On co-existing with the evil squirrels

A few weeks ago I posted about a squirrel raid on my balcony... This was the first, but definitely not the last invasion of the furry bandits into my garden, and I spent this time trying out different things to scare them (now I know that it's impossible) or at least keep them away from …

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The potato tower project

Good afternoon, fellow gardening enthusiasts! If you've ever googled or searched on Pinterest for "growing potatoes", you must have seen at least a million of "potato towers". The logic behind the idea makes perfect sense, so I decided to give it a try. Why a tower? you may ask. Reasonable question. If you've ever grown …

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My favorite green spaces in Philly: James G. Kaskey Memorial Park

This gem of a garden is located on the University of Pennsylvania campus, and at first sight is hard to find, as it is sheltered between buildings. Nevertheless, this place is definitely worth looking for! I walk through the James G. Kaskey Memorial Park  more or less daily, on my way to work, and it …

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How to make cheap and pretty planters out of baskets

I encountered some $0.99 baskets at a local thrift store and decided they can make great planters. First, I selected an appropriate liner (I used small grow bags I had on hand, but it could have been any peas of cloth or a plastic container of the right shape (just remember about drainage holes!). I …

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