Posted on 07 May 2013 by urbangardencasual.com
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By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter
When my children were young, we used to walk to preschool.
As we walked, we would review the letter of the week, colors and simple math.
On the way home, we would discuss what they learned in school and stop for snack at our local pizza parlor.
But when spring came, our routine changed. We still continued to review what was learned in school but we also started observing nature.
As luck would have it, my daughter was a flower collector. She could never pass up a patch of flowers and in doing so I was always caring home fists full of poesies. While the dandelions, clover, wild carrot and violets were beautiful, I always was looking for a different way of holding my daughter’s collection.
Then one day it came to me. Why not create wearable flower art that she could take with her to class. So Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on 13 September 2008 by urbangardencasual.com
By Vanessa Richins
I am fascinated by butterflies.
There’s at least one good reason : my name actually means butterfly in Greek.
I’m not the only person who loves them, though. Many people hope to have these dainty insects visit their garden.
Here are some tips and plants that help bring butterflies to your yard, courtesy of the National Wildlife Federation.
1. Put plants in full sun.
When choosing your plants, try to pick the ones that grow in full sun, as this is the kind of lighting most favorable for butterfly feeding. Consult a book or catalog for all plants you are interested in planting.
2. Don’t use insecticides.
When we think of pesticides, you Read the rest of this entry »
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 »