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How to Grow Specialty Mushrooms in Your Backyard


Growing mushrooms is easier than you might think! In today’s post, you will be able to learn how to grow mushrooms of all varieties such as shiitake, oyster, and wine cap in your own backyard.

Mushrooms growing on tree bark

Growing Mushrooms You Can Cook With

Do you have a really shady section of your garden that doesn’t get a whole lot of sunshine? If so, you should consider planting and growing some specialty mushrooms in this area.

If you are really curious and ready to take the next steps towards growing your own mushroom logs, you should take a moment and read Edible Landscaping with a Permaculture Twist by Fungi Fun Guy, Michael Judd!

Michael’s book is a unique how-to manual for the budding gardener and experienced green thumb alike, full of creative and easy-to-follow designs that guide you to having your yard and eating it, too.

This guide takes tips and pointers directly from his book. I hope you find it informative, useful, and fun!

Michael Judd holding a shiitake mushroom log

This book is distributed by Chelsea Green and is for sale at ecologiadesign.com

Reprinted with permission from Edible Landscaping with a Permaculture Twist by Michael Judd © 2013. Published by Ecologia. Photography courtesy of Ecologia.

Different Varieties of Mushrooms You Can Grow

Judd says he often hears these words from many newbie gardeners, “My yard is so shady that I can’t grow anything.” To which he always replies with an “Oh yeah you can! Mushrooms love the shade!”

Growing mushrooms outdoors is much easier than you may think.

There are three types of mushrooms that you can plant in your garden- shiitake, oyster, and wine cap. These specific types are easy to grow, tasty, and versatile!

Shiitake and oyster mushrooms grow well on logs and the wine cap mushroom, also known as King Stropharia or Garden Giant, grows really well on wood chips.

All three of these have a wide temperature range for growing as long as there is moisture—make that moisture, moisture, moisture! If you retain nothing else from this project, simply remember moisture = mushrooms.

The Best Types of Trees For Growing Mushrooms

Many types of trees can be used for growing edible mushrooms.

In general, you should use hardwoods like:

  • maple
  • poplar
  • willow
  • birch
  • beech

In doing so, you should avoid species such as:

  • black locust
  • black walnut
  • most evergreens

Tulip poplar and hard maple are perfect for oyster and shiitake, respectively. Oak is the best wood for shiitake mushrooms, with its thick, protective bark and strong, long-lasting wood. A good oak log can produce beautiful shiitakes for up to eight years, whereas a softer wood like poplar may produce for only three to four years.

Now, you might be thinking, “How is cutting down trees to grow mushrooms ecological?”

A practice of sustainable forestry is the thinning of small-diameter trees to allow the larger, more mature trees to grow and to let in more sunlight that helps regenerate the forest floor.

These saplings are the perfect size for mushroom log cultivation!

Can You Use Old Firewood to Grow Mushrooms?

Simply grabbing some old firewood off the pile to grow your mushrooms won’t work, since the wood already has its own funky fungi going on. Mushroom logs need to be freshly cut from healthy trees.

Cut your wood at winter’s end before sap rise, which is around the end of February/early March.

The Best Size of Logs For Growing Mushrooms

According to Michael, trees or branches, approximately six inches in diameter, are best.

A larger diameter is fine if you have the brawn; however, smaller diameters are not recommended, as the wood will dry out too easily. Once down, you can mark and cut the logs at about 40 inches in length, which makes a manageable size to move around.

Judd then recommends you leave the logs where they are, slightly lifted off the ground, or move them where it is moist, leaving them for about three weeks. This period allows the tree’s natural anti-fungal properties to die off and the temperature to warm up for inoculation in late March or early April.

Note: If you have healthy wood that was downed during the winter, it is usable as long as you inoculate in the early spring.

Ninja Move: Put spore-inoculated bar oil from Fungi Perfecti in your chainsaw so that as you cut wood, you seed the stumps and surrounding debris. Throw some sawdust back on the stump to help keep in the moisture.

Maple Logs ready to inoculate for growing mushrooms

Fungi Mycelium

Fungi, the mushroom body, is made up of thread-like cells that weave together to make a network. When ready to fruit and release spores (seed), up pops the edible shoots we love so much!

If you have ever kicked aside the leaf litter in a forest and seen the white webbing, then you’ve seen fungi. We call these threads “mycelium.”

For mushroom cultivation, you are going to want specific fungi mycelium (i.e., shiitake and oyster strains). The mycelium growth is started on sawdust, straw, grain, or little wooden plugs. When inoculated with mycelium these mediums are called “spawn.”

Think of them as kindling to get the mycelium going.

For beginning ease, I suggest purchasing spawn with mycelium on them from one of the many fine mushroom supply outfits; ideally, one close to your weather range.

I am a big fan of Field & Forest! Their claim is: “Proud to be part of this rotting world.” Their website and online catalog are a perfect package of how-tos and materials for beginners.

There are numerous spawn options, but for small-scale use, Judd says he prefers the plug spawn. Plug spawns are little birch dowels that arrive covered in the mycelium variety you choose. These spawns will be inserted into the logs.

Plug spawn with mycelium

Mycelium Tips To Grow Mushrooms

Here are some tips that will help you grow mushrooms easily.

  • A log roughly 6 inches in diameter by 40 inches long will take between 30-40 plug spawns. 250 plugs run about $20.
  • There are shiitake and oyster varieties that fruit at different temperature ranges, offering extended harvest throughout the growing season (early spring to late fall).
  • Spawn can be ordered a month or so in advance and kept refrigerated.
  • You can also collect your own spores from local fruiting varieties (which has the benefit of being a more resilient strain).
  • I highly recommend reading Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World by Paul Stamets. I consider this to be the bible on mushroom cultivation and use.

Setting Up the “Shroom Zone”

Before the big bucks start to roll in from your mushroom sales, a bare-bones work area is needed!

Come late March/early April, Michael has a set up of a super low-tech inoculation area outside the garage. It’s comprised of a few straw bales laying flat, a strong electric drill, a hammer, an old camping stove, and a nasty old fondue pot.

