10 Effective Ways To Protect Your Garden From Birds

Photo by: Agonjaka [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)] So spring has arrived, and you’re feeling accomplished! You carefully transplant your young plants out into the garden and sow your seeds into the soil.  Days later you come out to find all of your newly planted crops have disappeared! Birds have been eating away at your tiny seedlings faster than they could grow, which devastates your crop. Let’s explore 10 easy ways…

An arts-focused urban farm initiative is coming to Baltimore

A new state initiative will bring an urban farm to a vacant lot in West Baltimore, but instead of growing fruits and vegetables to eat, the focus will be on plants that can be turned into natural dyes for artists, Gov. Larry Hogan’s office announced Wednesday. The inspiration comes from the governor’s trade mission to Asia in 2015, and a 2017 visit by first lady Yumi Hogan to her native…

How To Easily Grow Your Own Healthy Wheatgrass At Home

Growing your own wheatgrass at home is easy and fun to do! There are a lot of different methods on how you can achieve this, so below we are going to share with you some of our favorites! There are both soil and soil-less methods. Make sure you choose which will work best for you. Before you get started, purchase your wheatgrass seeds. [embedded content][embedded content][embedded content]As you can see,…

11 Essential Fall Planting Tips

1. At the nursery: Buy the best Look for plants that have healthy foliage and no roots creeping out of the nursery container’s bottom drain holes (which means they’re probably rootbound). 2. Small is smarter When you have a choice, buy little plants (in 4-inch nursery pots); they’re less expensive (usually under $5), easier to handle, and will catch up to the larger ones with winter rains. Smaller plants are…

Urban farm success story is something to celebrate

“Tour any number of farms in the “inner city,” check out the rows of planted tomatoes, kale, peppers, asparagus and berries and it becomes crystal clear: Here, it’s a city in name only. Urban farms stand as proof that the once-scarred earth can be restored across swaths of land once deemed fit only for the purpose of populating cities and towns. It’s a lesson for urban governments to look beyond…

Fall Planting Schedule, Down To Your First Frost Date

    Now is the time to start making solid plans for your fall and winter garden. Follow this simple planting schedule for a great start, or visit our online interactive planting calendar for a more detailed description of what you should be planting when based on your exact location and grow zone.   12-14 Weeks Before Your First Frost Date     Direct Sow: Snap Beans, Cucumbers, Summer Squash, Parsnips,…

Richmond couple creates urban farm to help feed their community

NBC12 – WWBT – Richmond, VA News On Your Side (WATCH THE VIDEO!) “From high above, the Bellemeade-Oak Grove neighborhood looks like any other one in south Richmond. However, if you move in a bit closer, you’ll see one backyard on Wright Avenue that makes the neighborhood unique. That’s because you are looking at a farm right in the heart of the area, and it yields much more than fruits…

Replacing Vacant Lots With Green Spaces Can Ease Depression In Urban Communities

“Growing up in Washington, D.C.’s Columbia Heights neighborhood, Rebecca Lemos-Otero says her first experience with nature came in her late teens when her mother started a community garden. “I was really surprised and quickly fell in love,” she recalls. The garden was peaceful, and a “respite” from the neighborhood, which had high crime rates, abandoned lots and buildings, she says. Inspired by that experience, years later, Lemos-Otero, 39, started City…

4 Trap Plants You Can Grow To Help Control Pests

                Controlling insects in the garden may seem like a never ending battle for some, but have you ever considered that fixing the problem may be as simple as just planting a few “sacrificial crops” for the problematic bugs to feast on instead of your prized fruits or vegetables? Planting a variety of “trap plants” will lure those pests away from your favorite crops. It is an organic, natural,…