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Posted on 29 April 2013 by

Growing Pears in a Container

Photo Credit: Pear Tree by Shihmei Barger used under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Photo Credit: Pear Tree by Shihmei Barger used under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

The other day, I was having lunch with a friend of mine and she ordered a pear salad.

Through our discussion she commented on the fact that she wished she could grow her own pears.

But due to her living environment she felt she could not.

Her living environment was an apartment with a balcony.

Why she felt she could not grow pears perplexed me. She had apple trees, peach trees and even a fig all in a containers on her terrace. As I inquired, she admitted that she really did not know much about raising pears and in doing so she felt it could not be done.

Once the truth was out, I reassured her that yes she could grow pears alongside her other orchard plants. So on to the nursery we went to purchase her pear tree.

You may have noticed that I said pear tree. In this project, we are going to only use Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 07 March 2013 by

3 Ways to Repurporse Your Old Aquarium in Your Urban Garden

Photo Credit: Bonny Kellswater by This Year's Love used under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Photo Credit: Bonny Kellswater by This Year’s Love used under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

The other day, I was walking down the road and saw several aquariums sitting in the trash.

All three had some slight imperfections that prevented them from holding fish.

While their primary purpose was ruined, they still had a lot of usefulness left.

So I rescued these little glass boxes and took them home.

As I walked home, I wondered what I was going to do with three slightly imperfect aquariums.

Once I got these aquariums home, I discovered that they had many uses in the urban garden. Below is a list of the ways I repurposed these aquariums.

1. Aquarium Cloche. I love to get my garden in as soon as possible but Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 17 January 2013 by

3 Simple Ways To Garden When You Have No Land

Photo Credit: Red China Eggplant by Dale Calder used under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

I was standing in the grocery store the other day and heard a woman talking about produce prices.

Her friend suggested that she grow some of her own but to my dismay she said she could not.

This answer was not based on skill but the fact that she had no land.

This lack of what she viewed as gardening space is what prevented her from growing her own. As you can imagine, I had to respond and in doing so told her that there were several ways she could garden.

Since we were standing in line to pay, I only suggested the top 3 ways one could garden without land. If you are one of those who have no land to garden and would like to grow some of your own food, then explore these 3 garden alternatives.

1 Garden in a Soil Bag

Gardening in a bag of soil is a great technique for the gardener who is a little on the lazy side. This technique is great for tomatoes, peppers, lettuces, and squash, just to name a few.

Planting in a bag of soil is simple and only Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 09 June 2012 by

Recreating my Own Hanging Gardens of Babylon

By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

This year, I am going to recreate the Hanging Gardens of Babylon for someone I care about and that is my uncle.

He loves to garden but having one lung has put a crimp in his style.

He has always been one of those gardeners that loves soil underneath his nails and feels that the only gardening that counts is one that comes from a bent back.

So, this year, I have decided to create a garden for him. This garden will once again allow him to get soil underneath his fingernails. The bent over back will be replaced through the garden design.

Before I begin my garden design, I always like to know the history behind a garden design and the Gardens of Babylon are no different. This garden’s idea came from the true love that one man had for his wife. This man was Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 25 November 2011 by

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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