Materials List

Here is the list of materials you will need to create a bare-bones work area:

Drill Logs In A Diamond Shape to Grow Mushrooms

Once you have your shroom zone set up, it’s time to arm yourself with a drill. The logs are going to be drilled in a diamond pattern for the plug spawn.

Start the first row two inches from the log’s end. Space the holes every six inches. The depth of the hole is important. Ideally, the plug will be inserted to a depth just below the bark, almost flush, but not sticking out, about 1 inch deep.

Field & Forest sell ninja drill bits that have stoppers on them for the correct depth, but I have used a piece of tape or a pen mark on the bit to eyeball the depth. It’s good to drill a few holes and check the depths by tapping in the spawn to see how it fits. Soon, you’ll get the feel for it.

Use caution not to drill too deep, as that leaves a dry air pocket.

Drilling pattern for Mushroom Logs
Once you have your first row done, rotate the log two inches and begin the next row, starting between the first two holes of the previous row, approximately five inches down.

Continue rotating the log two inches for every new row and offsetting the holes to create a diamond pattern. The inches here are approximate, so don’t get worked up, just pull on the brew for balance. Drilling this many holes is a bit overkill, but it’s necessary to make sure that our chosen fungi are the one that colonizes and out-competes any other funky airborne fungi.

Drilling holes into a log for growing mushrooms

Whack In Mushroom Spawn Plugs

Whacking in spawn plugs can be very fun! Those skills you built up playing the fair game ‘Whack a Mole’ are about to pay off.

As fun as whacking stuff might be, we need to be careful not to damage the bark. The bark on your log is the skin that keeps the moisture in, so handle it gently. Oaks, with their thick bark, are favored in this process; poplars, with thin and brittle bark, not so much.

Some folks recommend using rubber mallets, but I find workshop participants tossing them aside in favor of the metal hammers.

Now, armed with your hammer and a bag of spawn, let’s get to it. Keep in mind that the bag of spawn is sensitive to drying out and should be protected from sun and wind while working.

Whacking in spawn plug for growing backyard mushrooms

Set Up A Wax-Melting Station

About the time you’re ready to start whacking in spawn, set up your hybrid wax-melting station. This station I set up uses an old Coleman two-burner propane gas stove. I set this up about 20 feet from the drilling and whacking stations, as the wax smoke can get thick and the wax will inevitably drip.

I’ve seen set-ups in the garage with a plug-in burner and tarp underfoot, but that somehow loses the outdoor mystique. Both approaches work.

For a pot, I use an old fondue pot, but really any pot will do. Some more legit folks might recommend using a double boiler and putting water in the bottom of the first pot or even just placing a metal bowl in a pot with water in the bottom as a makeshift double boiler.

I use a cheese wax that I get in big chunks cheaply from Field & Forest, and it seems to last forever. Start off with a fist-sized chunk and crank the heat to medium-high and watch until the wax melts clear and starts to fine bubble. Then, turn the heat to low, around 300 degrees. You want the wax to be as hot as possible without catching on fire!

I judge the heat by the smoke; a thin smoke is good, while a thick one is getting close to the flashpoint. Often during workshops, where I have a small army of first-time drillers and whackers, I forget to turn the wax down and it catches on fire. It’s no huge blaze, but you cannot salvage the wax once it’s caught fire.

Carefully take it off the burner, dump it on the gravel drive, and start again.

The flashpoint is easier to control with a double boiler set up. The trick is to have the wax as hot as possible to ensure a good seal that traps moisture and keeps critters out; otherwise, the wax can dry and peel off. Once your wax is hot, use a small bristle brush, a steel baster, or wax daubers (which are a dollar a pop from Field & Forest) to dab the wax over each spawn.

Waxing logs for growing mushrooms outdoors

Label the Log With the Mushroom Type

If you have (or plan to have) multiple types of mushrooms, it is a good idea to label the logs with aluminum tags nailed into the log’s end.

Make sure to put the type, variety, and date. It will help to track what does well, to make recommendations to others, and be sure you are harvesting the right fungi.

Shade Is the Best Place for Growing Mushrooms

The next stage in the fungi journey is one of the most critical: the spawn run. This is when the mycelium jumps off the spawn into the log and begins to colonize it. This can take anywhere from six to eighteen months.

Place the logs flat during the spawn run, just off the ground an inch or two. Moisture during this time is key. The logs want to be placed in a shady place that imitates a forest setting, out of the wind, and, ideally, close to the house and watering source.

If you have a naturally moist, shady area around your house, that is a good spot. My new favorite place to stash logs is under the deck, where water falls through and the house blocks the wind. The fungi love it!

Another good spot is underneath evergreens that are porous and allow enough water to fall through. You can create your own shade with a 60-80 percent shade cloth draped over straw bales with logs laid in between.

Logs under deck during spawn run for growing mushrooms

Keep The Logs Moist

Make sure to keep your logs moist; you can water them like the rest of your garden. If there has been no rain, they need the equivalent of about one inch of water a week. You can either hose and the area around them down once a week, or set up a sprinkler and run it for 15-20 minutes.

Once the logs fruit, lean them up to view and easily harvest the mushrooms.

Leaning logs ready to fruit mushrooms under evergreens

How To Harvest Mushrooms

When the logs fruit, usually after a warm spring or fall rain, simply cut the mushrooms off at the base, being careful to not pull off chunks of the bark. Then, the sky’s the limit for enjoying and preserving them. You will be amazed at the abundance a log produces at once!

If you can get past sautéing them in butter and garlic or making some stuffed mushrooms with spinach and ricotta, then they are easy to dry and store. My personal favorite preservation is shiitake vodka! But, for you teetotalers, a mushroom-infused olive oil with peppercorns and hot peppers is a tasty treat and great gift.

Logs growing shiitake mushrooms

A Word About Mushroom Safety

You may be wondering if it is safe to eat any ol’ mushroom that grows out of the log. The answer is an emphatic “Heck No!!”

If your spawn variety has not successfully run and colonized the log, it’s possible that another airborne fungi has set up shop. Only harvest the type that you inoculated the log with and have a picture of what that is.

