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How to Start Your Plants From Seed

Sure, you can go to your local greenhouse or farmers’ market and buy seedlings to plant in your container garden. But your choices are going to be limited to what those greenhouses and farmers think will sell the best. If … 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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Urban Clovers are Evolving in a Surprising Way

Urbanization has long driven change in human societies, but it also has an impact on plants and animals too, and not just in taking away land for their use. Other organisms that live in cities have been evolving way to … Continue reading

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The Importance of Urban Farming

Food production is an important part of our existence as humans, but the traditional definition of farming conjures up images of rolling wheat fields and large fields of fruit trees. As the population of the world grows and cities occupy … Continue reading

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Preparing Your Garden for Winter

As much as we hate to admit it, fall is here and winter is right on its heels. It’s time to get your garden ready for next year by doing a few things before the snow flies. Clean up your … Continue reading

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Urban Sproule Takes Salt Farming to the Roof

Sarah Sproule never set out to revolutionize the way that salt is created and enjoyed, but her new rooftop farm and retailer Urban Sproule is beginning to do just that. “What started as a fun experiment making local sea salt … 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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No Yard? No Problem! Houseplants Will Bring the Outdoors into Your Apartment

New York City is notorious for offering very little in terms of living space. You’d be lucky to have a closet in your apartment, let alone a private yard or even a balcony. If city living has got you frustrated … Continue reading

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A Guide to Hydroponic Gardening

If you’re someone who loves the idea of gardening but doesn’t love the idea of soil all over your house, you’re not alone. Just this past weekend, I was planting tiny garlic sprouts in the kitchen and lamenting at the … Continue reading

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7 (Good) Things You Didn’t Know About Weeds

Weeds. To a gardener, it’s a disgusting word. A word that represents constant struggle and frustration. A word that goes against a well kept, groomed garden. Many of us wish our vegetable gardens were half as hardy and persistent. But … Continue reading

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