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Experts: Urban Gardening Is Safe, Healthy And Eco-friendly

September 22, 2010 by  

Experts: Urban gardening is safe, healthy and eco-friendlyIn these uncertain economic times, many Americans are contemplating urban agriculture as a way to boost their self-sufficiency and prepare for disasters such as hyperinflation. Raising animals is one way to do this, but some people have also chosen to grow food plants. 

Besides improving a family's preparedness, urban gardening also carries numerous immediate benefits, including providing fresh and organic produce free of toxic pesticides for everyday consumption.

There is a range of plants that can be easily grown in one's backyard or on a patio or balcony including tomatoes, legumes, green beans, peppers and mesclun greens such as celery, arugula, mizuna and kale. Flavor-enhancing herbs are also good candidates for urban homesteading.

There are many resources that can guide prospective urban gardeners through questions regarding the proper amount of water, light and type of soil that specific plants require.

According to UrbanGardeningHelp.com, finding a good place to grow plants — as a general rule, it should have at least 6 hours of sunlight a day — is the first step. It is also important to select plants based on the location where they will be grown so that shallow-rooting plants that require only around 6 inches of soil are planted in containers, while longer-rooted, such as tomatoes, are planted in the ground.

The source says that "if you create the correct conditions for healthy plants, you'll be well on your way to enjoying fresh fruits and veggies from your own garden and reducing our impact on the environment." 

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  • dan az

    Where I live I grow a pretty big garden where I have my chickens and pegs housed so as to use the fertilizer they produce to help my garden.The sun light hours here are 10 hours a day so it dosent take long to produce way to much veggies for me so I give them to all how want them.I found that if you catch the rain water off the roof and use it instead of ground water they grow trice as fast being distilled rather than high mineral content which stunts their growth!

  • s c

    Do it, people. God knows that Uncle Scam won’t lower himself to help you grow (or have) your own food. Home-grown food tastes better, and as long as you don’t rely on nasty chemicals and false science, your food will be more nutritious.
    Let Uncle Scam grow his own ^@$#*! food. I can’t wait to lear how he can turn dirt into prime rib – and then give it away to those who refuse to do anything to deserve it.

  • THINK ABOUT

    Looks like Michele is on track to leading us in the right direction with planting a garden. We are furnished sunlight and enviroment to produce and this is free of charge. We also need to take advantage of the sun and wind to harvest green energy, it is produce free of charge, just need to harvest.

    • eddie47d

      Nothing wrong with getting down and dirty! Good exercise and sunshine is an added bonus.

    • 45caliber

      Think about:

      If you take care of it the way you need to do … it isn’t free. But it is worth the cost.

  • J.M.R.

    i would rather raise my own that way i pick them when their ripe and i can enjoy eating them,that crap you buy in the stores are not ripe most of the time. fruit is suppose to be be sweet not sour or bitter. apples would make make better baseballs. as a kid when i stayed with grandpa in the summer i had whole milk real butter homemade bread canned fruits veggies home grown beef,pork,chicken eggs which we took home as i lived in the city was healthy unlike the commies say this kind of food is bad for you.

  • Roxanne Christensen

    People can also generate significant income by becoming professional farmers. A free calculator that shows how much farm income can be made from backyards and neighborhood lots is available at the SPIN-Framing website – spinfarming.com/free

