Over watering and how to avoid it

After months away from my tropical oasis, spent shivering and celebrating with family in the states, I was eager to get back and start planting again. I gleefully, with the occasional skip, started poking seeds into every pot I could get my hands on. Lavender and other herbs from home, Ceylon spinach, kang kung, and every other green; tomatoes from every hot … Read More

A Place of Their Very Own

In the bustling city, amongst the close facades and frenzied homeowners, it can be difficult for a bird to find a place to call home. Out of limbs and run out of attics, they’ve nowhere to bed down. A shame, considering the ecological role they could play in urban gardens and restoration efforts. While they might come after our fruits and berries, … Read More

Toxic Lovelies To Keep Away From Pets

To help keep your furry household members safe we have compiled a list of common (not all) toxic plants and the reported symptoms found in pets when ingested. Either avoid keeping these plants around the home and garden, place them out of reach, or train Bruiser and Fluffy to avoid them. Most animals will avoid these plants on their own, but if … Read More

A Compost Refresher

So by now you know composting involves layering roughly equal parts carbon- and nitrogen-rich waste, but you might be unclear on exactly which of the two are found in a particular kind of waste. The quick guide below, based on some handy charts from the University of Illinois Extension, indicates which nutrient is provided by compostable materials, which to avoid, and how … Read More

Season 1 Successes

While trying to adapt my garden knowledge to growing on a sweltering rooftop I have run into more than a few speedbumps. However, the initial garden implementation has still seen a few successes. Let’s celebrate them! An early step in any garden should be the start of a composting system. We used a simple plastic bin with a lid for our small … Read More

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