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I'm Charlie Nardozzi. People are growing plants in the wildest places these days. There are rooftop gardens sprouting up on top of 30 story buildings, container gardens on balconies and fire escapes, ...

I'm Charlie Nardozzi. People are growing plants in the wildest places these days. There are rooftop gardens sprouting up on top of 30 story buildings, container gardens on balconies and fire escapes, and now living green walls in cities, schools and homes.

The green wall revolution coincides with the increased interest in urban gardening. Gardeners are growing everything in green walls. I saw a school once in Queens that had a living green wall indoors to help purify the air. Many common plants can filter off-gasses emitted by paints and carpets. And you don't have to live in a city for it to make sense. I was at the Coastal Maine Botanic Garden last summer and they have a green edible wall filled with basil and cherry tomatoes. In my latest book, Urban Gardening for Dummies, coauthored with Paul Simon, we devote a whole chapter just to vertical gardening.

Space saving is always a good idea and green wall technology now makes it easier for a home gardener to grow up. To grow a vertical garden at home, you can purchase simple kits with pots that hook on a wire screen that can be mounted to a wall or sophisticated planting devices with drip irrigation and fertilizer systems.

You also can make a simple green, wall garden with old wooden pallets. Here's how. Fix any lose boards and remove protruding nails. Staple landscape fabric around the back and three sides of your pallet. Place plants in the one side that will be the top and then lay the pallet horizontal and fill it with potting soil. Plant transplants in the open slats, mixing flowers, veggies and even strawberries. Let them grow on the ground for a few weeks to get established keeping them well watered, then prop up the pallet to grow vertically.