  • http://gmail i41

    think a bit, Big Mamee had the staff and lawn crew do the phony garden thing, just like government agency door knobs always do.. If that female who is big enough to rope off of, got her rear in gear she might lose some weight and not be worring about everyone else. You cann’t garden if you are traveling and being gone all the time. Same goes for raising livestock, they require feed, water, care and someone keeping an eye on them. Typical of the airy fairy b–l s–t idoits, of the just let the organism live and grow, or you plant the seeds and vola. there is produce, it takes weeding, watering, insect control, wildlife control, and a lot of good honest work, which beats the hell out of a structure gym. The main thing everyone forget is towns and cities have restrictions what you can do with your property, even if you own the land. Some cities you cann’t garden or even have a clothes line, somemore of the elitist refined crap. Several states now the county and area boards will make you permit what you raise and even if it is one. The only state I know where FFA and Vo=Ag students have not a problem is Wyo. What dic-weed group have been promoting the zoning and community control issues, the socialist democrat party. It got a real boost in the 70′s from the hippies and the vegan idoits, of wanting animals to run a frolic with out a care. If you think I’m blowing smoke Onumnutts is trying to take all private land away and put it under federal agency control. Go check out land protection zones and for every farmland prperty. It is controlled by the government approved standrads and needs USDA approved methods for eternity, most pus brains that think the property will be run as they did or as earlier owners did, dream on, just another BS way of getting control. Same goes for decades of CRP idle grounf contracts, you just signed your control away, dumb asses. What age brracket signed up and are signing up for another decade, 45-80 yeart olds, free money and life of sitting on your rear and vactioning with golf. Just following Ol purple lips lead, plenty of taxpayers money, no work, vacationing at all time, and no competion to do something. You clowns may want to garden and raise livestock, if you can find the land with now convenents, government impedements, or county boards you had better jump on it like white on rice, all over it becasue it will not last long.

  • coal miner

    Conservative:

    How Conservatives wives should treat their husbands.

    When women getting older;they get uglier and set around watching soaps and need to get out of the house and find work.Somebody has to pay the bills,you got to remmber we are retired and we work hard all of our lives. It is not our fault.Extra income comes in handy.My quote for a day.A perfect house wife;she is good in the kitchen,twice as good in bed room,not enough brains to start an argument.

    It is important for men to remember that as women grow older it becomes
    harder for them to maintain the same quality of housekeeping they did
    when they were younger. When men notice this, they should try not to
    yell. Let me relate how I handle the situation.

    When I chucked my job and took early retirement a year ago, it became
    necessary for Nancy to get a full-time job both for extra income and for
    health insurance benefits that we need. She was a trained lab tech when
    we met thirty some years ago and was fortunate to land a job at the
    local medical center.

    It was shortly after she started working at this job that I noticed that
    she was beginning to show her age. I usually get home from fishing or
    hunting about the same time she gets home from work. Although she knows
    how hungry I am, she almost always says that she has to rest for half an
    hour or so before she starts supper. I try not to yell at her when this
    happens. Instead, I tell her to take her time. I understand that she is
    not as young as she used to be. I just tell her to wake me when she
    finally does get supper on the table.

    She used to wash and dry the dishes as soon as we finished eating. It
    is now not unusual for them to sit on the table for several hours after
    supper. I do what I can by reminding her several times each evening that
    they aren’t cleaning themselves. I know she appreciates this, as it does
    seem to help her get them done before she goes to bed.

    Our washer and dryer are in the basement. When she was younger, Nancy
    used to be able to go up and down the stairs all day and not get tired.
    Now that she is older she seems to get tired so much more quickly.
    Sometimes she says she just can’t make another trip down those steps. I
    don’t make a big issue of this. As long as she finishes up the laundry
    the next evening I am willing to overlook it. Not only that, but unless
    I need something ironed to wear to the Monday’s lodge meeting or to
    Wednesday’s or Saturday’s poker club or to Tuesday’s or Thursday’s
    bowling or something like that, I will tell her to wait until the next
    evening to do the ironing. This gives her a little more time to do some
    of those odds and ends things like shampooing the dog, vacuuming, or
    dusting.

    Also, if I have had a really good day fishing, this allows her to gut
    and scale the fish as a more leisurely pace. Nancy is starting to
    complain a little occasionally. Not often, mind you, but just enough
    for me to notice. For example, she will say that it is difficult for her
    to find time to pay the monthly bills during her lunch hour. In spite
    of her complaining, I continue to try to offer encouragement. I tell
    her to stretch it out over two or even three days. That way she won’t
    have to rush so much. I also remind her that missing lunch completely
    now and then wouldn’t hurt her any, if you know what I mean.

