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Harvest More Food With Vertical Gardening

Mother Earth News / Barbara Pleasant / December 2010/January 2011

Whether your garden is large or small, you can make better use of every square inch by using vertical gardening techniques to grow upright crops. Pole beans typically produce twice as many beans as bush varieties, and the right trellis can double cucumber yields. Then there are crops, such as tomatoes, that need some type of support to keep them above damp ground, where diseases have a heyday. All properly supported plants are easier to pick from and monitor for pests, plus you’ll get help from bug-eating birds that use trellises as hunting perches.


Visualizing The Edible City in 3 Minutes

American Association of Landscape Architects

Urban Homesteading: Heirloom Skills For Sustainable Living

Mother Earth News / Rachel Kaplan / 25 September 2012

This is a David and Goliath story — backyard gardens competing with Monsanto’s patents on the gene pool, rain barrels and greywater versus the worldwide privatization of natural resources, bicycles against the power of Big Oil. Garden by garden, block by block, neighborhood by neighborhood, each partial effort is a step in the right direction, our participation in the human immunological response to our diseased world. Will it work? The outcome is uncertain. Is it worth trying? Without a doubt.


9 Tips for Growing Container Trees

Urban Farm Online / Frank Hyman

Just because your yard isn’t big enough to plant a sapling that will grow into a majestic tree (or you have no yard at all!), doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the fruits trees have to offer. Consider planting a tree in a container, and perhaps, keep it indoors if it doesn’t need full sun. If you choose dwarf tree varieties, your tree can stay a manageable size.

I grow several dwarf tropical fruit trees, a coffee tree, an Italian stone pine and a ceiling-sweeping Benjamin ficus tree all in containers. The coffee tree lives on the porch in summer while the tropical fruit trees are out in the garden. They all come inside for the worst of the winter months. The ficus stays indoors year-round, and the stone pine stays outoors at all times.

Here are nine tips I’ve acquired over the years to help beginning tree farmers grow happy plants of any size in containers, whether indoors or out.


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