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  • AuthorsPresentationOf the firstTen Chapters
  • About This BookAuthor’s goal: To provide an A-Z guide for the urban gardener. Topics includepreparing urban soil conditions, how to plant, where you can plant, and the manytypes of plantings suitable for urban gardens. And, of course urban edibles areespecially covered.You will also learn some techniques from reducing air and water pollution, howgardens may reduce crime, increase property values, and contribute to healthier,improved neighborhoods.From rooftops, balconies, patios, along walls and stairways, or growing indoors, theauthors cover many urban gardening techniques and trends to help get you startedright away!
  • Paul SimonEducation: University of Kentucky with degree inLandscape Architecture from theCollege of Agriculture, Food andEnvironmentEmployment: White + BurkeReal Estate Investment AdvisorsThe National Gardening AssociationPortfolio: parkarchitecture.com View slide
  • Charlie is a nationally recognized garden writer, speaker, radio, and televisionpersonality. He has worked for more than 20 years bringing expert gardeninginformation to home gardeners through radio, television, talks, on-line, and theprinted page. Hes authored four books including Urban Gardening for Dummies,hosts In the Garden on WCAX-TV and the Vermont Garden Journal on VPR.Well known as:• Public speaker• TV show host• Radio show host• Book author and free lance• web and print writer• Garden coachcharlienardozzi.com View slide
  • Part I: Urban Gardening 101An overview of urban gardening, from preparing healthy soil conditions, how to plant, whereyou can plant and the many types of plantings suitable for urban gardens, especially edibles!Part II: Gardening BasicsHere is where we really dig-into the book! From analyzing soil types, understanding soil pH,drainage, poor and contaminated soil conditions.Part III: Places and Ways to GardenSo where can you garden in the city? This part of the book provides many answers to thisquestion from the ground up! From changing a parking space into a mini-garden or how tomake an elevated rooftop garden with a view.Part IV: Growing Plants in the CityWhether you’re gardening in a container on an apartment balcony or in the ground in acommunity garden or your own backyard, you’ll need to know the basics of growing all yourfavorites plants.Part V: Growing to PerfectionOnce all your gardens are planted and you’re happy with your choices, now the on-goingmaintenance begins. In this section we’ll describe the best ways to weed your gardens and theadvantages of using various mulches to keep weeds at bay and retain soil moisture.Part VI: Parts of TensFrom the top ten essential garden tools to ten kid-friendly ways to garden in the city, thissection provides an assortment of helpful and creative urban gardening solutions.How the Book is organized
  • Chapter 1: Gardening in the City
  • Chapter 1: Gardening in the CityVacant LotsLafayette Greens, Detroit Urban Garden designed by Kenneth Weikal Landscape ArchitecturePromotes: Urban Agriculture, Community Gardening, Public Gathering, and Productive Urban LandscapeFinding Places to Garden in the City
  • Chapter 1: Gardening in the CityGrow it on the Roof Grow it in a PotFinding Places to Garden in the City
  • Chapter 1: Gardening in the CityGrow Creatively Creative ContainersFinding Places to Garden in the City
  • Chapter 1: Gardening in the CityFinding Places to Garden in the City – Front Yard GardensGrow Food, Not Lawns
  • Chapter 1: Gardening in the CityThe National Gardening AssociationGrow it Inside On the BalconyFinding Places to Garden in the CityPaul Simon
  • Why Garden the City? - Chapter 2
  • Chapter 2: Reaping the Benefits of Urban Gardening• Discover the value of growing food in the city• Understanding how well-designed landscapes help reduce pollution• Find out how urban gardens can help reduce energy use• How gardens contribute to healthier, more valuable neighborhoods
  • Reduce Air & Water PollutionChapter 2: Reaping the Benefits of Urban Gardening
  • Reduce NoiseChapter 2: Reaping the Benefits of Urban Gardening
  • Lower WindsChapter 2: Reaping the Benefits of Urban Gardening
  • Increase Urban WildlifeChapter 2: Reaping the Benefits of Urban Gardening
  • More Food ProductionChapter 2: Reaping the Benefits of Urban Gardening
  • Neighborhood HealthChapter 2: Reaping the Benefits of Urban Gardening
  • Improving the NeighborhoodChapter 2: Reaping the Benefits of Urban Gardening
  • Chapter 3: The Urban MicroclimateThe Urban Heat Island Effect
  • Chapter 3: The Urban MicroclimateSummer Solar Path
  • Chapter 3: The Urban MicroclimateWinter Solar Path
  • Chapter 3: The Urban MicroclimateThe Windy City: Working with Seasonal Urban Winds
  • Chapter 3: The Urban MicroclimateThe Windy City: Knowing your Hardiness Zone
  • Growing to Help Reduce Energy UseChapter 3: The Urban Microclimate
  • Chapter 4: Getting to know your soilUnderstandingSoil TypesFiguring outwhat you haveThe Squeeze TestThe Ribbon TestThe Jar TestClay SoilSandy SoilSilty SoilRibbon Test Jar Test
  • Urban SoilsChapter 4: Getting to know your soil
  • Chapter 4: Getting to know your soil
  • Chapter 5: Feeding and Fertilizing your soilUsing OrganicFertilizersWhy Fertilize?The Advantage of OrganicsTypes of Organic FertilizersPlant-BasedFertilizersAnimal-BasedFertilizersBlood MealBonemealFish PoductsAnimal ManuresAlfalfa MealCorn GlutenCottenseed MealSeaweedSoyben Meal
  • Chapter 5: Feeding and Fertilizing your soilComposting Composting with Worms
  • Chapter 6: Getting your Hands Dirty: Planting How-ToPlanting Annual Flowers and VeggiesFlower Containers Flower Combos
  • Chapter 6: Getting your Hands Dirty: Planting How-ToRaised Bed Gardening
  • Chapter 6: Getting your Hands Dirty: Planting How-ToSeed-Starting and Growing your own Seedlings
  • Chapter 7: Creating an Outdoor RoomExtend your interior use of space into an outdoor roomGarden Dining Area – HGTV Outdoor The Green Room – by Landscape Architects Network
  • Chapter 7: Creating an Outdoor RoomAccenting your garden with special gateways
  • Chapter 7: Creating an Outdoor RoomAccenting your garden with special gateways
  • Chapter 7: Creating an Outdoor RoomAccenting your garden with unique plants
  • Chapter 7: Creating an Outdoor RoomTurning Recycled Materials into Garden Art
  • Chapter 7: Creating an Outdoor RoomTurning Recycled Materials into Garden ArtThecollegegarden.tumblr.com
  • Chapter 7: Creating an Outdoor RoomTurning Recycled Materials into Garden Art
  • Chapter 7: Creating an Outdoor RoomRepurposed Pallets
  • Chapter 7: Creating an Outdoor RoomAdventure Gardening
  • Chapter 7: Creating an Outdoor RoomAdventure Gardening
  • Chapter 7: Creating an Outdoor RoomAdventure Gardening
  • Chapter 8: Containing Your GardeningSurveying your container options
  • Elevated PlantersChapter 8: Containing Your Gardening
  • Rolling BedsChapter 8: Containing Your Gardening
  • Grow BagsChapter 8: Containing Your Gardening
  • Upside DownChapter 8: Containing Your Gardening
  • Chapter 9: A Garden with a View: The Rooftop GardenRooftop Garden of Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco – The New York Times
  • Chapter 9: A Garden with a View: The Rooftop GardenWhat’s the difference?Green Roof vs Roof Garden
  • Chapter 9: A Garden with a View: The Rooftop GardenGreen Roof - Extensive Hybrid SystemRoof Garden - Intensive
  • Chapter 10: Going Vertical in your Garden
  • Climbing PlantsChapter 10: Going Vertical in your Garden
  • Green wallsChapter 10: Going Vertical in your Garden
  • Edible Vertical GardensChapter 10: Going Vertical in your Garden
  • Pocket GardensChapter 10: Going Vertical in your Garden
  • Straddling Plant ContainerChapter 10: Going Vertical in your GardenBalcony Planter
  • Picture Frame GardeningChapter 10: Going Vertical in your Garden
  • PergolaChapter 10: Going Vertical in your GardenGarden TrellisGarden Arbor
  • Plants as Art
  • Murals
  • Murals
  • Fish Tanks
  • Green Car
  • Green Barby
  • Containers Add Height
  • All One Flower
  • Multi-colored
  • Flower and Foliage
  • Foliage Color
  • Foliage Bank
  • Succulents
  • A Slew of Succulents
  • Succulents in a Table
  • Double Flower Pot
  • Trees in the City
  • Dwarf Trees?
  • Espalier
  • Top Urban Trees: CrapeMyrtle
  • Japanese Tree Lilac
  • American Hornbeam
  • Serviceberry
  • Service Berries
  • Dwarf Alberta Spruce
  • Food in the City
  • Keyhole Bed
  • Urban Raised Beds
  • On-Line Planner
  • Design your Own Garden
  • Your Kitchen Garden
  • Square Foot Garden
  • Succession Planting
  • Polyculture
  • Edibles in Containers
  • Trellis
  • Grapes in The Air
  • Container Tomatoes
  • Self Watering Container
  • Radiator CharliesMortgage Lifter
  • Top Hat blueberry
  • Brown Turkey Fig
  • Alpine Strawberries
  • Pretty in Purple Hot Peppers
  • Thumbelina carrot
  • Terrenzo tomato
  • Fairy Tale Eggplant
  • Groundcherry
  • Blackberry
  • Edible Flowers
  • Beautiful Edibles
  • Transform Yard
  • Beautiful Urban Garden
  • Additional Resources - Chittenden Co.
  • Additional Resources
  • The End