    When doing simple jobs she seems to think she needs more rest periods
    than she used to have to take. A couple of weeks ago she said she had
    to take a break when she was only half finished mowing the yard.

    I overlook comments like these because I realize it’s just age talking.
    In fact, I try to not embarrass her when she needs these little extra
    rest breaks. I tell her to fix herself a nice, big, cold glass of
    freshly squeezed lemonade and just sit for a while. I tell her that as
    long as she is making one for herself, she may as well make one for me
    and take her break by the hammock so she can talk with me until I fall
    asleep.

    I could go on and on, but I think you know where I’m coming from.

    I know that I probably look like a saint in the way I support Nancy on a
    daily basis. I’m not saying that the ability to show this much
    consideration is easy. Many men will find it difficult. Some will find
    it impossible. No one knows better than I do how frustrating women can
    become as they get older. My purpose in writing this is simply to
    suggest that you make the effort. I realize that achieving the
    exemplary level of showing consideration I have attained is out of reach
    for the average man. However guys, even if you just yell at your wife
    a little less often because of this article, I will consider that
    writing it was worthwhile.

    NOTE: This article was found next to the author’s body. The cause of
    death is still under investigation

    The Reich-Wing Republican Joke Page

    • 45caliber

      coal miner:

      The perfect housewife: A workhorse around the house, a chef in the kitchen and a wh*re in bed.

    • Lizitiz

      Single Mom replying here, an “old” 52 yrs of age, making $100,000 + a year at an oil refinery, and no husband to tell me when to do the housework. My house is not always as neat as a pin, but the peace is wonderful. May consider marrying if the prospective husband loves God and is not a nag! Blessings! :D

  • 45caliber

    Raising animals for food is one way to make yourself less dependable on stores but … in most urban places it isn’t possible. I think the author should have noted this.

    • http://?? Joe H.

      45caliber,
      I wouldn’t want to be in your shoes or sheets if your wife sees this post of yours!!!!

      • 45caliber

        She hears it all the time.

        • http://?? Joe H.

          45caliber,
          Then I bet you do as well!!! LOL!

  • http://gmail i41

    It must have been a socialist dumbocrat, always depending on everyone else to do the work and pay for every dream vaction and give idoits walk about funds. To lazy steal and to do something honest and productive for themselves. will not do anything useful, but fish, probably golf and just generally be a f–king slug. Since the puke was always waiting with his greasy mitt out for more gimmees. Your bride is diffently a conservative, she keeps working and one day will come unhindged and show that she has had enough of your liberal veiws lazy behavior.

  • coal miner

    A conservative view:

    Though I am conservative (mostly) myself, I found this humorous. Besides, everyone has to laugh at themselves!

    Things you have to believe to be a Republican today…

    Jesus loves you, and shares your hatred of homosexuals and Hilary Clinton.
    Saddam was a good guy when Regan armed him, a bad guy when Bush’s daddy made war on him, a good guy when Cheney did business with him, and a bad guy when Bush needed a “we can’t find Bin Laden” diversion.

    Trade with Cuba is wrong because the country is Communist, but trade with China and Vietnam is vital to a spirit of international harmony.

    The United States should get out of the United Nations, and our highest national priority is enforcing U.N. resolutions against Iraq.

    A woman can’t be trusted with decisions about her own body, but multi-national corporations can make decisions affecting all mankind without regulation.

    The best way to improve military morale is to praise the troops in speeches, while slashing veterans’ benefits and combat pay.

    If condoms are kept out of schools, adolescents won’t have sex.

    A good way to fight terrorism is to belittle our long-time allies, then demand their cooperation and money.

    Providing health care to all Iraqis is sound policy, but providing health care to all Americans is socialism.

    HMOs and insurance companies have the best interests of the public at heart.

    Global warming and tobacco’s link to caner are junk science, but creationism should be taught in schools.

    A president lying about an extramarital affair is an impeachable offense, but a president lying to enlist support for a war in which thousands die is solid defense policy.