If you inoculate a shiitake, only harvest a shiitake. Thankfully, oysters and shiitake are easy to identify. The beauty of growing your own mushrooms versus hunting for them is that you know exactly what is supposed to pop out.

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‘Mince’ orzo pasta salad with green beans, almonds and feta + what I learned in a social media detox

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A Year in Review: The Best of Garden Therapy 2019

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Concrete Thinking: How to Make Mod, Stackable Sculptures With Cinder Blocks

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A Holiday Window Box You Can Display Anywhere

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{Book Review} What’s yours is mine by Tom Slee

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Master Gardener’s Bookshelf: Practical Gardening Books for Every Garden

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Stuffed baked apples with pomegranate molasses drizzle

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Lovely Lavender Ombre Melt and Pour Soap

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‘Mince’ and corn stuffed sweet potatoes

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Gather Around this DIY Christmas Candle Wreath

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Stepped Rooftop Creates Space for Urban Farming in Vietnam

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Zucchini salad with feta, dill and mint

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The BEST lemon yogurt cookies

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{Book Review} How to be a friend by Cicero

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The city trying to make urban living good for your health

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Smart Forest City with in 7.5 million plants for Mexico

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How to Make Wax Melts with Herbs and Natural Ingredients

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Philly is creating first-ever urban agriculture manifesto

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How We Found Land to Build On — and How You Can, Too

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Indy’s “Young Urban Gardener” off to NYC for Disney+ screening

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Meet the ‘plant influencers,’ millennials teaching the ways of urban gardening

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Herbs and seeds summer salad

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Urban, home gardens could help curb food insecurity, health problems

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How To Roast Your Own Pumpkin Seeds At Home

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Want to Know WHEN to Prune? This Will Answer All of Your Questions!

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Father and Son Build 50,000 New Beehive Colonies Around the World

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Broad bean bruschetta with tahini miso spread

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The Bee Is Declared The Most Important Living Being On The Planet

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Peruvian Group Creates Compostable Plates Made Of Banana Leaves

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The 10 Essential Gardening Tools No Gardener Should Be Without

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Roasted fennel and yogurt dip + a book club

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Growing Food Security In The North

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Fall Garden Cleanup: A Robot Is Mowing My Lawn!

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Elegant + Upscale Pinecone Crafts

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The future of farming: How urban agriculture could make big money

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New urban farm at Charleston affordable housing complex to break ground next month

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That Time I Went to Baby Goat Yoga in Texas

Have you heard of goat yoga or baby goat yoga? I jumped at...

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Large urban farm and orchard planned in north Flint

FLINT, Michigan—Another urban farm is headed to Flint and it will be one...

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Pumpkin cookies with chai, raisins and pecans

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Soap-on-a-rope is more than just a catchy rhyme. It’s a decorative way to...

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Gorgie City Farm: One of Scotland’s last urban farms collapses

One of the last urban farms in Scotland has closed after going into...

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Paris Will Soon Be Home to the World’s Largest Rooftop Urban Farm

In an Olmstedian effort to bring city dwellers back to nature and to...

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Homemade Scented Pinecones and a Pretty DIY Diffuser

Many people believe that aromatherapy has the power to heal our bodies and...

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How Jack O’Lanterns Originated in Irish Myth

Pumpkins with ghoulish faces and illuminated by candles are a sure sign of...

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Garden Tour: The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is THE garden to see when visiting...

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Grand Opening Of ‘We Grow Microgreens’ Urban Farm In Hyde Park

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Behind the Scenes of The Backyard Fire Cookbook

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Organic Pest Control 101: How to Get Rid of Fig Beetles Naturally

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Vanilla Bean Winter Lotion Bar

This vanilla bean lotion bar recipe is formulated specifically for the cool winter...

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Organic Pest Control 101: 7 Easy Solutions for Getting Rid of Aphids

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How to Reuse a Halloween Pumpkin

How many of you even think to reuse a Halloween pumpkin? Reusing my...

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How to Cut Butternut Squash for Recipes

The earthy, nutty flavor of butternut squash is perfectly comforting on a cold...

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Cauliflower and sweet potato bean salad + a review of The Book Thief

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Lemon balm (Melissa officianlis) is a vigorous wild plant that easily naturalizes in...

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Organic Pest Control 101: 7 Easy Solutions for Getting Rid of Aphids

Of all the pests that plague gardens throughout the season, aphids are among...

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This Fall Veggie Benefits Bones, Immunity, Energy & More!

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Naturally Freshen Laundry with Homemade Reusable Lavender Dryer Bags

Lavender dryer bags are a natural way to freshen laundry and a good use for...

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Now, here is a seriously last-minute decor project that will bring a little...

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How to Get Your Christmas Cactus to Bloom!

A Christmas cactus is one of my very favorite holiday plants. Pops of...

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Can an urban agriculture plan cultivate NYC’s community gardens?

On a recent Saturday afternoon, Iyeshima Harris surveyed the bounty of an urban...

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Agrihood Development Brings Urban Farming to Denver

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Why and How to Make Lotion Bars

Lotion bars are becoming more popular due to the elimination of packaging, common...

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Tandoori baby carrots and a review of David & Goliath

This little recipe is inspired by Ottolenghi’s Plenty, one of the bestest veggie...

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A Compost Recipe to Demystify Composting

Composting is an environmentally helpful way to improve your garden soil and reduce...

roasted pumpkin seeds with a sprig of rosemary and lettering around the edges reading "thyme, rosemary, parsley, sage"
Highly Addictive Rosemary Pumpkin Seeds

Whether you are cooking with pumpkins or carving a Jack-O-Lantern, it’s likely that...

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Cheesy celery leaf pesto + pull apart stuffed rye sourdough

I am a big BIG fan of using the whole vegetable when cooking....

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Tea Tree Oil Antifungal Treatment Stick for Red Spots and Rashes

This homemade tea tree oil antifungal treatment stick helps to soothe red spots...

The future of farming: How urban agriculture could make big money
The future of farming: How urban agriculture could make big money

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Seasonal decorating is my favorite excuse to bring (more) plants inside. Even simple...

