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Old 05-31-2011, 04:20 PM
 
Location: Fairfax County, VA
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Over the past few weeks, I've been skimming around, looking at what urban gardening is about. I am kinda considering doing it after reading about the benefits that it can give.

I was wondering; would you be able to give tips to a noob? Just somewhere where I can get off on teh right foot if possible. Thanks
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Old 06-01-2011, 10:03 AM
 
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Anything more specific than that?

Already tons of info on this forum about gardening in urban areas. Heck look at the sticky square foot gardening. Other than a more specific question, a search of this forum will give you a lot on info already shared on this subject
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Old 06-01-2011, 10:39 AM
 
Location: Tampa Bay Area
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Enrich the soil. Step 1.
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Old 06-01-2011, 11:11 AM
 
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Find out what was on the property and in the area. Urban might have had factories. You need the soil tested for safety. Even then, I would go with raised beds and no root veggies
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Old 06-02-2011, 11:08 AM
 
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Are you going the community garden route or backyard route

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We got into community garden 3 years ago,cost $20 a year for a 20 by 20ft plot, very friendly atmosphere,lots of fellow cultivators to answer questions, and for a small fee access to bags of earth,peat moss or compost and for another $20 a guy comes around and tills your plot at the end of every year.
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Old 06-02-2011, 11:35 AM
 
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Some reference links:

Urban Gardening Help

Urban Gardens | Unlimited Thinking For Limited Spaces

Urban Garden Magazine | Cultivation indoors and outdoors using hydroponics and organics
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Old 06-02-2011, 08:21 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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Are you going the community garden route or backyard route
Good question. Will you be growing in a small yard, container gardening or using a community plot?
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Old 06-04-2011, 01:41 PM
 
Location: Fairfax County, VA
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backyard route
Definitely that for sure.

I've also heard that you can do a lot with just having 5 gal buckets and some good soil. Is that true?
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Old 06-05-2011, 08:01 AM
 
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years ago we had a huge plot garden. It provided loads of veggies that I cooked, canned, froze, and gave away. I also kept me in a constant state of exhaustion all summer. Now we have tomatoes and peppers in pots on our patio and squash and beans in our front flower beds. No I don't have the variety I had, but I have time to enjoy maintaining the plants I have and eating the products they produce. I also have plenty of squash to give away.
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Old 06-06-2011, 06:04 AM
 
Location: Cincinnati
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Definitely that for sure.

I've also heard that you can do a lot with just having 5 gal buckets and some good soil. Is that true?
Yes. There are specific varieties of tomatoes and other plants that are ideal for this situation. Go to your local garden center and they will get you exactly what plants you need. A good start might be four 5 gallon buckets, two container tomatoes, one small pepper variety, and cucumbers with a trellis to climb.

In addition to good soil, you need to have a spot that gets at least 6 hours of sun per day.
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