Posted on 23 April 2013 by urbangardencasual.com
Photo Credit: Ex-umbrella by End of Radio used under CC BY 2.0
By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter
The other day, I was coming across campus when a gust of wind hit my umbrella.
It took all my strength to hang on to this umbrella but when I looked up I noticed that my umbrella was inside out and I was getting wet.
Well, I still needed my broken umbrella and decided to hold on to it.
After my classes were over and I got home, I thought about my umbrella. While I knew I could not repair it, I just could not throw it away without considering a re-purposing or reusing project. The more I looked at the metal skeleton the more I considered alternative uses.
First, I thought of hanging it upside down and using it as a clothesline for light-weight objects. But I really did not like that idea. Another consideration I had was turning the spent umbrella into a plant drying station.
While this was a great idea, I wanted something more unique. Something that had a distinctive flavor and this is when I decided on a trellis.
While this will be a short trellis and not one designed to support Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on 29 April 2008 by urbangardencasual.com
By Cindy Naas
The biggest challenge any urban gardener faces is that of finding enough room to grow everything.
Here are some suggestions to help you use every available inch of space. You might be surprised at just how much fresh produce you can grow in a tiny city garden!
1. Pots and Containers
Container gardens are the backbone of many city gardens. A pretty collection of pots grouped on the stairs to your house can hold tomatoes, cucumbers, herbs and pretty much whatever your heart desires. Be creative Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on 22 April 2007 by urbangardencasual.com
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
By 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 »