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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Green wall #1 revisited

Happy Earth Day, everyone! Remember my green wall #1? The one made of plastic bottles? Well, it worked quite well, but I never really liked it - the way it looked, I mean. Maybe if I had something with massive foliage, like ferns, to mask the bottles... but I can't come up with an edible …

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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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Some great weather and an unexpected weeding session

I'm afraid that I might jinx it by typing, but it looks like Spring may be on her way to Philly! The temperatures have been slowly climbing above freezing, so I am cautiously hopeful. This weekend I ventured into the community garden with the sole purpose of burying a batch of Bokashi-fermented kitchen scraps and …

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My keyhole garden bed

Sometime over the winter I've stumbled over a post describing the approach known as "keyhole gardens". You can find the details here, but in a nutshell, this is a practice of building self-sustainable garden beds (oftentimes circular) in small spaces. The sustainable part comes from a composting "tower" in the center of any keyhole garden. …

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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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We’ve got a mushroom-bearing tree!

This is a very short post with primarily one intention: to brag! I was so skeptical about the whole project that I didn't even take pictures during setup, so all I have is the result: Here's the story behind this. I don't have a backyard, but my friends do, and in it they have an …

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Wild West End: Creating a hospitable place for wildlife on rooftops above busy shopping district

I came upon this uplifting and inspiring piece in the Life and Soul Magazine and really want to share it: "London’s West End is a busy shopping metropolis where some of you may have ventured out to to do your Christmas shopping. But above the shop floors and high up on to the rooftops of …

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More on cold weather vermiculture

Welcome to the last TFEG blog post of 2018! Thank you so much for reading my blog! When I started in last April, I was afraid I wouldn't get any readers, but fortunately, I was wrong. I'll do my best in the next year to write more about sustainable urban agriculture and everything related. It's …

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Keyhole gardens

A very interesting concept! Will read more on it and try to incorporate into the new community garden raised bed.

The Dark Temple


Keyhole garden

Is your backyard too hot and dry to
cultivate the vegetables you have only dreamed of? Keyhole gardens
were developed for the sole purpose of maximum crop output in the
hottest and driest of conditions. Their low cost, low maintenance, and
versatility make them a desirable gardening option for your yard and for
gardening across the globe.

Humanitarian foundations spearheaded the development of keyhole
gardening to help improve lives around the world. Keyhole gardening is
simple enough to be taught to school-age children in third-world
countries where the children then use the concept in their homes and
villages. A single keyhole garden affords enough abundance to provide a
large family with a year round supply of vegetables.

Keyhole gardens are circular raised bed gardens. The larger outer
circles are where crops are planted. The center portion of these
gardens are active composting baskets. Small aisles are…

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