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Urban Farm Magazine

Jessica Walliser
The Dirt on Gardening
From Jessica Walliser, regular contributor to Hobby Farms and Hobby Farm Home comes a blog about gardening: Seeds, compost, pests and cultivating, as well as tips and tricks, year-round growing, finds and suggestions.

05/15/2014 - Don’t Wait Until Summer for Tasty Beets
Traditional red beet varieties like Red Ace, Detroit Dark Red, and Kestrel are standard fare in my garden. They’re nice, but my heart belongs to two varieties of heirloom beets: Chioggia and Golden.

05/02/2014 - Short on Space and Time? These Gardening Tips Are For You
I’ve gone through my own periods of trial-and-error over the years when it comes to gardening in my own backyard, and here are some space, time and money-saving tips you may be able to put to use.

04/24/2014 - 13 Trees, Shrubs and Flowers to Turn a Muddy Yard into a Garden You’ll Love
If you have a low-lying, poorly drained or waterlogged area in your yard, you can create a bog garden rather than installing a drainage system or filling it in.

04/17/2014 - Prep Your Seedlings for Transplanting
Most of us have already started seeds this year, and now the focus should move from getting them to germinate to preparing them for life in the garden.

04/10/2014 - How to Stamp Out Mugwort in Your Garden
Mugwort (Artemisia vulgaris) is an introduced weed that’s very aggressive and can quickly overtake garden beds, as it has at my house.

04/03/2014 - 4 Tips to Growing Disease-Free Grapes in Your Backyard
Imagine what it would be like to harvest juicy Golden Muscats or full-bodied Concords just outside your backdoor! One of the biggest problems grape growers face, however, are fungal diseases.

03/27/2014 - 5 Weeds to Leave in Your Garden
Good weeds. These two words together create what might seem to be the single biggest oxymoron in the gardening world.

03/20/2014 - 5 Ways to Invite Beneficial Insects to Your Garden
I have exciting news! My new book, Attracting Beneficial Bugs to Your Garden: A Natural Approach to Pest Control (Timber Press, 2014) is now on the market.

03/13/2014 - 4 Creative Accents to Invigorate Your Garden
I've been thinking a lot lately about the design of this year's garden. I've had the opportunity to visit many public gardens over the years, and every time I do, I discover a few fun design tidbits that I want to emulate in my own garden.

03/06/2014 - 5 Tools I Can't Garden Without
While I have plenty of useful tools in my shed, there are five items that I can't garden without. What's your favorite must-have gardening item?

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