Secrets of Companion Planting + Popular Planting Combinations

Did you know that tomatoes hate cucumbers? While they might taste great together in a salad, tomato plants actually dislike growing in close proximity to any member of the cucurbit family, which includes cucumbers. Tomatoes love carrots and basil, however – so planting these together will actually make them each grow more vigorously! Planting your veggies in neat rows with labels is satisfying to the eye, and easier to harvest. However,…

Pet-Friendly Indoor Gardening

Houseplants make a wonderful addition to our home’s décor and improve the indoor air quality.  Those with pets, however, may struggle with keeping plants safe from curious pets and the pets safe from indoor greenery. The good news is you can grow an indoor garden even when you own pets. Yes, some do love to dig in the soil or even eat our favorite houseplants, but with proper plant selection…

Grow Up to 90 Fruits and Vegetables in Your House With This Auto-Watering Indoor Garden

If you’ve always wanted to start your own herb or vegetable garden but don’t have the yard space or the “green thumb” to pull it off, there’s now another option. The OGarden Smart is an indoor gardening system that grows up to 90 plants at one time—20 of which are edible. Strawberries, celery, kale, bok choy, green beans, cayenne pepper, green onion, and cherry tomatoes are just a few of…

Bottle Tower Gardens Provide Exceptionally Efficient Small Space Growing

Dr. Willem Van Cotthem experimented with this vertical gardening system using recycled plastic bottles stacked and attached to a fence.  He began with the 2011 growing season and continued through 2012 with great success.  This type of garden is cheap to start and is extremely effective for those who do not have a lot of growing space.  A system like this could be built along a fence, wall, or on…

Rooftop Gardens Are Turning the Urban Shopping Scene Green

“PARIS — It’s a swift ride by elevator from Galeries Lafayette’sperfume section to the grand department store’s 10th-floor luxury farm with its signature scent of sage, rosemary and compost. The rooftop garden, lush with climbing plants, tomatoes, marigolds and strawberries, is part of a plan to transform city farming into a deluxe shopping attraction for customers yearning for an exclusive green refuge — and perhaps a taste of beer brewed…

Best ‘Secret’ Urban Gardens Around the World

The contrast between the cityscape and the greenery is often striking. Pictured here: Oranjezicht City Farm, Cape Town, South Africa. – Courtesy Coco VanOppens Photo/Phaidon.com “(CNN) — From derelict train tracks turned scenic walkways, to rooftop treasures atop train stations, sometimes the best bits of cities are the bits that don’t feel like cities at all. Urban centers might be 24-hour hubs of activity, but often you just need some…

Hydroponics Guide: Learn To Grow Plants Without Soil 2018

“Hydroponics is the art/science of growing plants in a soil-free environment. Historically, hydroponics isn’t that new. In fact, there are many ancient records of people using the concept of hydroponics to grow plants. One such important record is the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, which is considered one of the Wonders of the Ancient World. In Babylon, they used gravel and stones to grow plants. While the system is certainly more primitive…

Strange Ways To Use 30 Most Common Household Things In Your Garden!

Learn about the 30 Most Common Household Things that can make your garden better and gardening easier. 1. Cardboard and Newspapers Must you have cardboards and newspapers? Do you know you can use them in your garden? From putting them into the compost to suppressing weeds or this DIY newspaper seed starter, there are many ways. Find out more cardboard uses here! 2. Wine Bottles From creating a water fountain to…

Win a FREE Seed Club Subscription!

Win a FREE 1 Month Subscription to UOG’s Monthly Seed & Garden Club! https://urbanorganicgardener.cratejoy.com/offer.html Everything is delivered to you at just the right time of the year. [All based on your grow zone – growing conditions – garden location – preferences – and more!] Now is the perfect time to join as we are currently getting ready for the upcoming spring planting season! Let our Garden Guru’s curate a collection…