Whether you grow from seed or transplants, planting a garden is a satisfying activity, full expectation.  This chapter will show you tried and true propagation methods that will ensure that your expectations are met with success.  From the thrill of discovering seedlings that have germinated to gathering the harvest, it all starts on a solid foundation of proper propagation.  (Read more in Chapter Seven of City Farming: A How-to Guide to Growing Crops and Raising Livestock in Urban Spaces.)


Types of Squash: Summer Squash vs Winter Squash

What is the difference between summer and winter types of squash? The answer to how types of squash are categorized lies in how long they last in cold storage. Summer types of squash tend to have thin skins.  They do not store well.  Hence, they are eaten shortly following harvest, […]

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Grow Pumpkins Naturally at Home

Grow Pumpkins Naturally! At the close of a long hot summer, the appearance of the pumpkin heralds the welcome arrival of autumn. The classic symbol of fall appears everywhere, from Jack-O-Lanterns on porches to pumpkin specialties on restaurant menus. More than just the emblem of ancient folklore or a delicious, […]

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How to Protect A Garden & Seedlings from Birds

Birds love seeds and seedlings. Here’s how to protect a garden that has been freshly planted from becoming a snack bar for birds and other pests. Plant seeds twice as deep as the longest edge of the seed.  If you plant large seeds shallowly, they may float to the surface […]

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How To Dig a Planting Hole

Dig a planting hole the right way to give your transplants a great start. Here is how to dig a proper planting hole: Remove mulch and debris from the area in which you want to plant. Dig a hole that is twice as wide and just as deep as the […]

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What Weeds Teach Us About How to Plant a Garden

Is there a connection between where weeds grow and how to plant a garden?  Yes! Weeds are nature’s reclamation crew.  We see them in sidewalk cracks, abandoned lots, rock landscapes and construction zones.  Weeds are the first plants to grow back in areas where vegetation has been removed and were […]

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Growing Strawberries -It’s Deliciously Easy!

Growing strawberries is easy.   You can grow strawberries in containers and small gardens to enjoy fresh, naturally grown berries from your own backyard. Of all crops in the home garden, growing strawberries is one of the easiest and most rewarding. If you have ever had the pleasure of savoring […]

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Learn to Farm at the Center for Urban Agriculture

Interview with Peter Condon of MCC Center for Urban Agriculture Where Students Learn to Farm Using Sustainable Agriculture Methods Kari:  I’m here with Peter Condon and Christee Rothbard at the Mesa Community College Center for Urban Agriculture, where students can learn to farm successfully and profitably.  We are here to […]

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School Gardens & Farm Education at Youth Farm

School Gardens Teach Teens and Young Adults to Farm Interview with Molly, co-manager of The Youth Farm school gardens and teaching farm (Brooklyn, NY) On a cool April day, one month prior to the peak growing season, Lewis and I visited one NYC’s most visionary urban farms, The Youth Farm […]

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Grow Onions: Tips from The Micro Farm Project

It is so easy and economical to grow onions One of the most useful parts of my garden is definitely my onion bed. Onions are used almost daily in my kitchen.  Growing them is like having an onion bank in the backyard to visit any time that I need one. […]

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Heritage Turkey Breeds: How to Raise Turkeys

Raise a Heritage Turkey in Honor of National Turkey Lovers’ Month…or for Thanksgiving & Christmas, of Course! Each June, we celebrate National Turkey Lovers Month on the farm as we prepare for the summer and the upcoming hatching of our hen’s eggs. I proudly say that I am one (a […]

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