Posted on 07 July 2008 by urbangardencasual.com
By Vanessa Richins
Mary C. writes: “I would like to plant a dwarf peach tree in a container and bring it indoors for the winter for year round peaches. Will this work? What size container? What kind of soil?”
Hello. I have some good news and some bad news.
You certainly can plant a dwarf peach tree in a container. Another possibility, depending on the height of your ceiling, could be one of the new columnar peaches, which grow in a very narrow, upright shape.
You would want to start with a container that is a few inches larger than Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on 21 April 2008 by urbangardencasual.com
By Michael Nolan
I’ve been offering advice on home gardening for quite a few years now, and the most common excuse I hear from people who don’t have a garden is that they lack the space they need.
Nothing sets me off like the word can’t, and most often these people get a full scale lesson in gardening for small spaces whether they like it or not. Just about anyone, anywhere can handle a bit of container gardening.
Did you know that in the 1940s here in America nearly half of all fresh produce in this country was grown at home in Victory Gardens? Over the years it seems as though we as a society become so spoiled that we forgot how to take care of ourselves. But I digress. Let’s discuss how you — regardless of your available space — can grow at least some of your own vegetables and herbs at home.
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Posted on 20 April 2008 by urbangardencasual.com
By Cindy Naas
Containers are the perfect option for city gardeners since they take up so little room.
Growing vegetables is a good enough reason to container garden, but if you want to make your garden do double duty, here are some ways to make your city garden look as great as the veggies will taste.
These plants and combinations will add a colorful splash to your garden:
1. ‘Bright Lights’ swiss chard – this is a beautiful plant. The stalks of chard come in orange, red, pink, cream and lavender and make a wonderful backdrop for pots of pansies. One of my favorite containers always has ‘Bright Lights’, some purple icicle pansies and some trailing green ivy. By the time we’ve eaten all the chard, it’s time to swap out the pansies for some hot weather flowers.
2. Tomatoes and marigolds – the marigold is a great Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on 18 April 2008 by urbangardencasual.com
By Cindy Naas
Growing veggies in a container garden is a fun way to bring fresh produce to your table even if you live in the middle of a big city.
Thanks to Urban Garden Casual, you’ve got the secret recipe for mixing perfect container soil.
Here are some tips to make sure that your garden is everything you want it to be.
There are so many pretty pots to choose from when you go to your local nursery or home improvement store. But, are all pots created equal? Well, it depends. Read the rest of this entry »