From Vacants to Vegetables: How do I build a garden?

As reported in my last post, I obtained rights to build a community garden on a vacant lot from the City of Baltimore. But I have never actually gardened, and had no idea how to build a garden from scratch. After doing my homework, and looking into examples of urban gardens online and around the city, I had a better idea of where to start. So this is what I had to start with (see above). Not so great in the natural light department, but at least there wasn’t any trash to clean up!

The lot. 414 E 26th …read more

Composting in the City

I first learned about composting in 2009 while living in an intentional community in the upper level of a rehabbed church in Post-Katrina New Orleans. Seven of us shared one refrigerator, one common living area, and one small trash can, and one even smaller trash can. The second trash can was actually more like a canister—less than a foot high, roughly eight inches in circumference and was used for compost scraps.

There are multiple forms of composting, but the most common form for city dwellers is Backyard composting. You combine browns (fallen leaves or straw), greens (grass clippings and …read more

Ballpark Tomatoes

Tomato Plants (Photo credit: kendra e)

Homegrown tomatoes are one of the great joys of summer. Fortunately for the apartment or small space gardener, there are a number of breeding advances that make it possible to grow at least one tomato plant in even the smallest space.

It’s been said that once planted, it’s hard to prevent tomatoes. That’s close to true, but not entirely. Tomatoes do have needs to be met.

Tomatoes need sun – lots of sun. If you can’t find a place that provides sun for a minimum of six hours a day, preferably eight, than …read more