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Introducing SkyPots™: A Brand New Way to Garden

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Fresh Herb Finishing Salt Recipe

An herbal finishing salt is a flavorful condiment and a creative way to...

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The Woman Leading the Way for Urban Farming in the Nation’s Capital

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Soil Scientists’ Advice to Urban Gardeners: Test for Lead

(photo: @NYCzerowaste) In the past few years, the issue of soil contamination has gained...

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Good Clean Fun: THE Idea Book for Creative Melt and Pour Soap Projects

It’s the feeling of giddiness you get when you are doing something you...

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Protect Your Garden from Vampires: How to Grow Garlic

It’s not quite Halloween, but now’s the perfect time to think about naturally vampire-proofing...

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Urban Farming Takes Off in Germany

When Christian Echternacht gets invited to dinner, he likes to bring tilapia and...

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The Reviews Are in! The Garden Therapy Natural Skin Care Course

It’s been over a year since I’ve created a FREE Natural Skin Care...

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City Gardens Are Taking over Chicago Streets

On his way home, Darnell Eleby paused before boarding the commuter train in...

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Veteran farming program offers heroes help

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Baked potato cabbage rosti with tahini mustard dipping sauce + a review of How We Learn

I made these gorgeous morsels about a week ago and after a bit...

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12 Extraordinary Spring Flowering Bulbs to Plant in Fall

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Fall Gardening a Time to Think Holistically [PODCAST]

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Buds, Sweat and Tears:Order Our Book Now!

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BHG Takes Brooklyn: Our Recap of Stylemaker 2017!

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How to Plant Fall Bulbs for Long-Lasting Spring Colour

The spring garden is a joyous sight full of colour and happy blooms,...

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The Second Garden: Meet The Horticult Los Angeles

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Wondering What to Buy the Plant Lover in Your Life? Shop Our Picks!

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Hey, LA! We’re Hosting a Workshop at The Sill

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Nourishing and Natural Hair Serum Recipe with Rosemary and Jojoba

If you only use shampoo and conditioner, or [gasp] shampoo alone as your...

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Hospital’s Rooftop Garden Provides 7000 Pounds of Organic Veggies a Year for Patients

High above the Boston Medical Center grows a bountiful organic vegetable garden that...

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Pizza pull-apart bread + a review of Food, Inc.

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Have you ever wondered what the flavor is in root beer? Or why...

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Chicago urban farm collective provides network for food security, social justice

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Explore Sprouting Crops at an Urban Farm on Randall’s Island

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The Best Mushrooms to Grow at Home for Beginners

If you have ever been intrigued by the idea of growing mushrooms in...

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Parsnip and fennel soup + a review of Shantaram

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Plant These Speedy Fall Vegetables for a Last Hurrah!

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Urban-Farming Camps Have Kids Asking, Where’s the Healthy Food?

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Vegan feast @ The Wild Fig

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Garden Design on a Budget

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Bees Voted Most Important Living Beings On Earth

After a hearing a passionate debate among a panel of international scientists over...

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Woodworking for Gardeners: Make a Handmade Flower Press

The best way to preserve the beauty of the garden is with a...

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Purple cabbage and potato soup + A Little Life Book Review

This soup happened because of 3 reasons. First, I bought a purple cabbage...

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This rose face cream recipe is made specifically to penetrate deeply and hydrate...

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Japanese pan fried pumpkin croquettes

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All About Alliums – Garden Therapy®

Alliums are wonderful, unique-looking plants that come in a ton of different varieties....

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Vanilla chestnut cookies with cranberries and candied pecans + a review of Twelve Years a Slave

Are you guys ready for the best cookies in all of the world?...

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Mindful Garden Watering: Balancing Water Use and Conservation

Garden watering is a meditative exercise that helps you focus on the needs...

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Easy Ideas for Making Homemade Candles as Gifts

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Mushroom spaghetti with roasted fennel and parsnip + a review of Stumbling on Happiness

This is a meal that was born out of (mostly) sad and forgotten...

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Home Candle Making Supplies and Resource Guide

Making candles at home is fun, easy, and safe, as long as you...

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Habitat gardens support native ecosystems

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Save the Harvest: How to Fix Blossom End Rot

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Flashback: The Copious Blooms of Copenhagen

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Farm Lot 59 Continues To Grow

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Calendula Summer Lotion Bars Recipe

Calendula is more than just a garden beauty; it also has a long-standing...

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Got dirt? Grow food cheaply.

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A Guide for Growing Figs in the Home Garden (and It’s So Worth It!)

Figs are one of my favorite fruits. Not only are they delicious, but...

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A Thrifted Straw Purse Planter for Summer

This straw purse planter exudes summer beauty when filled with brightly-hued annuals that...

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Quick Maturing Crops You Can Grow Almost ANYWHERE!

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Join the Newest Organic Gardening Group on Facebook!

➡️ JOIN our NEW FB GROUP!✅ “Urban Organic Gardeners” Post YOUR practical container gardening...

A Garden Green Smoothie For Glowing Skin
Garden Green Smoothie Recipe for Glowing Skin

This recipe has been sponsored by iHerb and Swisse who also provided me...

Homemade Foaming Hand Soap Recipe + a DIY Mason Jar Soap Dispenser
Homemade Foaming Hand Soap Recipe + a DIY Mason Jar Soap Dispenser

If you follow along on Garden Therapy you know that I scrapped the...

Someone burned beehives in Texas and killed more than half a million bees
Someone burned beehives in Texas and killed more than half a million bees

Police want to know who burned dozens of beehives in a town just...

Gartending: Refreshing Summer Herb Garden Cocktails
Gartending: Refreshing Summer Herb Garden Cocktails

Ah, summer. It’s the perfect time of year to relax outdoors with a...

The best sweet potato soup
The best sweet potato soup

I wasn’t planning on sharing ANOTHER soup recipe so soon. But then again,...

Create an Organized Home Apothecary
Create an Organized Home Apothecary

Choose Herbs That Meet Your Needs The most important place to begin with any...