    Government should limit itself to powers named in the Constitution, which include banning gay marriages and censoring the internet.

    The public has a right to know about Hillary’s cattle trades, but George Bush’s driving record is none of our business.

    Being a drug addict is a moral failing and a crime, unless you’re a conservative radio host. Then it’s an illness and you need our prayers for your recovery.

    You support states’ rights, but the Attorney General can tell states what local voter initiatives they have the right to adopt.

    What Bill Clinton did in the 1960s is of vital national interest, but what Bush did in the ‘80s is irrelevant.

    • eddie47d

      Play nice Coal Miner and don’t upset the Republicans. They will deny everything and even add more spin to their hand in the cookie jar.

    • http://?? Joe H.

      coal dung,
      I suggest you check out what Clintoon did to the vets, servicemen, and vets hospitals!!!

  • coal miner

    Though I am conservative (mostly) myself, I found this humorous. Besides, everyone has to laugh at themselves!

    Things you have to believe to be a Republican today…

    Jesus loves you, and shares your hatred of homosexuals and Hilary Clinton.
    Saddam was a good guy when Regan armed him, a bad guy when Bush’s daddy made war on him, a good guy when Cheney did business with him, and a bad guy when Bush needed a “we can’t find Bin Laden” diversion.

    Trade with Cuba is wrong because the country is Communist, but trade with China and Vietnam is vital to a spirit of international harmony.

    The United States should get out of the United Nations, and our highest national priority is enforcing U.N. resolutions against Iraq.

    A woman can’t be trusted with decisions about her own body, but multi-national corporations can make decisions affecting all mankind without regulation.

    The best way to improve military morale is to praise the troops in speeches, while slashing veterans’ benefits and combat pay.

    If condoms are kept out of schools, adolescents won’t have sex.

    A good way to fight terrorism is to belittle our long-time allies, then demand their cooperation and money.

    Providing health care to all Iraqis is sound policy, but providing health care to all Americans is socialism.

    HMOs and insurance companies have the best interests of the public at heart.

    Global warming and tobacco’s link to caner are junk science, but creationism should be taught in schools.

    A president lying about an extramarital affair is an impeachable offense, but a president lying to enlist support for a war in which thousands die is solid defense policy.

    Government should limit itself to powers named in the Constitution, which include banning gay marriages and censoring the internet.

    The public has a right to know about Hillary’s cattle trades, but George Bush’s driving record is none of our business.

    Being a drug addict is a moral failing and a crime, unless you’re a conservative radio host. Then it’s an illness and you need our prayers for your recovery.

    You support states’ rights, but the Attorney General can tell states what local voter initiatives they have the right to adopt.

    What Bill Clinton did in the 1960s is of vital national interest, but what Bush did in the ‘80s is irrelevant.

    • http://?? Joe H.

      coal crapper,
      your idiocy is equalled only by your inability to see clearly!!!

      • coal miner

        JoeH,

        What Rush Limpballs said about conservatives.HA ha Ha

        open.salon.com/blog/the_desperate…

      • http://?? Joe H.

        coal dung,
        Limpballs??? Do you mean Bawney Fwanks???? A little confused, are you???

