Posted on 06 May 2008 by urbangardencasual.com
By Cindy Naas
1. A good sharp trowel
try a variety of handle shapes in order to find the perfect fit for your hand. More expensive does not mean better in a trowel, but a good stainless steel solid shaft is important. A trowel welded onto its handle is more likely to break in dry or compacted soil.
2. Secateurs, or hand pruners
I own Felco bypass pruners, and I could not garden without my secateurs. This is the one tool I am willing to spend a fair amount on. Mine are easy to use even for people who have weak hands, and I bought the optional leather hip holster so my secateurs are always handy whenever I am outside in my garden.
3. A shovel
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Posted on 07 April 2007 by urbangardencasual.com
By 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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