Grow your own from seed

When you learn to grow from seed your plants, you are no longer dependent on what the local nursery/garden center sells each season. A whole new variety of annual/perennial edible foods can be grown right where you live in the city. I grow all my annual vegetables, herbs and flowers from seed and do not…

You can live an organic life in the city

What is a city? What defines a city? According to Webster Dictionary, a city is a place where people live and work that is larger or more important than a town. Different countries define what a city or town is, so take a closer look at where you live. Where are you located in proximity…

Have you ever tried perennial Salad burnet with your hummus?

YUM! In 2015, I started introducing more perennial edibles to our garden for it makes early winter to spring a bit easier for eating year round. Also, many annual vegetables and herbs are initially grown inside under lights and then placed outside in the garden soil. I have found by the end of January or…

Don’t forget to start Swiss Chard and Kale this week

Kale and Swiss Chard inspired me to expand my urban potager in 2006! We have a wonderful year round, indoor + outdoor farmer’s market in the Quad Cities. Not only do we have that but we also have several smaller farmer markets in the parking lots of our hospitals on the weekends. There are 100’s…

Are you starting your pansies in the dark this week?

My goal for 2016 was to take you through the growing of our Urban Potager in the city from January and share with you all the projects or activities I am doing each week to keep our Potager producing for us and nature all year long. I have learned over the years that certain plants…