Why I stay away from Miracle-Gro – and so should you

Hello everyone! It's been a while since my last post: the work-life-garden balance got wrecked once again, and I had to take a break from blogging... First let me clarify something: I normally only use trademark names of products that I love and use myself, and  refrain from calling out the brands I dislike. This …

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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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Spring worm bin maintenance: they survived winter!

Hello everyone! A week ago I decided I am brave enough to remove all winter fortifications and open up the worm bin to see if any of the wigglers made it through the winter. I have been pessimistic, because I kept an eye on the temperature inside the bin, and there were a couple of …

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My favorite seed suppliers

Happy Spring everyone! I can't believe it's finally here! I'm a bit late to the seed-purchasing extravaganza this season, but just in case you are not finished shopping yet, I'd like to share with you where I buy my seeds and why. Disclaimer: I receive no profits or products from any of the companies mentioned …

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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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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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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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The anatomy of a K-cup: collecting coffee grounds at work

Happy 2019, fellow garden enthusiasts! I have started collecting coffee grounds at work, and there are a few reasons why. Reason one: coffee grounds are an excellent compost amendment (they are a major source of nitrogen, plus when you add enough, coffee grounds accelerate decomposition of organic matter and heat up your pile). You do …

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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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