AuthorsPresentationOf the firstTen Chapters
About This BookAuthor’s goal: To provide an A-Z guide for the urban gardener. Topics includepreparing urban soil condition...
Paul SimonEducation: University of Kentucky with degree inLandscape Architecture from theCollege of Agriculture, Food andE...
Charlie is a nationally recognized garden writer, speaker, radio, and televisionpersonality. He has worked for more than 2...
Part I: Urban Gardening 101An overview of urban gardening, from preparing healthy soil conditions, how to plant, whereyou ...
Chapter 1: Gardening in the City
Chapter 1: Gardening in the CityVacant LotsLafayette Greens, Detroit Urban Garden designed by Kenneth Weikal Landscape Arc...
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...
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...
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...
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 Organi...
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...
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...
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
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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, 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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Urban Gardening For Dummies

  1. 1. AuthorsPresentationOf the firstTen Chapters
  2. 2. 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!
  3. 3. 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
  4. 4. 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
  5. 5. 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
  6. 6. Chapter 1: Gardening in the City
  7. 7. 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
  8. 8. Chapter 1: Gardening in the CityGrow it on the Roof Grow it in a PotFinding Places to Garden in the City
  9. 9. Chapter 1: Gardening in the CityGrow Creatively Creative ContainersFinding Places to Garden in the City
  10. 10. Chapter 1: Gardening in the CityFinding Places to Garden in the City – Front Yard GardensGrow Food, Not Lawns
  11. 11. Chapter 1: Gardening in the CityThe National Gardening AssociationGrow it Inside On the BalconyFinding Places to Garden in the CityPaul Simon
  12. 12. Why Garden the City? - Chapter 2
  13. 13. 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
  14. 14. Reduce Air & Water PollutionChapter 2: Reaping the Benefits of Urban Gardening
  15. 15. Reduce NoiseChapter 2: Reaping the Benefits of Urban Gardening
  16. 16. Lower WindsChapter 2: Reaping the Benefits of Urban Gardening
  17. 17. Increase Urban WildlifeChapter 2: Reaping the Benefits of Urban Gardening
  18. 18. More Food ProductionChapter 2: Reaping the Benefits of Urban Gardening
  19. 19. Neighborhood HealthChapter 2: Reaping the Benefits of Urban Gardening
  20. 20. Improving the NeighborhoodChapter 2: Reaping the Benefits of Urban Gardening
  21. 21. Chapter 3: The Urban MicroclimateThe Urban Heat Island Effect
  22. 22. Chapter 3: The Urban MicroclimateSummer Solar Path
  23. 23. Chapter 3: The Urban MicroclimateWinter Solar Path
  24. 24. Chapter 3: The Urban MicroclimateThe Windy City: Working with Seasonal Urban Winds
  25. 25. Chapter 3: The Urban MicroclimateThe Windy City: Knowing your Hardiness Zone
  26. 26. Growing to Help Reduce Energy UseChapter 3: The Urban Microclimate
  27. 27. Chapter 4: Getting to know your soilUnderstandingSoil TypesFiguring outwhat you haveThe Squeeze TestThe Ribbon TestThe Jar TestClay SoilSandy SoilSilty SoilRibbon Test Jar Test
  28. 28. Urban SoilsChapter 4: Getting to know your soil
  29. 29. Chapter 4: Getting to know your soil
  30. 30. 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
  31. 31. Chapter 5: Feeding and Fertilizing your soilComposting Composting with Worms
  32. 32. Chapter 6: Getting your Hands Dirty: Planting How-ToPlanting Annual Flowers and VeggiesFlower Containers Flower Combos
