Pickled garlic scapes – my favorite way to eat garlic scapes!

Hi there, fellow garden enthusiasts! This weekend I was surveying my community garden plot (I try to do it at least once a week, although daily observation is ideal) and lo and behold: I discovered that the garlic scapes were ready to harvest! This came as a bit of surprise, as I was not expecting …

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Welcome! (It’s The Fire Escape Garden Tour)

Hi everyone and welcome to May! It recently dawned on me that I have never posted anything like a "virtual tour" of my fire escape balcony, even though it is the main focus of this blog. So better now than never, this post will take care of that mistake! As always, my intent is to …

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How to test your compost (for persistent herbicides)

Hello everyone! It's that time of the year again - soil amendment time, and you know what my favorite amendment is, right? It's compost! Many people are blessed with enough space to have a compost pile in their yard, but even they probably don't make enough for all their garden needs. One simply can not …

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Carrots in bottles? Why not!

Hi everyone! Yes, you've read it right, I am trying to grow carrots in plastic bottles this year. I did not come up with the idea, though.  Horti Hugo invented this some time ago and also introduced the #carrotbottles hashtag on twitter. Now, everyone has their own reason for growing carrots in bottles, and here …

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Constructing a tiny wildlife pond in a friends’ backyard

I have the best friends - they let me mess around in their backyard, including this crazy idea with making a wildlife pond! Ever since I was little, I wanted to have a water feature around. I kept digging "ponds" and fountains in my mother's garden, but they were always demolished, because they were in …

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Starting plants with tender taproot indoors

We've all seen that note on the seed pack: "starting indoors not recommended". Oftentimes this is because the plants have tender taproots, which end up being damaged when transplanting. Seasoned gardeners (myself not included) manage to transplant those just fine - I guess, they have magic hands... The rest of us can just wait till …

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My feeble attempts at seed organizing

For me, as for most gardeners, late winter is that time of the year: sifting through piles of seed packets, wondering if there are any more hiding somewhere in the house. This year I decided to come up with a unified system to organize and store all my seed - purchased and home-saved, and here …

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My take on Bokashi composting

Chances are you've noticed by now that I'm very passionate about reducing food waste. I mean, come on, not only does organic matter sent to landfills emit copious amounts of methane (one of the greenhouse gasses), but it robs the agricultural sector of the cheapest (if not to say "free"), most effective and safe source …

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Seed starting

Hi there fellow gardening enthusiasts! It's almost February, which means it's time to start some seeds. If you, like me, have limited space under grow lights, planning is key when it comes to starting seeds. I came to conclusion that, at least in Philadelphia, many varieties can be direct-sown, even though traditionally they are started …

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