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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.

06/19/2014 - Yarrow: A Garden Spotlight Bees Will Love
Of the hundreds of different perennials I grow in my garden, common yarrow (Achillea millefolium) is a personal favorite.

06/12/2014 - 5 Reasons to Let White Clover Grow in Your Lawn
Up until the 1950s, white clover was included in every lawn seed mixture and having a lush, clover-infused lawn was thing of pride—especially for farmers. These days, with the heavy usage of lawn weed killers, clover is seen as an enemy of turf grass.

06/05/2014 - 4 Things You Didn’t Know About Poison Ivy
If your farm hosts poison ivy and you're wondering how best to get rid of the plants without resorting to nasty chemicals, here's some info you might find useful.

05/29/2014 - 7 DIY Vertical Gardening Techniques for Healthier Veggies
My favorite vertical gardening methods save space in the garden and help promote an abundant, disease-free harvest.

05/22/2014 - Feed Hummingbirds with Homegrown Flowers
Summer in the garden brings many wonderful visitors, including the most admired of them all: hummingbirds.

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.

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