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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