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Posted on 27 April 2007 by urbangardencasual.com

Urban Gardening Tip: Transfer Soil to Seed Trays Outdoors – Not Indoors

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By Reggie Solomon

Even if it’s freezing outside, bundle up and transfer potting soil to seed trays outdoors.

I planted my second seed tray of the spring today with seeds bought earlier this week. I prepared three trays of tomatoes, basil and edible flowers. Because the weather outside was cold, I prepared the trays inside — meaning I transferred soil from the potting soil bag to the seed trays indoors.

I won’t transfer soil to seed trays indoors ever again — it leaves quite the mess, even if you try to do it carefully.

Save yourself the clean-up headache!

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Posted on 24 April 2007 by urbangardencasual.com

Jumpstart Your Garden by Starting Your Seeds Indoors

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By Reggie Solomon

Get a headstart on the growing season can be starting your plants indoors in seed trays.

You can find seed trays at your local home and garden store or online.

How to Pick the Appropriate Seed Tray
Seed trays tend to come in one standard base tray size but with varying-sized cell spaces.

Generally speaking cell size should mirror the size of the seed and the size of the seedling to be transplanted.

The larger the seed, or the larger the seedling to be transplanted, the larger the cell space you’ll need. The smaller the seed, or the smaller the seedling to be planted, the smaller the cell space you’ll need.

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Posted on 22 April 2007 by urbangardencasual.com

Using a Trellis to Maximize Vertical Growing Space in Your Urban Garden

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By Reggie Solomon

Trellising is an ideal way to utilize the often overlooked vertical space in your urban garden.

You can find pre-made trellis systems from gardening supply stores or you can build your own.

I’m building using Mel Bartholomew’s square-foot gardening trellising system that is constructed from half-inch steel electrical tubing. In addition to providing more vertical growing space than off-the-shelf trellis systems, this system is also more inexpensive.

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Posted on 08 April 2007 by urbangardencasual.com

Measure and Sketch Your Garden

Garden Sketch4By Reggie Solomon

Take an afternoon to measure your garden and can sketch it on paper so you can figure out how to best maximize your space.

You wouldn’t construct a building before creating blueprints, so why start gardening before planning your site?

Use a simple tape measurer to determine the dimensions of your garden. In particular you’ll want to note features such as sidewalks, storm doors and stairways. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 07 April 2007 by urbangardencasual.com

Book Review: Square Foot Gardening: A New Way to Garden in Less Space with Less Work – By Mel Bartholomew

Square Foot Gardending - UrbanGardenCasual.comBy Reggie Solomon

Square foot gardening is the ultimate urban gardening solution!

I stumbled upon this book at the Yale Bookstore this afternoon, and it has changed the way I will forever approach urban gardening.

The Square Foot Gardening book by Mel Bartholomew who also once hosted a similarly-titled television series on public television, is built around gardening in a 4′ x 4′ square subdivided into a grid of sixteen 1′ squares. Mel’s system, which can be organized via a raised bed or at ground-level, incorporates an ingenious vertical trellising design to accommodate vining vegetables such as tomatoes, beans, cucumbers, squash and melons.


The square-foot gardening system is ideal for the urban gardener because it’s suited for small spaces, maximizes growing space by eliminating wasted space between rows, and accommodates vertical growing.

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