Tips for Arranging Home-Grown Flowers
Tips for Arranging Home-Grown Flowers

Have you ever wanted to grow your own cut flower garden? Imagine a...

Hammered Flower Print Cards
Hammered Flower Print Cards

I love to send a little bit of my garden when sending a...

Cheesy fried polenta squares
Cheesy fried polenta squares

I LOVE polenta – either baked or fried or fresh with stew. If...

The Best Ever Sour Pickles Recipe
The Best Ever Deli-Style Sour Pickles Recipe. Ever. Seriously.

If you like old-fashioned fermented sour pickles then you will want to learn...

Eggplant and butter bean dip
Eggplant and butter bean dip

Who doesn’t love a good, rich, smooth spread that goes perfectly with a...

How to dry hydrangea flowers and retain their color
The Simple Way to Dry Hydrangea Flowers and Retain Their Color

Hydrangeas are a beautiful shrub with an old-fashioned appeal, yet they fit into...

When two Angelenos buy a farm—they make a must-see documentary about it
When two Angelenos buy a farm—they make a must-see documentary about it

Eight years ago, after they were evicted from their Santa Monica apartment, John...

The best vegan dhal
The best vegan dhal

Friends! Make. This. Dhal. Seriously tho, this is the most delicious dahl I have...

Aloe Vera After Sun Salve Recipe
After Sun Lotion Recipe

Even if you don’t have a sunburn, this after-sun salve recipe is a...

How to grow a butterfly garden
Attract Pretty Pollinators with an Irresistible Butterfly Garden

Butterflies are beautiful to watch flitting about the garden and they are essential...

Could dirt be the answer to treating PTSD?
Could dirt be the answer to treating PTSD?

A new study from the University of Colorado Boulder found a certain type of...

Zucchini mushroom soup
Zucchini mushroom soup

I never had zucchini soup until this year. Not sure why. I guess...

Worm Plunger Composting for Small Spaces
Worm Plunger: a Brilliant Solution for Small Garden Composting

If you have an urban garden, this small garden composting method will blow...

Insect Bite Roll On Remedy
Insect Bite Roll On Remedy

This insect bite roll on is great to have on hand when you least...

Grow A Garden All Year Long! Join the Seed Club TODAY!
Grow A Garden All Year Long! Join the Seed Club TODAY!

Welcome to the Club! UOG is a fully customized monthly garden club that...

Plants That Can Handle the Heat
Heat-Tolerant Plants that Love the Sun

With the intense August sun beating down, people aren’t the only ones feeling...

What Is Humus Soil? - Urban Organic Gardener
What Is Humus Soil? – Urban Organic Gardener

Humus is the blood, the life of your garden soil. Every gardener’s primary...

Hey, LA! We're Hosting a Workshop at The Sill
Hey, LA! We’re Hosting a Workshop at The Sill

Got houseplants? Wanna put them together in a fun way? Over a glass...

Heavenly Coconut Oil Sugar Scrub
Heavenly Coconut Oil Sugar Scrub

This coconut oil sugar scrub is like a little slice of heaven for...

Little Free Libraries and Tiny Sheds
Building Community with Little Free Libraries and Tiny Sheds

Little free libraries and tiny sheds are colourful community structures created to foster...

Garlic Scape Pesto Recipe
Garlic Scape Pesto Recipe: Grow it! Eat it!

There are a number of edibles that gardeners eat plenty of, but that...

Pruning 101 How to Prune Like a Pro
Learn How to Prune like a Pro! Pruning 101

Pruning is a fun garden task but it can be daunting to get...

Lavender and Marshmallow Root Homemade Conditioner Recipe for Dry Hair
Lavender + Marshmallow Root Homemade Conditioner for Dry Hair

This sweet-sounding concoction is not a confection; it’s an herbal recipe for soft...

Apple and blueberry porridge
Apple and blueberry porridge

I have been so happy these past few weeks! I am finally having...

Cedar Outdoor Dining Table with Planter Insert + Building Plans
Cedar Outdoor Dining Table with Planter Insert + Building Plans

Having just the right furniture for a small space can make all the...

Ethiopian lentil stew with Magimix Cook Expert
Ethiopian lentil stew with Magimix Cook Expert

I am so happy I finally had time to make this dish. I...

6 Ways to Make DIY Stepping Stones
Forge Your Own Path: 6 Ways to Make DIY Concrete Stepping Stones

Making your own DIY concrete stepping stones is a way to create functional...

Lemon Balm Cold Process Soap Recipe
Lovely Lemon Balm Soap (Cold Process Recipe)

This lemon balm soap recipe is soft and rich from the high percentage...

And Just Like That, We Are Officially Landowners
And Just Like That, We Are Officially Landowners

In other big news (the first being baby number two, which you can...

Garden Play_ Engaging Children in Nature Through a Sensory Garden
Garden Play: Using the Senses to Engage Kids in the Garden

Regardless of the differences in background, attitude, or experience, garden play is great...

Broccoli and herbs vegan quiche
Broccoli and herbs vegan quiche

I made this gorgeous vegan quiche for a work-family picnic and it was...

10 gorgeous fragrant flowers for your garden that smell heavenly
10 Fragrant Flowers For a Heavenly Smelling Garden

The garden experience can reach all of the senses, but my favorite is...

66 Inspired small gardens for houses and apartments
66 Inspired small gardens for houses and apartments

Many people have the desire to own a green area in their residence,...

Peony Bath Salts Recipe
Pretty Pink Peony Bath Salts Recipe

The beauty of peonies doesn’t have to be seasonal. While gorgeous garden peonies...

EPA blocks a dozen products containing pesticides thought harmful to bees
EPA blocks a dozen products containing pesticides thought harmful to bees

The Environmental Protection Agency is pulling from the market a dozen products containing...

Mothers of Nature: Women Who Shaped Today’s Gardens
Grow True Blue Garden Plants with Blue Flowers, Foliage, and Fruit

I’m taken with the idea of a monochromatic garden these days. Combine that with...

View of garden with Redbor & Lacinato kale in a colorful vegetable garden design plan
Design a Rainbow Vegetable Garden with a Cornucopia of Colourful Plants

The time has come to put your vegetable garden at the front and...