  • http://gmail i41

    I don’t remember GW living in Russia and having close contact with the KGB. Bushes driving was in the USA. Also the present AG needs a fair treatment be given on thug voter intmadation smucks, unless they are muslim Black Panthers with clubs, it is just their color that gives them a pass. Or if you are a Kennedy, you could drive drunk and kill someone and walk, or be driving drunk and get in a fender bender with a hooker, but he was going to vote in his mind. Of course Whorehound had multi rapes, owned a part of a plane and flew in drugs and got away as a govonor, used the State Police and Secret Service as his personal pimps. Congress approved the same info as GW seen, The smuck State Department of life long liberals didn’t track planes flying and trucks moving material to the Bakka Valley. HMO’s were the dream land crap of liberals, costs for insurance companies go up with liberals like John Edwards, suing for hang nails and who are the democraps biggest fund givers. Doctors and medical groups must buy into and do unnessary tests to CYA. Medical costs climbed the first year after Medicare was forced thru by the Great Society. I still have records of my parents on Dtr. visit costs for me and my siblings, Also some of my grand dad’s after he turn 65 in `67.It tripled in 3 years for the same type of office visit. We need tobacco to keep plenty of tax money coming in, it is a free choice, if you want to suck butts. Global crap is just that, will just raise energy costs, so democrap dorks to get rich on BS. As for women making a choice with their bodies, they can do what ever, but if you are going to rub groins, the game changes if a life is created and same goes for the other half of the welfare rat couple. I think you mean multi agency rear vents passing and enforcing rules with no regulations from anyone, even voters. Who forms these dork alphabet soup dinks agencies, the socialist democrats. What perv group cuts military pay and gives illegals more freebeeies, same pervs that will not let the USA drill inland and become self suuffient with our own oil, which would make sure we don’t have any debt, the same dipsticks who think China, middle east ,vietnam, cuba, venzula, or any othe dictator run country just need some tea and talk, same toilet papered brains that want to embrace muslims, you hit the jackpot, it is The Marxist Democrat Union Party!!! Also you are just a socialist democrat who voted for Onumnutts and probably he made you sad with what he has done. As a conservative, I’m more a Tea Party person,faggots can do what ever trips their trigger, but don’t ask for special favors and personally I think all muslims and faggots should be confined to certain battlions for 4 years, rump riders in stead of rough riders to the islands in the sand. Hillary the UN loving dike, she is a Wellsey lez and thinks and always has wanted more control given to the UN on gun control, laws and rules, in short even today she wants the UN to decide what refrigerators we can by.Any moron that says they are a conservative dumbocrat , what a oxymoron comment. There is a question of, just how brave a marxist democrat is willing to admit their government control procivity. Never has been a conservative democrat, rinos are just shade closer to a mental midget, than the retarded democrat anti American citizen and self abusers. Health caree when we were in Iraq kept our medical military staff with practice organisms. Onumnutts gave his socialist bud
    Soros several billion to drill in 2 mile deep water in Brazil, he shut down over 3500 wells of our own. Same bastards gave billions to Mexico to drill in the Gulf, talking windmills so China can make the generators, his lap pooches in Congress keep passing restrictions on businesses and private citizens. Now you cann’t go and spend over $640 with out filing an IRS form to support healthcare program. The best way to improve military morale is let the troops break things and stomp the freaks , while keeping the smuck fat bastards from creating rules of engagement which alway harms our troops. every one can understand why to retards who were playing with themseves instead of reading up on the dumbocrat party and the marxist muslim moron are embarrassed. But once an idoit they will vote the same way when the get promised more freebeeies!!

    • coal miner

      i41,

      Are you drunk,or just plain stupid?

  • http://energysmartdesign.com Eco Homes

    We have to find more possibilities in order to help save our planet. Great reading about this.

  • http://www.bellagiomedspa.com/ Landon Dellaporta

    Medical spas tend to have a more clinical atmosphere than day spas. But many also offer relaxing services like massage and body treatments. Some medical spas have a wellness focus and include services like acupuncture, nutritional guidance and naturopathic doctor interviews.

  • s c

    Since this topic is still ‘in circulation,’ this is a good time to hear from the mentally challenged hordes who still revere the Bummer. One of his latest lame-brained schemes is to prevent American citizens from “sharing” the food they grow.
    If this isn’t a U S version of a Soviet collective farm (we tell you what to grow, we tell you how much we will take from you, we are in charge – now say ‘thank you’), then what the ^#** is it?
    Uncle Scam, if I’m inclined to grow some food, I’ll eat it, share it and/or give it away as I see fit. If you’re in the mood to “discuss” the topic, make sure your healthcare is as good as you want us to believe it is, mutha. You have forfeited your right to govern, comrade.

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