciondriver used under CC BY-NC 2.0

Photo Credit: Tiny Tomato Plants by sciondriver used under CC BY-NC 2.0

By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

The other day, I was in one of my favorite “feed and seed” just looking around and noticed a new item on their seed rack.

I thought I had seen everything. This included seed tape, seed bombs, and seed cards.

But a seed disk was something new to me.

As I looked through the assortment of seed disks created by Perry-Morse, I found that they were not limited to flowers but also included herbs. Being an herb lover and curious as far as the product, I decided to buy a basil disk.

Once I got it home, I could not wait until spring to plant it. So to the garden shed I went to Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 07 April 2013 by urbangardencasual.com

Foodscaping: What the Heck Is It?

Photo Credit: Foodscaping by Scott Costello used under CC BY 2.0

Photo Credit: Foodscaping by Scott Costello used under CC BY 2.0

By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

Foodscaping is a new term that is used to describe an old technique.

This technique consisted of planting when and where you could to support your family.

During the Depression, this could mean in the back of a truck bed or in a car that doubled as a home.

In recent times, the term “Foodscaping” has been used to describe planting non-traditional plants in a landscape or front yard. While this may seem like a good use of wasted land, in many cities this technique is against community policy.

But what is a gardener to do if they want to “Foodscape” their front lawn. Well, below are a few subtle situations that will allow you to “farm” your front yard without violating city code.

• Container Farming is a colorful and functional way of Read the rest of this entry »

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