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Cultivating Your City

A blog exploring interesting and unique growing systems and trends in urban areas!

Raised Bed Basics

Posted by Veronica Shaughnessy -

What is a raised bed? Raised beds essentially are very large above ground growing containers often used as vegetable gardens. Raised beds have many benefits including more control over your soil mix, protection form some of the larger vermin (if it is fences) and the relief associated with not having to worry about the safety issues surrounding growing food in contamina...

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Succession Planting....What is it and where do I start?

Posted by Veronica Shaughnessy -

As a grower with limited space in my yard I know that sometimes it can be difficult to grow the amount of food we want with the space we have. One tool to help accomplish this is succession planting. Succession planting is a crop planting method which can increase crop cycles, yields, and availability in a season by efficiently timing and spacing the plantings....

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More bucks for you back yard – starting seeds indoors

Posted by Veronica Shaughnessy -

It has happened to all of us. After a brutal winter that seemed never ending, we look down at the calendar and realize the frost date is rapidly approaching. At this point, we have two options: 1.) we can get it in gear and go acquire some seeds and get them started or 2.) We can wait until the frost date is over and purchase plants from a local reputable garden center. People grow vege...

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Why oh why didn't I winterize my shrubs?

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If any of you are like me, the thought of winterizing your shrubs didn't even occur to you until about a foot of snow was in process of falling. Winterizing, in regards to shrubs, means protecting the shrubs from damage due to high winds, cold temperatures, snow, broken limbs, and prolonged drought or any combination of the above. What can we do...

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Garden through those winter blues

Posted by Veronica Shaughnessy -

I don't know about you but around this time every year I find myself missing warm temperatures, sunshine, and gardening. Starting an indoor gardening project may help lift the spirits! To satisfy my garden craving, I took on an indoor herb planting project. I started out by choosing a location in my home which would be suitable for herb growth. I am blessed enough to have a garden windo...

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Keep your pets safe! – Toxic Holiday Houseplants

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Happy December readers! This month I will be brief. While many of us get rather busy during the holiday season it is important that we keep a few things in mind when it comes to our furry family members. Many of the holiday plants or plant materials typically used for decorative purposes in the home are poisonous to our pets and should be kept out of reach! Plants to watch out for include but a...

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Have You Heard About B.O.B.? ( Bur Oak Blight)

Posted by Veronica Shaughnessy -

In October, I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to attend the Upper Midwestern InvasiveSpecies Conference in Duluth, MN. I found this conference extremely informative! Although it would be impossible to share all the information from the conference, I would love to share some things that I found particularly interesting in my next two posts. What? Today, I wou...

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