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The Importance of Urban Gardening

Humans may be moving to cities more and more. We may be seeing a decline in health, and in biodiversity. We may be losing touch with nature. But with some enthusiasm, wisdom, and community, cities don't have to be desolate.

Interesting Varieties to Explore in 2019

Sometimes I get terribly daring and pick something random that I've never grown before, just for the sake of experimentation. These are a few varieties I'm eyeing for 2019.

25 Vegetables for a Medieval Potager Garden

Have you heard of a potager garden before? The term comes from the French word "potage", which basically means "soup pot". As such, a potager garden features ingredients to toss into soup or stew. Clever, isn't it?

An Apple a Day (is not enough!)

Autumn. There are many things to love about this most anticipated of seasons (yes, even more anticipated than Christmas, 'cos winter's after that). Everyone will say it's the sweaters, the layers, the changing colours and the casting off of sweaty, sand scoured mosquito bites that they love most; but for me, it's always about The … Continue reading An Apple a Day (is not enough!)

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How to Save Your Seeds

If you've grown some varieties that you really love, be sure to save a bunch of their seeds, both to grow again next year, and to trade with your friends/family.

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Compost Tea: How to Brew It and Use It in Your Garden

Some people get high tech and use a fish tank aerator for their compost tea, but I just use my stick to slosh everything around for about an hour until it's properly frothy.

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DIY Insect Repellent

DIY repellents such as these can be quite effective alternatives to their more toxic counterparts, and use essential oils to fend off mosquitoes, black flies, and more.

Little Gardens for Little Friends

Animal companions such as rabbits, chinchillas, and degus (as well as guinea pigs and mice) enjoy fresh produce as much as we do. Consider growing some of these tasty treats to share with your little friends.

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Beneficial Insects and How to Attract Them to Your Garden

Insect allies such as ladybugs, braconid wasps, and lacewings can help control (and even eliminate) pests like aphids, mites, and caterpillars from your garden.