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Posted on 13 August 2012 by urbangardencasual.com

A Brooklyn Garden Summer

Photo Credit: JoJo Demirel

By Reggie Solomon

We love Brooklyn, and we love Brooklyn urban gardeners even more. 

Enjoy these photos from JoJo Demirel’s Red Hook urban garden in Brooklyn.

If you have photos you’d like to share, please share them on our Flickr page.

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Posted on 07 November 2011 by urbangardencasual.com

Water Conservation and Responsible Gardening

By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

As the news rolls across my computer screen, I pick up on what is becoming a yearly occurrence it seems and that is a wide spread drought.

Many third world countries continue to suffer from drought conditions and shortages of food but the United States.

My response to this is YES the United States. While we can spend time on arguing over what and who is responsible, I like to act in a proactive way.

Since gardening, in recent years, has experienced resurgence, I feel we, gardeners, should share in responsible water use.

To begin this process, we first need to know what choices we have in water conservation.

Gray Water

Gray water is water from that contains only soap no waste. Water from washing dishes, brushing your teeth and even taking a shower can be processed and used to water the garden. Some equipment is required and some cities have regulations on gray water use so check before using.

This is a great reuse of our water resources that we use everyday.

Cooking Water

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Posted on 13 December 2010 by urbangardencasual.com

Welcoming Spring with Green Onions

green_onionBy Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

I have always associated the start of spring not by what is on the calendar but what I plant in the garden.

The planting of fresh spinach, and Bibb lettuce along with green onions has always marked the start of spring on my planting calendar.

But planting the first spring bed requires some tricks of the trade.

Green Onions

These beauties are easy to grow and are a vegetable to start with if you are a beginning vegetable gardener. I have never planted green onions in any area they did not grow.

A loamy soil mixed with compost is perfect. They can also be planted in containers but regardless of where you plant them there does exist a trick of the trade.

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Posted on 17 June 2008 by urbangardencasual.com

Look at My Garden! See How it Grows!

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By Michael Nolan

It has been a while since I have subjected you to an update of the progress from my own personal urban garden, so I felt it was something that as long overdue.

Here, therefore, is the latest in the ongoing saga that is my gardening life.

Despite a few devastating tomato-related setbacks (I lost quite a few of my seedlings due to an unfortunate run of bad weather), I have two strong and healthy heirlooms that are growing like gangbusters.

The two pictured here are my Mr. Stripey (“Livia”) and my Russian Black (“Svetlana”), both in 5-gallon buckets. Not pictured are my remaining seedlings from one Radiator Charlie’s Mortgage Lifter and one Abraham Lincoln Original. Read the rest of this entry »

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