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Starting your urban garden

With urban gardening and sustainable living becoming a growing trend around the world, many hobbyists, and commercial farmers alike are seeking new ways to increase their yield while downsizing the space needed to grow.

20171028_143924Planting crops in clusters instead of rows is one method that many green-thumbs are now embracing. That in combination with companion planting produces some amazing results. The benefit to clustering plants is your crops usually choke out the weeds instead of the other way around…basically, more food, less work. Finding the right structure and practices for your own garden is a matter of trial and error and personal preferences.

There are many variables to consider when starting a garden. What types of plants do you want to grow? Are you growing indoor/outdoor? What is your soil like? What types of fertilizer do you want to use? If you are new to gardening, I would suggest starting with a small outdoor plot.  Save some money and let nature do the work. Plant a small variety of fruits or vegetables in small planters indoors and watch how they progress. When it is warm enough, in late spring, bring them outdoors and let them get adjusted to the wind and temperature fluctuation. After a few days or a week transplant them into your freshly tilled garden, and give them a drink.  Check your garden often and take notes. Many of the best insights will come from your own mistakes.

Choosing a fertilizer is very important. Many gardeners are turning toward natural, organic fertilizers. I recommend compost because it is free and also a great way to cut down on the waste we create, not to mention it’s very effective. Composting is very easy, but it requires some effort. Dedicating a space for your compost is key. You want a warm area to help the matter break down, but you also want to find a place where the smell of rotting vegetables won’t bother you.¬† Adding Epsom salt to your water is another good fertilizing trick. Horse and cow manure, if you can get your hands on it, work great too.

Growing indoors is a great way to have a garden in a small apartment and it allows you to have a variety of plants growing all year around. Many indoor farmers use hydroponic systems. It is definitely more expensive to start out growing indoors, but for many city-dwellers, it is the best option.  From purchasing the UV lamps, timers, and hydroponic equipment, to learning about light cycles and ph levels, it can seem daunting for a novice grower, but with a little research and a lot of practice, growing indoors is well worth it.

When harvest time comes, hopefully, your next question is “What do I do with all this food?” Canning and preserving vegetables allows you to enjoy your hard work even after the growing season is over, and homemade jams and salsas make great gifts.

Items to purchase:

Click on the links below to be directed to selected supplies!

Canning kit

Mason Jars

Hydroponics kit

Grow lights


Compost bin

Potting soil

The Ultimate ‘Friendsgiving’

Thanksgiving is the time of year when people start to travel home for the holidays. Families gather around a table full of traditional foods such as turkey, mashed potatoes, and green bean casserole. Some families are more conventional and some are the slightly dysfunctional type. Whichever type of family dinner you have, you usually need a break juggling¬†all of your¬†family dinners. This is why over the past few years, ‘Friendsgiving’ has been growing in popularity. Whether it is before or after Thanksgiving day, you can look forward to enjoying traditions that you and your friends create together!

Things you can expect from a ‘Friendsgiving’ Dinner


The host will cook the turkey. This is not always a turkey in the traditional sense. Some people go for the more extreme cooking adventures like Turduckins which is cooking a chicken inside of a duck, inside of a turkey!


Turducken Meme

This is more like a Potluck. The host is probably running frantically¬†around the house trying to prepare for the attendee’s arrival. Between that and cooking the turkey (or turducken), they simply can’t manage cooking every dish. Somehow, you usually end up with more cranberry sauce then¬†you know what to do with!


Friendsgiving Potluck


2 types of ‘Friendsgiving’. One dinner style is one¬†big party. This is the dinner where friends are together indulging¬†in all of the wine and liquor¬†everyone brought and getting a little wild is not uncommon. The other type of dinner is your Pinterest¬†loving friends who create a beautiful table set up with fun Thanksgiving oriented games and activities.



Football. Men often gather in the tv room to watch the classic Thanksgiving Day football games. This is usually either an excuse to escape all of the women and drink, or it is the loudest room in the house as everyone is yelling at the TV and trash talking about the other team. (or both)

Friendsgiving football meme


Better than your family dinner. You would never say it to anyone in your family, but this dinner becomes more anticipated¬†then dinner with your relatives. ‘Friendsgiving’ is a chance to let loose, have fun, tell your friends how much they mean to you and last but not least, FEAST!!!



Sustainability and Urban Gardening

There has been a recent surge in interest for farming and urban gardening. Many people are embracing the idea of sustainability by starting small gardens, with some very impressive results. We are dedicated to passing on at home gardening tips, as well as featuring farmers and hobbyists who are carrying on the tradition as well as pushing the boundaries for the cultivation of crops. After all, food is indispensable.

In the next month, we will be featuring articles on #hotpeppers #urbangardening #hybridization and #sustainability. We hope you find some useful information and we will be happy to share your questions and insights.  We look forward to embarking on this journey with you.