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by City Farmer - Canada's Office of Urban AgricultureNow Celebrating Our 36th Year!Established 1978, Vancouver, BC, Canada Prepared by Michael Levenston, Executive On-line on the World Wide Web since October 15, 1994. © Copyright City Farmer 1994-2012 E-mail us at: Mailing Address: City Farmer - Canada's Office of Urban Agriculture Box 74567, Kitsilano RPO, Vancouver, B.C. V6K 4P4 Canada Office Phone: (604) 685-5832 Map showing the location of our garden at 2150 Maple Street. City Farmer's Urban Agriculture Notes City Farmer's Urban Agriculture Notes
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It took over 20 years of gardening to realize that I didn’t have to work so hard to achieve a fruitful harvest. As the limitless energy of my youth gradually gave way to the physical realities of mid-life, the slow accretion of experience eventually led to an awareness that less work can result in greater crop yields. Inspired in part by Masanobu Fukuoka’s book, One Straw Revolution, my family experimented with gardening methods which could increase yields with less effort. Fukuoka spent over three decades perfecting his so-called “do-nothing” technique: commonsense, sustainable practices that all but eliminate the use of pesticides, fertilizer, tillage, and perhaps most significantly, wasteful effort. Here are the strategies we used which enabled us to greatly increase our garden yield, while requiring less time and less work. 5 Secrets to a ‘No-work’ Garden | Eartheasy Blog 5 Secrets to a ‘No-work’ Garden | Eartheasy Blog
Good news and bad news. I had planned to film a short video showing you how to make a pallet garden, but the weather didn’t cooperate. I was stapling the landscape fabric onto the pallet when it started drizzling and got really windy. That’s the bad news. How to Turn a Pallet into a Garden

How to Turn a Pallet into a Garden

Buckets, boxes, bowls, oh my!

4 Simple Steps to Grow a Hundred Pounds of Potatoes in a Barrel

4 Simple Steps to Grow a Hundred Pounds of Potatoes in a Barrel Container gardening isn't only for savvy urban gardeners and folks with limited space to grow, it can also be for folks who want to maximize their yields in a controlled environment. Not only does growing potatoes in a barrel reduce the amount of weeding and exposure to pests and fungi, you don't even have to risk shovel-damage to the tender potatoes by digging them out of the ground when they're done, just tip the container over! After extensive research to plan my own potatoes-in-a-barrel, I've boiled all of the recommendations down to 4 simple steps to a winning potato harvest. 1. Select and prepare a container
In Part One of this series on organic weed control we learned about how weeds affect our garden and tips to prevent them in the first place. In this article, we'll learn how to get rid of weeds, naturally, tools for the job and how weeds can even be good for you and your garden. Real tips for getting rid of weeds As the saying goes, the bigger the elephant, the harder it is to move it. In the garden, the bigger the weeds, the harder it is to control them. The Art of Weeding: Part 2 The Art of Weeding: Part 2
large specimen Manzanitas Sierra Foothils 6 to 20 ft. tall & wide. There are two species, Arctostaphylos manzanita is greener leafed, Arctostaphylos viscida is more silvery. Perhaps Arctostaphylos × helleri [myrtifolia × viscida]. Can only be dug in spring or winter, you can come choose the ones you want in the field, south of Sacramento. Plant List - Bay Natives Plant List - Bay Natives
What is a garden? Peace. Sanctuary. Beauty. Contemplation. Connection. Garden as Sacred Space | Nature - Beauty - Sanctuary Garden as Sacred Space | Nature - Beauty - Sanctuary
*Why I Use Epsom Salt in the Garden*By: LL4e14 June 2004 I wanted to show everyone what a difference it makes with and without with only water being added all of these plants was planted on the same day and time. I am showing you ones I am growing with the sq. ft. method. All of these photo's were just taken today. I do have several baby tomatoes now. Why I Use Epsom Salt in the Garden

Why I Use Epsom Salt in the Garden

How to Plan a Labyrinth Garden
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Seeds - sowing lettuce seeds in guttering | How to | Projects | BBC Gardeners' World
7 Cheap But Beautiful DIY Garden Decor Ideas I must be painting a terrible portrait of myself. Lazy gardener. Lazy cleaner. Cheap organizer. Pest poisoner extraordinaire.

7 Cheap But Beautiful DIY Garden Decor Ideas

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Creative Organic Gardening - Permaculture gardens (permanent culture) is an approach to everyday life that integrates plants, animals, landscape, structures; people who purposely design all the facets of their lives to enhance environmental sustainability within a permanent, sustainable agricultural and cultural system - a diverse, complex eco-system, where the all of the elements interact in mutually beneficial ways to produce a whole which is greater than the sum of its parts. The art of designing garden areas that are modeled on the relationships found in natural ecologies. Permanent is from the Latin "permanens" - to remain to the end, to persist throughout.
Shared Earth the Largest Community Garden on the Planet! | SharedEarth Landshare and Form Partnership For Global Growth Welcome to Shared Earth, a free website that connects land owners with gardeners and farmers. Land Owners

Red Worm Composting

For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Bentley (“Compost Guy”) Christie and I’ve been a crazed worm composting fanatic (or “vermiholic” if you prefer) for more than 13 yrs now. I created this website back in 2006 with the simple intention of sharing my passion with the world. So far so good! Things have certainly progressed since the early days, though, and the website has provided me with an amazing opportunity to get to know a LOT of other “worm heads” from across North America and around the world! (more…)
This is a list of companion plants. Many more are in the list of beneficial weeds. Companion plants assist in the growth of others by attracting beneficial insects, repelling pests, or providing nutrients, shade, or support. They can be part of a biological pest control program.

List of companion plants

Terrarium Centerpieces 

The other week, my good friend Stephanie and I planned out a craft weekend. Our mission: Terrariums. Not the kind you keep lizards in, but the kind you can seal up and watch the moss grow. It was fun, cheap, and easy, and while we were creating them I realized how awesome they would be as centerpieces at a wedding. They are totally unique, creative, and beautiful. We each made four of them, which just goes to show they are not even that labor intensive.
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porch swing < Favorite backyard projects: Raised beds, benches, cabanas, paths, fountains, arbors, and more