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Posted on 15 May 2013 by urbangardencasual.com

Wine Bag Planter

Photo Credit: DSC04478 by Rowan used under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Photo Credit: DSC04478 by Rowan used under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

What does a wine bag and a root crop have in common?

Well, on the surface nothing but if you look at the design of the bag and know the requirements of these crops then you can figure out the common ground, which is depth.

A wine bag is a very deep container designed to hold wine bottles and root crops need a certain depth of soil. When combined a wine bag is a perfect container for root crops.

But what is a root crop and how do you plant a wine bag? A root crop is anything by which you eat the root and sometimes the leaves. This includes potatoes, turnips, beets, carrots, and sweet potatoes.

All of these vegetables require a deep soil that is loose and free of stones, which can deform the vegetable if the root hits it. This is where the bag comes into play.

A wine bag is several inches deep and in doing so can address the needs of root crops. First, it can be filled as deep as needed and the soil can be designed to eliminate any stones or soil obstructions.

Second, Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 19 April 2013 by urbangardencasual.com

Potting Bench: A Great Re-purposing Project

Photo Credit: Salvage #3 by 25kim used under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

I am a collector of many things.

Some of these items, I question why I collected them from a second-hand store or saved from the landfill.

Others, on the other hand, I know exactly what I am going to do with them when I pick them up. My find of a bathroom sink fell into this latter category.

This sink’s second life began one day when I was taking a walk.

On the side of the road, I saw a glimmer of light. It actually sparkled and glistened in the light.

Being curious, I walked up to see what it was and low and behold, it was a complete bathroom sink and vanity with gold colored hardware and crystal handles. How lucky I was to discover this find and I knew exactly what I was going to do with it.

I took it home, cleaned it up and noticed that the back was gone. While I was a little disappointed, it did not change my design plan and even worked out better in the end.

The first step in this process is to Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 01 April 2013 by urbangardencasual.com

A True Love for Rosemary (Romarinus coronaries)

Photo Credit: Rosemary by Anja Josson used under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Photo Credit: Rosemary by Anja Josson used under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

The myth of rosemary is one of those very unique ones.

This story twists and winds around what it means to be human.

The story begins in an Italian village where a queen could not get pregnant.

She carried her despair to the garden where she cried over a very prolific rosemary plant. Later on, the queen learned she was expecting and soon gave birth to a beautiful rosemary plant.

Being a dutiful mother, she watered and feed (fertilized) her baby (rosemary plant). Then one day, she went to the garden to find her baby gone.
The King of Spain, who was her nephew, had played a joke on her and removed her baby from the royal gardens. To add to the joke, he watered the queen’s baby goat’s milk.

Then one day Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 31 March 2013 by urbangardencasual.com

The Giving of a Simple Food Basket

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Photo Credit: Looking back by Mystuart used under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Photo Credit: Looking back by Mystuart used under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

This year I have decided to add to my donation list.

I always donate my time at a local food bank during our local Scouting for Food event.

But this year, I have decided to try something different and that is to offer not only food baskets but also seeds that can, in turn, be planted back into the basket.

I know that just placing a few packs of Bibb lettuce seed in between the sweet potatoes, canned cranberries, and packaged dressing will not be enough.

I will need to provide soil and guidance if the project is going to work.

So I closed my eyes, and stuck my hand in a hat full of needy families. I had decided to only try this with four families. If it worked, I would expand upon it next year.

As we filled the bushel baskets with Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 29 March 2013 by urbangardencasual.com

Garden Inspired Christmas Ornaments

christmas tree

Photo Credit: Christmas Tree 2004 by Scott Feldstein used under CC BY 2.0

By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

The other day, I was looking through a book that specialized in Christmas ornaments that showcased a certain profession.

Teachers and nurses were some of the common occupations that were represented.

There was even an auto mechanic inspired ornament, which I jumped on for my son.

But there was not one for one of the oldest occupations and that is …………………..not what you are thinking.

Instead, the occupation I am referring to is farming.

The term “farming” can mean several things. The use of plants, animals, and a combination of both can be used to describe a person who is a farmer. But those Read the rest of this entry »

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