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Everything from growing organic vegetables in the city to planting trees that can cope with poor, compacted soil and low light.
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The constant gardeners

The constant gardeners | Urban Gardening | Scoop.it
Confronting climate change and poverty, a new crop of city farmers comes of age in Africa.

 

Mohamed Abdullahi inspects corn at an organic farm in Nairobi's Kibera slum. The farm is a project of Kibera Youth Reform Group, which converted an old garbage dump into an organic oasis that now feeds 30 families.

 

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What Does Gardening Have to Do with the #Occupy Movement?

What Does Gardening Have to Do with the #Occupy Movement? | Urban Gardening | Scoop.it
Why occupying the garden may be the most important location of all.
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Root Simple: Meet the Good Guys: Beneficial Insect Poster

Root Simple: Meet the Good Guys: Beneficial Insect Poster | Urban Gardening | Scoop.it

Download a copy here:

http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/FAQ/natural-enemies-poster.pdf

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Britta Riley: A garden in my apartment | Video on TED.com

Britta Riley wanted to grow her own food (in her tiny apartment). So she and her friends developed a system for growing plants in discarded plastic bottles -- researching, testing and tweaking the system using social media, trying many variations at once and quickly arriving at the optimal system. Call it distributed DIY. 

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How to Plant Garlic in Containers The Gardener | Apartment Therapy Re-Nest

How to Plant Garlic in Containers The Gardener | Apartment Therapy Re-Nest | Urban Gardening | Scoop.it

"October is the best time to plant garlic pretty much everywhere in the United States, but you don't need a garden to grow garlic. The bulbs grow well when planted in wide, deep containers that are set in a nice sunny spot." 

 

Or even a partly sunny spot. A balcony will do fine.

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Rainwater Harvesting | GrowNYC

Rainwater Harvesting | GrowNYC | Urban Gardening | Scoop.it

"GrowNYC has built 80 rainwater harvesting systems in New York City community gardens, collecting over a million gallons of rainwater a year from nearby roofs or shade structures, making water collection convenient for gardeners, and reducing demand on the public water supply system. They also help mitigate rainstorm runoff, which can overload storm drains and pollute the waters surrounding the city. Interested in having a system in your community garden? Contact us or read our How-To Guide and build your own!"

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The age of flower towers - FT.com

The age of flower towers - FT.com | Urban Gardening | Scoop.it

There is some fascinating engineering involved in all this, but what wonderful changes in how to look at a city.

 

"The most exciting new tower in the world is under construction in Milan. At 27 storeys high, Bosco Verticale is a splinter beside the Shard, the 87-storey skyscraper under construction in London.

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Cities ease rules to encourage urban farms

Cities ease rules to encourage urban farms | Urban Gardening | Scoop.it
Farms are sprouting in cities across the U.S. to meet demand for locally grown food and to make vacant lots productive.
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The history of urban agriculture should inspire its future

The history of urban agriculture should inspire its future | Urban Gardening | Scoop.it
Urban agriculture seems new and exotic, but it's been the norm for cities since the dawn of farming 10,000 years ago.
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The 5 Best Cities for Urban Gardening

The 5 Best Cities for Urban Gardening | Urban Gardening | Scoop.it

"Going green isn't something that is for individuals to do in their spare time anymore. It has become a way of life, and whole communities, even large cities, are making huge efforts to be more environmentally conscience."

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Urban gardening movement growing in St. Petersburg - St. Petersburg Times

Urban gardening movement growing in St. Petersburg - St. Petersburg Times | Urban Gardening | Scoop.it
“This is a little garden that is planting a seed,” Emmanuel Roux says as he waters down a pile of mulch and manure at the community garden he helped start at Maximo Presbyterian Church.
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Urban Farming – A Practical Guide for Interim Use — City Farmer News

Urban Farming – A Practical Guide for Interim Use — City Farmer News | Urban Gardening | Scoop.it

What should be done as remediation in a plot desireable for urban farming, but with contaminant issues?

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If given a chance, small-scale farms could make a difference in solving hunger problem

If given a chance, small-scale farms could make a difference in solving hunger problem | Urban Gardening | Scoop.it
Small-scale farms and even home gardens have potential to solve world’s hunger problems, studies show.
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How to Turn a Pallet into a Garden

How to Turn a Pallet into a Garden | Urban Gardening | Scoop.it

For folks with almost no space at all - here's a solution.

 

"The first thing you need to do is–obviously–find a pallet. I’ve had good luck finding them in dumpsters behind supermarkets. No need to be squeamish. It doesn’t smell. At least, it doesn’t smell that bad. Don’t just take the first pallet you find. You’re looking for one with all the boards in good condition, no nails sticking out, no rotting, etc.
 

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Community Garden = Instrument of Empowerment | Sustainable Cities Collective

Community Garden = Instrument of Empowerment | Sustainable Cities Collective | Urban Gardening | Scoop.it
 Once community gardens are planted, roots of security and community health begin to flourish. Gardens and farms that are owned and managed collectively are not only practical sources of food, income, and an alternative to crime; they also develop communities, bringing new opportunities, hope, and a connection to others and traditional life. Community gardens are a tool for empowerment, and thus, I believe they can change the world..
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Up to $1K for youth gardening | eSchool News

Youth Garden Grants are available to schools and community organizations working to conduct child-centered garden programs. Applicants must plan to garden with at least fifteen children between the ages of 3 and 18.
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Cheap and Easy Worm Bin!

Cheap and Easy Worm Bin! | Urban Gardening | Scoop.it

There's a nice easy set of instructions here on how to build a simple worm composting system. You can compost even if you live in an apartment. Your container plants will love it.

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