In Small Spaces and Yards (Google / Saratoga Today)

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Gardening in Small Spaces and Yards

Written by  Kristi Jones, The Backyard Diva

Love to garden but don’t have the space? Then consider container gardening and square foot gardening. The two options fit the bill for people who live in apartments, have small yards or don’t have the time to till the ground and fight weeds.  

Container and square foot gardening can be very productive and rewarding for small spaces; I like to say ‘you can’t grow wrong’ with using containers. With the correct conditions you can succeed—fertile soil, water, sun and even companion and edible flowers added your vegetable or herb containers can make the most beautiful, colorful and tasty additions to your balcony, patio, or courtyard—even indoors on the windowsill. Well-designed containers placed strategically around your living space can make the home more welcoming and act as attractive focal points in your yard.

The great thing about container and square foot gardening is it is often easier than growing a typical garden. There is less weeding and bending involved making it ideal for those with limited mobility. In addition, deer, rabbits and other wildlife are less likely to dine on plants in your container garden so it makes the option perfect for those with pesky critters.


Plant a Square-Foot Garden (Google / U.S. News)

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Plant a Square-Foot Garden

Even apartment dwellers can grow fresh vegetables with a little effort

Posted December 18, 2008

Even klutzy, brown-thumbed apartment dwellers can cut their food bills, eat better, and reduce their carbon footprint. Just plant a “square-foot garden,” says Mel Bartholomew, author of “All New Square Foot Gardening“.  All it takes is some sort of wooden, plastic, or brick box or frame. (You may have to cut holes in the bottom for drainage.) Fill the frame with equal parts compost, peat moss, and vermiculite, available at home and garden stores.  Put the box in any yard, or place it on a patio, deck, or stoop that gets at least six hours of sunlight a day. Continue reading Plant a Square-Foot Garden (Google / U.S. News)

Ideas for getting kids interested in gardening (Google / Rocky Mountain News)

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Helping kids’ interest in gardening grow

By Jennifer Forker, Associated Press
Thursday, June 5, 2008

The National Gardening Association has lots of ideas for getting kids interested in gardening at its Web site, The site’s editor, Barbara Richardson, dug up these helpful tips:

* Since kids are prone to instant gratification, start with a flat of annual flowers. The rewards are immediate.

* Gravitate toward unusual plants, such as pink potatoes, orange cauliflower or purple beans. Or focus on edible flowers and herbs, such as nasturtium and basil, and fragrant plants, such as lemon basil and orange thyme, to engage multiple senses.

* Kids, even older ones, like hiding places, so grow them one in the garden. Two ideas: Plant tall-growing (such as Mammoth) sunflower seeds in a circle, leaving a space for a “door” that kids can crawl through once the flowers have grown 10 feet high.

Or build a simple tepee out of fallen tree branches or long gardening stakes, and plant bean seeds around the outside.

Beans grow fast, and soon the children will have a secret hiding space.

* A birdbath or, better yet, a small, shallow pond, will encourage critters, such as frogs, to enter your garden, which in turn might draw your children out there, too. Continue reading Ideas for getting kids interested in gardening (Google / Rocky Mountain News)

Urban Gardening (Google / Technocrat)

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Urban Gardening

zogger Thu, 17 Apr 2008

Or what to do when you don’t even have a suburban backyard. Many city dwellers are pleased to find out they can still garden, even in apartments or townhomes with patios or small front yards-even an accessible flat roof.

..””We wanted to reconnect people living in cities with food,” explains Mayfield, a support worker for disabled and dyslexic children. “You don’t have to own acres of countryside in Essex like Jamie Oliver to grow your own vegetables – anyone can do it using pretty much any old space.””..more there and I love this subject, used to do it all the time for myself, and designed and built a lot of smallish “edible landscaping” projects for people who didn’t have much space for the more conventional and sort of plain big plowed up square type of garden. You can grow a decent amount in an earthbox, large pots, cement blocks with the holes showing up and filled with dirt and arranged down the side of the walkway, etc. Just use your imagination, it is quite possible to use all the little nooks and crannies of sunny space you have to get some greens and herbs and tomatoes and peppers going. And don’t forget sprouts! Fastest way to an edible and nutritious crop there is. Continue reading Urban Gardening (Google / Technocrat)