Should Children Be Taught How To Grow Food As Part of Their Schooling?
Should Children Be Taught How To Grow Food As Part of Their Schooling?

If you are a parent, you should probably think about one good question:...

Perfect Peonies How to Grow, Harvest, and Dry Garden Peonies
Perfect Peonies: How to Grow, Harvest, and Show Off Garden Peonies

Pretty peonies are the quintessential romance flower. They come by their popularity as...

Creamy cauliflower soup with fresh herbs and Magimix Cook Expert review
Creamy cauliflower soup with fresh herbs and Magimix Cook Expert review

I just made a new BFF. If you’ve been around this blog for...

A Beautiful Way to Catch Runoff: How to Build a Dry Stream
A Beautiful Way to Catch Runoff: How to Build a Dry Stream

There are plenty of great ways to incorporate water into the garden, whether...

How to Grow Tomatoes in Pots Like a Gardening Pro
How to Grow Tomatoes in Pots Like a Gardening Pro

Tomatoes are the holy grail of gardens. Who can resist all those sweet,...

Sunscreen Lip Balm Recipe because lips get sunburns too
Sunscreen Lip Balm Recipe

Before you head out in the sun, do you cover your skin with...

Iron rich green smoothie {vegan & delicious}
Iron rich green smoothie {vegan & delicious}

A lot of us would probably struggle with low iron levels at some...

Check out this DREAM tiny house with an attached GREENHOUSE!
Check out this DREAM tiny house with an attached GREENHOUSE!

Here’s an attractive modern home built by Olive Nest Tiny Homes, nicknamed The...

DIY Beaded Suncatcher Mobile
Beaded Suncatcher Mobile

Whether you want to catch the golden rays of the sun or just...

‘Farm from a Box’: The Best Solution for Off-Grid Farming
‘Farm from a Box’: The Best Solution for Off-Grid Farming

“Based on extensive field research, we found that rural communities often lack the...

Dandelion + Wildflower Cold Process Soap Recipe
Dandelion + Wildflower Soap (Cold Process Recipe)

This wildflower soap reminds me of walking through meadow flowers. It’s natural and...

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Safe Gardening with Dogs and Cats: Common Garden Plants Poisonous to Pets

Do you like to garden with pets? Dogs and cats can be great...

Tomato Growing 101: 10 Tips for a Successful Harvest
Tomato Growing 101: 10 Tips for a Successful Harvest

If you’re planning to grow a summer garden, you’re most likely going to...

Roasted fennel salad with roasted apricots and pecans
Roasted fennel salad with roasted apricots and pecans

I didn’t always love fennel. Truth be told, the first time I tried...

What Everyone Needs to Know About Ticks and Lyme Disease Prevention
What Everyone Needs to Know About Ticks and Lyme Disease Prevention

I always thought of ticks as bugs that would drop out of tall...

How to grow, dry, and use calendula
More Than Just a Garden Beauty: How to Dry, Use, and Grow Calendula

There are a lot of great reasons to grow Calendula. In addition to...

The Best Cutting Flowers to Grow and Harvest from Your Garden
The Best Cutting Flowers + Growing & Harvesting Tips

The act of growing flowers is therapeutic and it beautifies your space while...

How to Do a Soil pH Test at Home
How to Do a Soil pH Test at Home

It’s no secret that soil is the most important part of the garden....

DIY urban gardening hacks for small spaces
DIY urban gardening hacks for small spaces

Small gardens are often seen as having little or no scope for design....

All-Natural Rose and Lavender Spray Deodorant Recipe
All-Natural Rose and Lavender Spray Deodorant Recipe

This rose and lavender spray deodorant recipe will make you smell like a...

Happy New Year from Garden Betty
Happy New Year from Garden Betty

Hello, friends! It’s been a few weeks, but I have to say I...

How Deep Are the Roots of Garden Vegetables?
How Deep Are the Roots of Garden Vegetables?

What’s the secret to growing a healthy, vigorous plant this season? Hint: It doesn’t...

Fresh Herb Quinoa Tabbouleh recipe
Quinoa Tabbouleh: a Beautiful Fresh Herb Salad

Garden herbs are the star in this fresh and tasty take on Tabbouleh made with quinoa...

10 Effective Ways To Protect Your Garden From Birds
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...

8 Easy Ways to Support Your Favorite Author
8 Easy Ways to Support Your Favorite Author

Perhaps the sweetest moment of an author’s life (aside from the second we...

Monsanto asks court to overturn $78.5 million damage award for Bay Area groundskeeper
Monsanto asks court to overturn $78.5 million damage award for Bay Area groundskeeper

Photo: Josh Edelson / Associated Press 2018 Monsanto Co. asked a state appeals court...

Pickled Radishes
Pickled Radishes

There just aren’t enough recipes with radishes. They are just about the most...

Infused Strawberry Vinegar Recipe for Delicious Salads + Improved Digestion
Infused Strawberry Vinegar Recipe for Delicious Salads + Improved Digestion

Make a infused strawberry vinegar for a delicious and fresh salad dressing that...

Strawberry Wreath
Berrylicious Living Strawberry Wreath – Garden Therapy®

Shiny, bright red strawberries are not only a delicious treat but they are...

Hydrogen Peroxide For Plants: How To Use (H2O2) In The Garden
Hydrogen Peroxide For Plants: How To Use (H2O2) In The Garden

Everyone is familiar with hydrogen peroxide uses as a topical antiseptic and a...

How About This Self-Sufficient Garden Pool Farm?
How About This Self-Sufficient Garden Pool Farm?

When Dennis and Danielle McClung bought a foreclosed home in Mesa, Ariz., in...

Starting Veggie Seeds: Soil Temperature is Key!
The Secrets to High-Yield Vegetable Gardening in Small Spaces

There are plenty of vegetable crops that can be grown in containers and...

8 Easy Ways to Support Your Favorite Author
8 Easy Ways to Support Your Favorite Author

Perhaps the sweetest moment of an author’s life (aside from the second we...

