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postheadericon Community garden ideas – ideas for garden club projects

Community garden ideas – ideas for garden club projects

Image by kali9 By Mary H. Dyer, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener, www.summitspringsgardenwriting.com Now that your garden club or community garden is up and running with an enthusiastic group of avid gardeners, what’s next? If you’re stumped when it comes to ideas for garden club projects, or you need community garden ideas that keep members engaged, read on for a few suggestions to pique your creativity. Ideas for Community Garden Projects Here are some popular garden club project ideas to help spark your creativity. Advertisement Community wildlife certification – This…

postheadericon Urban landscaping ideas: tips on creating ornamental urban gardens

Urban landscaping ideas: tips on creating ornamental urban gardens

Image by DebraLeeWiseberg By Teo Spengler As our nation becomes increasingly urban, city dwellers no longer have spacious yards to turn into areas of natural beauty. Many homeowners dream of creating ornamental urban gardens to fill the gap, but are not sure about urban garden design. However, the basic concepts are easy and you can choose among many ornamental plants for urban gardens. Urban Landscaping Ideas Creating ornamental urban gardens is a matter of integrating hardware and hardscaping with plants. You’ll want to select urban ornamental plants and trees that…

postheadericon Urban garden space: recycled furniture for the garden

Urban garden space: recycled furniture for the garden

Image by Leonora Enking By Sandra O’Hare Recycled garden furniture booms as urban communities vow to go green. Let’s learn more about this using furniture for the garden. Recycled Garden Furniture Although here in the United Kingdom, we may have been a little slower than our European cousins to truly embrace the recycling movement, there are signs that we are catching up. In fact, urban areas in particular are, on average, increasing the percentage of waste that is recycled by the most significant proportions. Advertisement There are many factors that…

postheadericon Winter flower boxes: tips on creating winter window boxes

Winter flower boxes: tips on creating winter window boxes

Image by alohadave By Liz Baessler If you live in an apartment with no yard to speak of, the prospect of gardening might seem unattainable. You can have flowers and fresh vegetables all summer long, though, with urban window box gardens. As long as your window receives light, you can tend your own mini garden in the privacy of your own apartment. But what do you do with it when winter comes? How do you keep it from looking drab? Keep reading to learn more about window flower boxes in…

postheadericon Small space gardening ideas: tips for creating gardens in small spaces

Small space gardening ideas: tips for creating gardens in small spaces

Image by HannamariaH By Liz Baessler We may all have dreams of big, expansive gardens, but the reality is that most of us simply don’t have the space. There’s nothing wrong with that – with a little creativity even the smallest of spaces can give you plenty of produce, flowers, or even a relaxing outdoor green room all your own. Keep reading to learn more about plants for small spaces and how to make a garden with little space. Raised Gardens in Small Spaces One of the most popular small…

postheadericon Urban shade gardens: tips on urban gardening in low light

Urban shade gardens: tips on urban gardening in low light

Image by imnoom By Liz Baessler If you garden in an urban area, space isn’t the only thing getting in your way. Limited windows and shadows cast by tall buildings can seriously cut down on the kind of light that is essential for so many things to grow. While you may not be able to grow everything you dream of, there are plenty of plants that will grow with only a couple hours of light a day. Keep reading to learn more about plants for low light gardens. Urban Shade…

postheadericon Contaminated soil treatment: managing contaminated soil in city gardens

Contaminated soil treatment: managing contaminated soil in city gardens

Image by wellphoto By Amy Grant The rising growth of organic food combined with a struggling economy and a “back to basics” mind set has led to a rapid increase in the number of vegetable gardens planted in urban areas. Whether it’s the neighborhood pea patch, a renter’s deck, or your own backyard, gardening has plenty of benefits. There is one special caveat. Urban agriculture runs a higher risk of soil contamination. This article discusses urban gardening in bad soil and managing contaminated soil in city gardens. Read on to…

postheadericon Garden in a bottle: growing soda bottle terrariums & planters with kids

Garden in a bottle: growing soda bottle terrariums & planters with kids

Image by Giles Williams By Mary H. Dyer, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener Making terrariums and planters from soda bottles is a fun, hands-on project that introduces kids to the joy of gardening. Gather a few simple materials and a couple of small plants and you’ll have a complete garden in a bottle in less than an hour. Even young children can make a pop bottle terrarium or planter with a little adult assistance. Making Terrariums from Soda Bottles Creating a pop bottle terrarium is easy. To make a garden…

postheadericon Winter care on balconies: tips for overwintering balcony gardens

Winter care on balconies: tips for overwintering balcony gardens

Image by Neil T By Amy Grant Whether out of necessity due to lack of garden space or simply more space for additional garden treasures, container gardening is a form of gardening that everyone can enjoy. Balcony gardens in winter do require some extra TLC to ensure their continuing health for the next growing season. Read on to learn more about balcony winter care for plants. Balcony Gardens in Winter In the not so distant past, annuals were the primary plants set out in containers on balconies. Today, everything from…

postheadericon Urban gardening: the ultimate guide to city gardening

Urban gardening: the ultimate guide to city gardening

Image by Michael Krinke By Nikki Phipps (Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden) City gardens need not be limited to growing just a few plants on the windowsill. Whether it’s an apartment balcony garden or a rooftop garden, you can still enjoy growing all your favorite plants and veggies. In this Beginner’s Guide to Urban Gardening, you will find the basics of city gardening for beginners and tips for handling any issues you may come across along the way. Read on to learn how to grow urban vegetable gardens and more….