  33. 33. Chapter 6: Getting your Hands Dirty: Planting How-ToRaised Bed Gardening
  34. 34. Chapter 6: Getting your Hands Dirty: Planting How-ToSeed-Starting and Growing your own Seedlings
  35. 35. 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
  36. 36. Chapter 7: Creating an Outdoor RoomAccenting your garden with special gateways
  37. 37. Chapter 7: Creating an Outdoor RoomAccenting your garden with special gateways
  38. 38. Chapter 7: Creating an Outdoor RoomAccenting your garden with unique plants
  39. 39. Chapter 7: Creating an Outdoor RoomTurning Recycled Materials into Garden Art
  40. 40. Chapter 7: Creating an Outdoor RoomTurning Recycled Materials into Garden ArtThecollegegarden.tumblr.com
  41. 41. Chapter 7: Creating an Outdoor RoomTurning Recycled Materials into Garden Art
  42. 42. Chapter 7: Creating an Outdoor RoomRepurposed Pallets
  43. 43. Chapter 7: Creating an Outdoor RoomAdventure Gardening
  44. 44. Chapter 7: Creating an Outdoor RoomAdventure Gardening
  45. 45. Chapter 7: Creating an Outdoor RoomAdventure Gardening
  46. 46. Chapter 8: Containing Your GardeningSurveying your container options
  47. 47. Elevated PlantersChapter 8: Containing Your Gardening
  48. 48. Rolling BedsChapter 8: Containing Your Gardening
  49. 49. Grow BagsChapter 8: Containing Your Gardening
  50. 50. Upside DownChapter 8: Containing Your Gardening
  51. 51. Chapter 9: A Garden with a View: The Rooftop GardenRooftop Garden of Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco – The New York Times
  52. 52. Chapter 9: A Garden with a View: The Rooftop GardenWhat’s the difference?Green Roof vs Roof Garden
  53. 53. Chapter 9: A Garden with a View: The Rooftop GardenGreen Roof - Extensive Hybrid SystemRoof Garden - Intensive
  54. 54. Chapter 10: Going Vertical in your Garden
  55. 55. Climbing PlantsChapter 10: Going Vertical in your Garden
  56. 56. Green wallsChapter 10: Going Vertical in your Garden
  57. 57. Edible Vertical GardensChapter 10: Going Vertical in your Garden
  58. 58. Pocket GardensChapter 10: Going Vertical in your Garden
  59. 59. Straddling Plant ContainerChapter 10: Going Vertical in your GardenBalcony Planter
  60. 60. Picture Frame GardeningChapter 10: Going Vertical in your Garden
  61. 61. PergolaChapter 10: Going Vertical in your GardenGarden TrellisGarden Arbor
  62. 62. Plants as Art
  63. 63. Murals
  64. 64. Murals
  65. 65. Fish Tanks
  66. 66. Green Car
  67. 67. Green Barby
  68. 68. Containers Add Height
  69. 69. All One Flower
  70. 70. Multi-colored
  71. 71. Flower and Foliage
  72. 72. Foliage Color
  73. 73. Foliage Bank
  74. 74. Succulents
  75. 75. A Slew of Succulents
  76. 76. Succulents in a Table
  77. 77. Double Flower Pot
  78. 78. Trees in the City
  79. 79. Dwarf Trees?
  80. 80. Espalier
  81. 81. Top Urban Trees: CrapeMyrtle
  82. 82. Japanese Tree Lilac
  83. 83. American Hornbeam
  84. 84. Serviceberry
  85. 85. Service Berries
  86. 86. Dwarf Alberta Spruce
  87. 87. Food in the City
  88. 88. Keyhole Bed
  89. 89. Urban Raised Beds
  90. 90. On-Line Planner
  91. 91. Design your Own Garden
  92. 92. Your Kitchen Garden
  93. 93. Square Foot Garden
  94. 94. Succession Planting
  95. 95. Polyculture
  96. 96. Edibles in Containers
  97. 97. Trellis
  98. 98. Grapes in The Air
  99. 99. Container Tomatoes
  100. 100. Self Watering Container
  101. 101. Radiator CharliesMortgage Lifter
  102. 102. Top Hat blueberry
  103. 103. Brown Turkey Fig
  104. 104. Alpine Strawberries
  105. 105. Pretty in Purple Hot Peppers
  106. 106. Thumbelina carrot
  107. 107. Terrenzo tomato
  108. 108. Fairy Tale Eggplant
  109. 109. Groundcherry
  110. 110. Blackberry
  111. 111. Edible Flowers
  112. 112. Beautiful Edibles
  113. 113. Transform Yard
  114. 114. Beautiful Urban Garden
  115. 115. Additional Resources - Chittenden Co.
  116. 116. Additional Resources
  117. 117. The End
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