Category Archives: How-to

Urban farming tech – Sub-irrigation

Sub-irrigation is a phrase I only recently came across. I was familiar with self-watering pots, which a home gardener might have a couple of, and I knew of wicking beds, a type of garden bed which also works on the … Continue reading

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Snails for Christmas

Last Christmas for the first time we hosted the Christmas dinner for my husband’s family. It was as fraught as is traditional for such events, with gossip, miscommunication and denied expectations all over the place. Part of the problem is … Continue reading

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How to: Raingardens, and vegetables under the downpipe

A raingarden is a (usually small) planter or mini-garden watered only by rain when it falls. They’re a lovely way of creating a garden feature, should you have the right kind of climate for them. The right kind of climate … Continue reading

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How to: Wicking beds

A wicking garden bed is basically one that works much like a self-watering pot. There is a water reservoir underneath the bed, and water wicks up from it through the soil to  reach the plant roots. They can be any … Continue reading

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Balcony box garden with styrofoam fruit boxes (video)

I’ve lived most of my adult life in flats, none of them on the ground floor. So I’ve had a bit of practice at gardening in small spaces and in pots and containers. The last flat I was in was … Continue reading

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Bean screen – small space gardening “how to”

My two-year-old helped me plant the bean screen last week, as part of our first week of firstspring. Here’s what it looks like: This is a small-space gardening technique I’ve been working with. The idea is that we put climbing … Continue reading

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