Florida Lifts Ban on Front-Yard Vegetable Gardens

Credit: Todd Anderson New York Times, Orlando couple will now be able to keep vegetable garden Florida passes law saying cities can’t stop people from growing food on their own property, even in their front yards. State lawmakers in Florida have told cities they must respect citizens’ property rights, and seemingly even more basic right to grow their own food. They just passed a bill “prohibiting local governments from regulating vegetable gardens…

Save bees by holding back on the mowing, gardeners urged

Gardeners should leave at least a strip of their lawn un-mowed this summer to help halt the decline in bees, experts have said. Perfectly manicured grass is depriving the crucial pollinating insects of the wildflowers they need to feed on, according to the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH). A major study by the organization, published on Tuesday, shows wild bees and hoverflies have suffered widespread losses across the UK…

Florida Senate bill that could usher more beds of beets revives home rule debate

More mushrooms? A proposed bill in the Florida Senate could usher in more beds of beets at homes statewide by barring local governments from regulating vegetable gardens. It would create a Catch-22 for cities such as Orlando, where city officials bristle at preemptive moves from Tallahassee and are looking to expand urban agriculture. City officials said this week they plan to oppose the legislation (SB 82) because it flies in…

Join UOG’s Monthly Seed Club, Just in Time for Spring!

Collect heritage seeds and GROW A GARDEN, ALL-Year-ROUND! Join the club that delivers you garden seeds at just the right time of the year to plant them – hand selected based on your garden specs. Start by telling us a little bit about your garden, preferences, and location. Then, each month we’ll send you a curated collection of heritage garden seeds. Now is the perfect time to join.Spring is right…

Loosened Restrictions Could Bring More Urban Farms

-Chattanooga city officials recently approved an ordinance that makes it easier for residents to establish urban farms within city limits.- “From the front, D.B. Reisen’s home looks no different than any other lining Davidson Road. Step out back, however, and you’ll find a dozen chickens clustered in a shed, 15 sheep grazing under the protection of a coyote-kicking guard horse, and a trio of cattle watching it all lazily from…