Start talking garden and most of us picture lush expanses of greenery, or maybe row upon row of planted vegetables. But what if you don’t have a big yard? Or your only outdoor space is a tiny balcony? Or there’s that awkward piece of dirt next to the driveway or garage. Whatever the reason, square footage doesn’t a garden make. Really, a garden is what you make it, and you can make it almost anywhere there’s enough sunlight to grow things. All you need is a little dirt, some organic seeds or plants, a way to water and a lot of creativity. The Urban Organic Gardener has an entire blog on managing a thriving vegetable garden – on a NYC fire escape! Continue reading
Bugs aren’t all bad, and dousing your garden with pesticides is not only bad for the environment and your health, it kills the good bugs along with the bad. And you want the good bugs. Really! Continue reading
The first hummingbirds have already been spotted in southern states; it’s time to hang out our feeders to invite the tiny avian powerhouses into your yard for another year. Hummingbirds aren’t just a pretty face in the garden, they play a vital part in pollination and they have a voracious appetite, and it’s not just for nectar. They also happen to eat tiny bugs like ants, aphids, mosquitoes, gnats, whiteflies, and small beetles (another reason to not use pesticide in your garden!) The bugs actually account for about a third of their diet. So, how can you attract more of these fabulous fliers? Hummers don’t have a sense of smell, so it’s all about practicality and pretty with them.
It happens every year right about this time. As winter comes to an end and the days get warmer and longer, the monarch butterflies begin to head north, looking for milkweed plants on which to lay their eggs before they die. As spring continues, the eggs will hatch, and eventually the caterpillars will metamorphose into the beautiful orange and black adults. These offspring will recolonize their parents’ original homes, and they’ll produce another generation of summer butterflies. Continue reading
Spring is just around the corner, so it’s time to dust off the gardening gloves and get ready to get a little dirty. Whether your garden is limited to indoor potted herbs, or you’ve got a full-scale garden with raised beds, growing something green is just good sense. It’s good for you, and good for the environment. As winter fades into spring, it’s time to freshen things up. Winter was a time for dreaming of garden plans and tending indoor plants, and spring will be full of planting and weeding and busy, busy garden chores. Take a moment to savor the quiet time between and catch up on a few often overlooked garden tasks.