Direct sow vegetable gardening

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Hi! I’m Crys Stewart. I’m a garden enthusiast, organic horticulture specialist and member of the Garden Writers Association. But mostly I like to grow stuff, visit other gardens, try to get to know plants and wildlife a little better and then take photos and write about it all. I hope you enjoy these posts and let me know what you think.

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Container gardening in small spaces




Try container gardening in small spaces

Many people associate growing vegetables with a large garden plot but, in reality, you can grow fresh produce without taking up all that much space. Container gardening is a great way to grow vegetables in small spaces.

Location is important. In most cases, a vegetable pot garden will be placed on a patio or porch. Vegetables are sun-loving plants and, therefore, must be placed in full sun to actually produce. There are many leafy vegetables that will do OK in partial sun, so you must take sunlight into consideration as you choose plants for your containers. In general, plants need 6 or more hours of sunlight, but remember that a patio may be subject to very hot temperatures and drying wind, so it is preferable to choose a location that has some protection, if possible.

The type of container you use is an important consideration. You must use a big container. A large pot that is at least 16 to 24 inches diameter works best since it will hold moisture longer and won’t blow over in high wind. Many kinds of pots will work, and each type has advantages and disadvantages.

Once you choose your container, use a soilless potting mix to fill it. Potting mix is lightweight, but will still hold water and oxygen well. These mixes also will be free of weeds and diseases, which is very important. Some mixes contain fertilizers already mixed in.

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Vegetables in containers

Vegetable gardening in containers


This past weekend I was finally able to get into my garden to begin the much-delayed cleanup process from last year’s garden. What should have been done in the fall was time and again delayed this spring, usually due to weather or the occasional other weekend commitment.

As I was going through cleaning up and organizing various planting containers and dumping out old soil from some of them, fond memories of my days of growing vegetables in containers came to mind.

As much as I adore having a garden to plant in, sometimes the days of growing vegetables in containers have their appeal especially for time management, and for the many times when I didn’t have the space or a yard, I could dig in.

There are a lot of benefits to being able to grow vegetables in containers:

º Containers can be placed closer to your back door, making it easier to remember the plants are there and care for them.

º Container gardening can be easier to deal with soilborne diseases as you can start with fresh potting mix each year.

º If you have limited space and no ground to dig up, you can still have fresh vegetables.

º There are options for raised containers if there are physical limitations restricting one’s ability to bend over to work in a garden.

That’s just to name a few.

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Urban gardening and rooftop farming


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Learn how to build a garden or rooftop farm with Annie Novak’s book, “The Rooftop Growing Guide.” (Credit: Annie Novak)

Annie Novak, author of ‘The Rooftop Growing Guide,’ on urban gardening and rooftop farming


  • Chatting with the author of ‘The Rooftop Growing Guide’
  • Tips on how to get your own green space started

If you’ve ever wanted to turn your barren backyard or empty rooftop into a green space for fresh veggies, herbs and flowers, Annie Novak has you covered.

The co-founder of the Eagle Street Rooftop Farm in Greenpoint and manager of the Edible Academy at the New York Botanical Garden is also behind the new book, “The Rooftop Growing Guide” ($23, Ten Speed Press), a how-to in green roofs, container gardening, crop planning, pest management, harvesting and more.

“I remember thinking when I was asked to help start the Eagle Street Rooftop Farm that there was a book missing,” Novak says, who had to navigate legal and safety issues to implement her farming knowledge on a rooftop. “If you want to see a good idea spread, you have to teach people how to do it. My hope with this book was that everyone who has a question mark gets to a place where they have an exclamation point. They can get excited about what they want to do.”

Curious? Novak shares her tips for getting started:


Get permission first

“Permission is the first thing, and often the step that’s skipped,” Novak says. “If you’re going to invest the time and money in a space, you need to make sure it’s all right.”

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Easy Container Vegetables


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Easy Container Vegetables for Balcony & Rooftop Garden | Container Vegetable Gardening

Container vegetable gardening allows you to cultivate edibles in smallest of spaces and in this article you’ll find out easy container vegetables which you can grow on your balcony or rooftop garden.


10,000 Gardens in Africa

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All community members are given opportunity to learn, and engage with food through Slow Food project, 10,000 Gardens in Africa.
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Let’s Get Growing: 10,000 Gardens in Africa

Approximately three out of every four Africans are 25 years of age or younger. Many of these individuals are also food insecure, with roughly a quarter of the estimated 842 million chronically hungry people in the world living in Africa. The Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity has re-launched a project aiming to engage these youth in sustainable food and agriculture systems.

Originally started as one of their main projects in 2012, the project created 1,000 gardens over two years in schools, communities, and urban outskirts in 30 African countries. In 2014, this initiative became the 10,000 Gardens in Africa campaign, with the objective of creating 10,000 gardens across the continent, and the mobilization of a network of young African leaders dedicated to preserving biodiversity, traditional knowledge and food culture, and small-scale agriculture. Here are seven reasons why you should know about the 10,000 Gardens in Africa project.

Read the full article: Food Tank