Lemon Balm Lip Balm for Cold Sores
Lemon Balm Lip Balm for Cold Sores

Lemon balm is the herb for little red spots. It may be lemon...

It might be time to let your garden grow wild
It might be time to let your garden grow wild

Think of a formal yard or garden, and you likely envision rows of...

Natural Pest Control Attracting Beneficial Insects to Your Garden
Natural Pest Control: Attracting Beneficial Insects to Your Garden

Last year my husband came home panicking about the ‘bugs’ all over our...

Philly’s urban farming plan could include hundreds, possibly thousands, of vacant lots
Philly’s urban farming plan could include hundreds, possibly thousands, of vacant lots

Those are just a few examples of Philadelphia’s thriving urban farm and garden...

Herbal Dog Shampoo with rosemary, peppermint, lavender and calendula
Homemade Herbal Flea-Repelling Dog Shampoo

This homemade herbal dog shampoo not only leaves your puppy with a herb-fresh...

The 7 Best Perennials for Shade Gardens
The 7 Best Perennials for Shade Gardens

Many of us have at least a section of garden that is shady...

Florida Lifts Ban on Front-Yard Vegetable Gardens
Florida Lifts Ban on Front-Yard Vegetable Gardens

Credit: Todd Anderson New York Times, Orlando couple will now be able to...

The Essential Guide to Growing Hostas, the Shade Garden Beauty
The Essential Guide to Growing Hostas, the Shade Garden Beauty

If you are looking for an easy care plant that brightens up the...

How to Host a Backyard Plant Sale
Can Your Green Thumb Turn into Green? Tips from a Plant Sale Pro

Have you ever wondered if you could start your own plant sale business?...

Spaghetti squash pasta with mushrooms and roasted cauliflower
Spaghetti squash pasta with mushrooms and roasted cauliflower

I finally got a chance to cook with spaghetti squash! And I LOVED...

Dandelion Flower Herbal Oil Using the Cold-Infusion Method
Dandelion Flower Herbal Oil Using the Cold-Infusion Method

Whether you see dandelions as lawn invaders or wildflowers, I’m sure that by...

Portland’s ban on synthetic pesticides goes into effect
Portland’s ban on synthetic pesticides goes into effect

As snowbanks recede and temperatures inch higher, Mainers’ minds will inevitably turn to...

Unique Fruit Varieties to Grow in Your Garden
Unique Edible Fruit Plants You Need to Grow in Your Garden

You Can’t Buy THESE at the Grocery Store! Learn about some unique edible...

Gardening for just 10 minutes a week can cut risk of death, study suggests
Gardening for just 10 minutes a week can cut risk of death, study suggests

Walking or gardening for just 10 minutes per week could cut the risk...

How to Grow Heat-Loving Vegetables from Seed
How to Grow Heat-Loving Vegetables from Seed

Heat-loving vegetables need warm soil in order to germinate, which means starting them...

Warming Turmeric and Cayenne Pain Relief Balm
Warming Turmeric and Cayenne Pain-Relief Balm

This recipe has been sponsored by iHerb and Nature’s Way who also provided me with the ingredients...

Secrets of Companion Planting + Popular Planting Combinations
Secrets of Companion Planting + Popular Planting Combinations

Did you know that tomatoes hate cucumbers? While they might taste great together in...

Life-Saving Plants: Plant-Derived Modern Medicine
Life-Saving Plants: Plant-Derived Modern Medicine

Plants have an age-old history of use as medicine. In fact, plants were...

Sea Sponge Soap Bars
Bring the Ocean into Your Bathtub with Handmade Sea Sponge Soap Bars

Organic-looking handmade soap topped with natural sea sponges makes for a gorgeous soap...

Moss terrarium gardens photo by Alcides Aguasvives
Creating a Moss Terrarium Garden for Gorgeous Green Indoor Decor

This project will take you through the steps to make a beautiful and...

Wild Violet Simple Syrup Recipe
A Sweet Spring Cocktail, Made with…Weeds? Wild Violet Simple Syrup

Spring is made even sweeter with the emergence of delicate purple violets, dotting...

Of course this gardener is ‘getting ready for spring.’ He never stopped.
Of course this gardener is ‘getting ready for spring.’ He never stopped.

Spring is the short, simple title we give to the complex and drawn-out...

Witch Hazel Skin Soother Recipe
Homemade Witch Hazel Toner + Skin Soother from Scratch

If you love using a witch hazel toner to freshen up you face,...

Simple and Energizing Rosemary + Spearmint Sugar Scrub Recipe
Simple and Energizing Rosemary + Spearmint Sugar Scrub Recipe

Looking for a way to perk yourself up in the morning before you...

A Lush Urban Garden or Senior Citizen Housing: Which Would You Choose?
A Lush Urban Garden or Senior Citizen Housing: Which Would You Choose?

The Elizabeth Street Garden’s paved paths meander around a granite balustrade from the...

How to ESPALIER small trees to grow fruit in a small space
The Art of Espalier: Growing Fruit Trees in Small Spaces

Growing espalier fruit trees in the home garden is a wonderful way to...

How urban agriculture could improve food security in U.S. cities
How urban agriculture could improve food security in U.S. cities

During the partial federal shutdown in December and January, news reports showed furloughed...

Honey Rosemary Roasted Root Vegetables
Gorgeous Lavender Oatmeal Soap Cupcakes (That Anyone Can Make)

This lavender oatmeal soap is soothing and calming for your skin. And any...

Mothers of Nature: Women Who Shaped Today’s Gardens
Mothers of Nature: Women Who Shaped Today’s Gardens

Many of the garden designs and community garden initiatives that we take part...

5 minute Korean noodle bowl
5 minute Korean noodle bowl

What to cook when you don’t have time to cook at all but...

How to Grow Lavender
The Essential Guide to Growing Lavender

It seems like as soon as summer hits everybody starts talking about growing...

Rosemary Hair Care Recipes
Rosemary Hair Care Recipes: Homemade Dry Shampoo, Natural Conditioner, and Healthy Hair Serum

This post is sponsored by iHerb who also provided me with all the...

