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Posted on 20 December 2008 by

Neighborhood Transformed in One Day Makeover

By Vanessa Richins

Residents of Orlando may have been startled if they passed the Willows neighborhood after December 11th, 2008.

Before, there had just been a vacant lot with weeds and bushes.

Now, however, they see a beautiful fenced garden.

It all happened in just one day.

The project was sponsored by the Home Depot Foundation and Fiskars’ Project Orange Thumb garden program. They donated the design, tools, plants and all other project supplies. With the help of over 50 volunteers, the Willows neighborhood was transformed over Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 09 October 2008 by

How Green is Your Valley?

By Cindy Naas

I’ve been traveling a bit this summer, and one of the things I most enjoy doing when visiting a new city is to see just how visible urban gardeners are.

I’ve found some amazing rooftop gardens, have been delighted by finding all sorts of veggies tucked into more formal floral gardens, and have even found a guerrilla garden planted in the middle of a traffic roundabout.

People are taking urban gardening to heart, and that is good news!

I want to know what your cities look like. Which city has the highest number of urban Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 06 June 2008 by

Growing Vegetables And Community in the City

By Cindy Naas

When my children were very small I was determined to get them involved in growing vegetables and in being close to the earth even though we live in a city.

I grew up on a farm and learned to garden with my dad and wanted to pass that on to my sons.

However, when I began gardening with them I quickly discovered that many neighbors had never even grown a pot of tomatoes on a balcony, much less had an entire vegetable garden to tend and enjoy.

That made me think about not only how cut off most people are from the land but how isolated many people are in a city. Most of us don’t know Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 30 May 2008 by

Join a Community Garden

By Vanessa Richins

One easy way that urban dwellers can participate in gardening is through a community garden.

In a community garden, a group of people share plots in one common piece of land.

This is a great way for those with no space to still enjoy the wonders of gardening. You can look at the American Community Garden Association’s website, to see if there is one near you.

If there is not one nearby, you could consider starting your own. There are several steps involved in starting a community garden.

1. Planning: As with any project, you must first Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 24 May 2008 by

This Week in Urban Gardens

By Reggie Solomon

  • We know urban garden plots can be small and tight. For those of us who love tomatoes, Vanessa Richins at Tomato Casual, tells us about tomatoes’ top arch enemies in the garden when it comes to companion planting.
  • Bill Stanley at Home Gardening Tips shares cylinder gardening basics for people who have small spaces and who want to garden vertically.
  • Cindy Naas, here at Urban Garden Casual shares tips on how to build a water garden. Rees Cowden at Green Side Up offers additional tips on building a cheap and inexpensive water garden feature.

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