Sustainable food system

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    Use Branches to Add Color to a Container

    At Chanticleer, a public garden near Philadelphia, my main job as a horticulturist is to help create and maintain the innovative plantings that have made the garden famous. But members…

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    Is Square Foot Gardening a Good System?

    I am not here to bash square foot gardening (SFG). Any system that has been encouraging people to grow their own food for the past 40 years should be applauded.…

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    Basics of Square Foot Gardening

    While in general, our experts do not recommend square foot gardening, there are some redeeming qualities to this method. Learn the basics of square foot gardening as well as some…

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    How to Grow Strawberries in Less Space

    How much space do you think it takes to grow strawberries? If you’re picturing tractor-tended farm rows or a big, weedy backyard patch, you might assume you don’t have room…

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    How to Grow Potatoes in a Tower

    Potatoes are versatile, delicious, and rich in vitamins. And if you’re able to grow them successfully, the harvest can keep for the entire winter (something not even tasty tomatoes can…

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    A Garden That Plants Itself

    The Garden in a Nutshell USDA Hardiness Zone: 5 Light: Full sun Soil: Clay loam amended each year with compost and manure Maintenance level: Medium Biggest challenge: Staying on top…

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    Finding Space for Veggies in a Small Yard

    Lately, there seems to be a lot of farmer envy in the gardening world. The recent locavore (eat locally grown food) trend, food-contamination scares, and the high price of produce…

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    Give Your Roses Tough Love

    Mention the word “rose” and most gardeners instantly think of fussy plants needing constant coddling, chemical treatments, and a completely separate area of the garden. If you like the formal…