Urban Potato Tower Garden

Attempting an Urban version of a potato tower in our raised Philadelphia small lot veggie garden.  I saw a video on Facebook about building a potato tower and I was hoping to give it a try.  As of May 2017 everything on the zoning challenge front is still in the fight, so I figured why

Gardens on Philadelphia Vacant Lots

With all this muckety muck going on about zoning and use permits and such, we did some research on vacant lots, licenses and gardens and we found this, under Philadelphia Code, Title 9, CHAPTER 9-3900. PROPERTY LICENSES AND OWNER ACCOUNTABILITY: § 9-3904. Vacant Lot License. (1) Required. (a) The owner of any lot on which no

The Tree of Heaven Nature’s Gardening Clock

The Tree of Heaven (Ailanthus altissima) is admittedly a very tricky tree to maintain.  We have been maintaining our for many years now.  I have to say, it loves to create seedlings.  The Tree has a long Philadelphia connection.  From http://www.fs.fed.us/database/feis/plants/tree/ailalt/all.html Sprouts from the first tree-of-heaven in North America, planted in Philadelphia’s Bartram Botanical Garden 1784,

Gardening on Small Lots

Gardening on Small Lots is a Great Idea. Small lots provide many opportunities for families and local communities to enjoy nature and family time.  Our family has been gardening our lots for many years.  Every year we try new things.  In our 15ft 9in x 20 ft corner lot we have set up: two 4ft