Pet-Friendly Indoor Gardening - Urban Organic Gardener
Pet-Friendly Indoor Gardening – Urban Organic Gardener

Houseplants make a wonderful addition to our home’s décor and improve the indoor...

how to make newspaper pots
VIDEO: How to Make Newspaper Seedling Pots

Newspaper seedling pots are useful, inexpensive little containers that can be easily made...

Glazed beets with fresh herbs
Glazed beets with fresh herbs

This beautiful, simple recipe is one of my go to dishes for beetroot....

Forcing Flowering Branches to Bloom Indoors
Forcing Flowering Branches to Bloom Indoors

“Forcing” flowering branches is the term used for bringing plants indoors to bloom. The...

Urban Roots celebrating 50th anniversary
Urban Roots celebrating 50th anniversary

East Side youth nonprofit Urban Roots will spend 2019 celebrating its 50th anniversary. The...

Three Ways to Make Herbal Oils for Natural Beauty Recipes
Three Ways to Make Herbal Oils for Natural Beauty Recipes

Infusing oil with herbs is a great way to add color, scent, and...

Common Garden Herbs for a Skin Care Apothecary
Common Garden Herbs for a Skin Care Apothecary

Healing herbs and gorgeous flower petals make wonderful ingredients in natural skin care...

Vertical Herb Garden Ideas from Vertical Vegetables
Clever Vertical Herb Gardens That Will Grow a LOT of Herbs in a Small Space!

No more excuses! If you’ve always wanted an herb garden but thought you...

What are soil contaminants—and how did soil get contaminated?
What are soil contaminants—and how did soil get contaminated?

Newswise — Feb. 18, 2019 – Soil is all around us, in cities...

Ultra Healing Peppermint Foot Balm for Dry Cracked Heels
Homemade Peppermint Healing Foot Balm that Cools + Soothes Sore Feet

Can we talk about feet for a moment? As a gardener my feet...

How to Revive a Sick Air Plant
How to Revive a Sick Air Plant

If your air plant is looking dull, a bit brown, maybe limp, it...

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Grow a Healing Herbal Tea Garden

It can be quite satisfying to sit down to drink a freshly-steeped cup...

On rooftops and in tunnels, city farms lead food revolution
On rooftops and in tunnels, city farms lead food revolution

Only the Northern line tube trains rumbling through tunnels overhead provide any clue...

Coffee Bean Massage Bars Recipe
Coffee Bean Massage Bars Recipe

Solid massage bars are a great way to soften skin without the mess...

How a low-income Louisville neighborhood became a fresh food oasis
How a low-income Louisville neighborhood became a fresh food oasis

In Louisville’s Hazelwood neighborhood, where a third of the residents live in poverty,...

15-Minute Meditation Make a Mandala with Plants
Mandala Meditation Practice with Plants: Creating Sanctary

Practice mindfulness by engaging in a mandala meditation using found plants chosen for...

*The BEST* Cauliflower open burger with chipotle mayo
*The BEST* Cauliflower open burger with chipotle mayo

Happy to share this burger and grateful to Humble Ingredients for letting me...

Easy, Nutritious, and Yummy: Three Ways to Grow Sprouts
Easy, Nutritious, and Yummy: Three Ways to Grow Sprouts

Homegrown sprouts will ruin store-bought sprouts for you forever. You may think the...

Rose Petal Bath Bombs
Romancing the Bath with Rose Petal Bath Bombs

Roses are a symbol of love and beauty, and while some people may...

The No-Brainer Guide to Starting Seeds Indoors
The No-Brainer Guide to Starting Seeds Indoors

Exactly as the title says — this is an easy and foolproof guide...

Hand Painted Market Tote Bag that
Make a Bright & Happy Hand-Painted Market Tote Bag (That’s Washable!)

Market bag, lunch bag, knitting bag, beach bag, travel bag—it doesn’t matter what...

DIY Fungi – Interview: William Padilla-Brown
DIY Fungi – Interview: William Padilla-Brown

Not long into our conversation at his lab based in Lemoyne, I decide...

How to Use Days to Maturity on a Seed Packet to Help You Be a Better Gardener
How to Use Days to Maturity on a Seed Packet to Help You Be a Better Gardener

I remember the first time I bought seeds for my garden. They were...

Art in the Garden North Vancouver 2018 Festival Floral Paintings
Famous Painters and the Gardens That Inspired Them

Gardens really are works of art. The gardener takes into account color, texture,...

Summer tomato salad with avocado and pecans
Summer tomato salad with avocado and pecans

Let me introduce you to what I think is the most delicious tomato...

Succulent Zen Garden
Find Peace of Mind in a Mini Succulent Zen Garden

Tap into your inner bliss and capture the intimate essence of nature by...

Pan seared radish with sweet peas and red rice
Pan seared radish with sweet peas and red rice

I cooked radish greens for the first time in my life and it...

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Let’s Connect at the Northwest Flower and Garden Festival!

I’m finishing up the plans for my trip to the Northwest Flower and...

Hello, Marimo. - Garden Therapy
Hello, Marimo. – Garden Therapy

Do you know Marimo? Roundish, green, and mossy—this unique indoor plant is full...

A Window Opens: Get the Box + Trellis...Inspired by the Book!
A Window Opens: Get the Box + Trellis…Inspired by the Book!

When we first set out to write How to Window Box, we wanted...

Starting Veggie Seeds: Soil Temperature is Key!
Starting Veggie Seeds: Soil Temperature is Key!

One of the most rewarding ways to grow your own vegetables is to...

A LOOK INSIDE RINO’S ROOFTOP URBAN FARM
A LOOK INSIDE RINO’S ROOFTOP URBAN FARM

If you’ve recently walked down Lawrence Street in RiNo,  you have probably have...

Witch Hazel Growing Guide and Herbal Preparation
Wonderful Witch Hazel: a Gorgeous Garden Ornamental with Healing Skincare Properties

Do you grow witch hazel? It is a beautiful ornamental in the home...

How some home truths can help save the planet
How some home truths can help save the planet

The garden is one of the keys to solving the two greatest problems...

Stuffed gem squash with sweet potato and red rice