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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Vermiculture in late fall

Seems like it's been a while since I last wrote about my worm bin. Believe it or not, despite all my efforts in ruining it, it's still there! As I wrote in summer, last batches of worm castings were a failure (the numerous reasons for this are listed here), so I decided to let the …

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How to make a container plant winter cozy

This week Philadelphia got its first taste of winter... While this snow won't last, it served as a sort of message from the powers-that-be: Fall is over! Really! Warm days are gone! So in my usual manner, meaning that it was way past due time to do this, I rushed to cover my container plants …

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Balcony garden update: plants, squirrels and a bad batch of vermicompost

As I've wrote in the previous post, the past few weeks have been intense, so even though the balcony garden is right there through the kitchen door, I barely spent any time in there. All I did was make sure my plants survive (by watering them and bribing the squirrels to keep them away) and dutifully …

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Lessons from the balcony: mid-summer

Hello and welcome to my first gardening post in a while! A recent dental surgery took me out of commission, but I'm happy to say that I'm back to the garden. For this post, I'm going to share with you my experience with gardening on a fire escape balcony so far, most importantly the plants …

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