Posted on 17 January 2013 by urbangardencasual.com
Photo Credit: Red China Eggplant by Dale Calder used under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter
I was standing in the grocery store the other day and heard a woman talking about produce prices.
Her friend suggested that she grow some of her own but to my dismay she said she could not.
This answer was not based on skill but the fact that she had no land.
This lack of what she viewed as gardening space is what prevented her from growing her own. As you can imagine, I had to respond and in doing so told her that there were several ways she could garden.
Since we were standing in line to pay, I only suggested the top 3 ways one could garden without land. If you are one of those who have no land to garden and would like to grow some of your own food, then explore these 3 garden alternatives.
1 Garden in a Soil Bag
Gardening in a bag of soil is a great technique for the gardener who is a little on the lazy side. This technique is great for tomatoes, peppers, lettuces, and squash, just to name a few.
Planting in a bag of soil is simple and only Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on 06 July 2010 by urbangardencasual.com
By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter
As I sit in my backyard enjoying my green tea I take stock of my space.
I have my vegetable garden, my kitchen garden, my orchard, my historical garden, and a grazing area for my rabbit Rufus.
What more could I want?If I wanted more where could I put it?
My garden grows on 1/5 of an acre and while container gardening was an option I still had the problem where to put them.
Last Saturday I went to a talk put on by my local chapter of Master Gardeners that helped me think outside the box. Vertical gardening for apartments, balconies, and anyone who had run out of space like me was the topic. This was not the “vertical gardening concept” purposed by Mr. Dickson Despommier but instead dealt with rooftop gardens and living walls. I was fascinated by this concept especially living walls.
This was something I could do without changing the whole structure of my roof for a rooftop garden. This series of blogs will Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on 06 August 2008 by urbangardencasual.com
By Vanessa Richins
Plants really are amazing and versatile.
My friend Andy sent me links about the creations of French botanist Patric Blanc. He specializes in creating vertical wall gardens.
The results are beautiful.
The website for Echo Studio states that “These growing tapestries provide insulation, help filter rainwater that flows across its surface, create a cooling effect, and lend an often surprising visual interest in places one wouldn’t expect to see plants.”
Take a look at his website. I wondered how they were able to grow them so well vertically. For the MusÃ©e du Quai Branly, they used a combination of felt and plastic layers as anchors for the plants. These are layered on top of a metal frame, which provides some breathing room Read the rest of this entry »