Why Buying Ladybugs Won’t Control Aphids on Plants

Avoid the ladybug industry and cultivate a garden that welcomes them and encourages them to hang out.

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What are GMOs?

What are GMOs? Are you avoiding them because someone said they’re bad, or do you actually know what they entail? The Issue of Misinformation Did you know you can now buy GMO-free hummus? When I saw the ad, I gave my husband a funny look. “Does hummus even contain GMO products?” I’ve written articles on... Continue Reading →

It’s Time to Think about Garlic!

I’ve already blogged about one of the easiest crops to grow, Swiss chard. Now here’s the other: garlic. Cultivated since ancient times, garlic receives mention in the Book of Numbers in the Old Testament. Many cultures developed their own varieties, such as southern Europe, eastern Europe, and Asia. When I purchase garlic at the supermarket,... Continue Reading →

One Week Sugar Free for Becky

I normally don’t like to write about diets. The info is everywhere, and is so overdone. It’s hard to know which direction to follow. There are a few things I firmly believe about diet, though, and urban farming fully supports those beliefs. Plus, I’ve entered a contest! Of the two blogs I have, this post... Continue Reading →

Don’t Let Good Basil Go Bad

Do you see the top of the basil, where tiny leaves are bunching up? Click on the picture to expand it. There you go. They look scrunchy and spiky. Yep, it's time to make pesto. Tonight.You see, basil has a primal need to procreate. As soon as it creates flowers, its mission on this earth... Continue Reading →

Today, I found this publication, which is nearly 100 years old!  Great information about true heirloom gardening. Buffalo Bird Woman's Garden As Recounted by Maxi'diwiac (Buffalo Bird Woman) (ca.1839-1932) of the Hidatsa Indian Tribe Originally published as Agriculture of the Hidatsa Indians: An Indian Interpretation by Gilbert Livingstone Wilson, Ph.D. (1868-1930)

Chard: Vegetable of The Apocalypse

“When the zombie apocalypse happens, don’t let me forget my chard seeds!”  My husband just raised his eyebrows and said, “It’s still growing out there?”  “It’s March, and the chard is already up!  Now I feel bad, because I was going to put potatoes there." Don’t worry… I can still plant potatoes there and grow... Continue Reading →

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