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Crocuses: The First Sign of Spring

You know spring is finally on the way when the first crocuses start poking their heads out through the snow. Those small purple flowers bring a smile to any Northeasterner’s heart. Here are some facts about and tips for growing … Continue reading

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USDA Funds Make Shipping Containers into Flourishing Urban Gardens

Did you know that every year, the US Department of Agriculture sends millions of dollars to rural farmers? It’s not just the countryside that’s benefitting from this funding these days, though. Increasingly, the USDA offers financial assistance to urban farming … Continue reading

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5 Reasons to Grow Fruits and Vegetables In the City

Whether you’re growing produce on your balcony or rooftop garden, or in your own patch of a community garden, there are plenty of great reasons why it’s awesome to grow your own. Here are just a few of them. They … Continue reading

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East 25th Street in Flatbush Spreads the Garden Love

If you walk down East 25th Street, between Clarendon Road and Avenue D in Brooklyn, the first thing you’ll notice is that the streets are lined with a lush array of flowers, shrubs, and gardens. In August 2016, the block … Continue reading

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Pickling: An Easy Way to Preserve Your Favorite Veggies

We’re all familiar with pickles—cucumbers preserved in brine with dill and some other spices. But you can pickle almost any vegetable, from asparagus to zucchini, and make the most of the work you did in your garden or the veggies … Continue reading

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Was 2013 a Bad Year for Community Gardens?

Gothamist contributor Christopher Robbins recently asserted how “2013 was not kind to community gardens.” This claim was preceded by a story about how bulldozers ravaged and decimated the informally run but beloved Coney Island community garden earlier this month. For … Continue reading

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Where Do Urbanites Shop for Fresh Produce?

Those who live in the city know that it isn’t always easy to access the freshest produce. Happily, over the last decade there have been more and more efforts made to increase urbanites’ access to fresh, locally-sourced food, that you … Continue reading

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Community Gardens: The Good, the Bad, and the Drama

While perusing some of my favorite gardening blogs, I stumbled upon this article, “Why I would be kicked out of a community garden” by gardener and writer Elizabeth Licata. The entry provided me with many laughs, as well as got … Continue reading

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Raising Chickens in the Big City Can be Done, at a Cost

Are you a city dweller who finds yourself yearning for farm fresh eggs? Apparently many New Yorkers are, as indicated by the rise in popularity of urban farmers taking their farms one step further with the addition of chicken coops. … Continue reading

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GreenThumb: A Wealth of Resources Is Only a Click Away

Today I want to share a resource that every urban gardener in New York City ought to know about: GreenThumb. GreenThumb started as a solution to the enormous number of vacant lots in NYC during the 1970s – properties that … Continue reading

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