Authors
Presentation
Of the first
Ten Chapters
About This Book
Author’s goal: To provide an A-Z guide for the urban gardener. Topics include
preparing urban soil conditi...
Paul Simon
Education: University of Kentucky with degree in
Landscape Architecture from the
College of Agriculture, Food a...
Charlie is a nationally recognized garden writer, speaker, radio, and television
personality. He has worked for more than ...
Part I: Urban Gardening 101
An overview of urban gardening, from preparing healthy soil conditions, how to plant, where
yo...
Chapter 1: Gardening in the City
Chapter 1: Gardening in the City
Vacant Lots
Lafayette Greens, Detroit Urban Garden designed by Kenneth Weikal Landscape A...
Chapter 1: Gardening in the City
Grow it on the Roof Grow it in a Pot
Finding Places to Garden in the City
Chapter 1: Gardening in the City
Grow Creatively Creative Containers
Finding Places to Garden in the City
Chapter 1: Gardening in the City
Finding Places to Garden in the City – Front Yard Gardens
Grow Food, Not Lawns
Chapter 1: Gardening in the City
The National Gardening Association
Grow it Inside On the Balcony
Finding Places to Garden...
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 we...
Reduce Air & Water Pollution
Chapter 2: Reaping the Benefits of Urban Gardening
Reduce Noise
Chapter 2: Reaping the Benefits of Urban Gardening
Lower Winds
Chapter 2: Reaping the Benefits of Urban Gardening
Increase Urban Wildlife
Chapter 2: Reaping the Benefits of Urban Gardening
More Food Production
Chapter 2: Reaping the Benefits of Urban Gardening
Neighborhood Health
Chapter 2: Reaping the Benefits of Urban Gardening
Improving the Neighborhood
Chapter 2: Reaping the Benefits of Urban Gardening
Chapter 3: The Urban Microclimate
The Urban Heat Island Effect
Chapter 3: The Urban Microclimate
Summer Solar Path
Chapter 3: The Urban Microclimate
Winter Solar Path
Chapter 3: The Urban Microclimate
The Windy City: Working with Seasonal Urban Winds
Chapter 3: The Urban Microclimate
The Windy City: Knowing your Hardiness Zone
Growing to Help Reduce Energy Use
Chapter 3: The Urban Microclimate
Chapter 4: Getting to know your soil
Understanding
Soil Types
Figuring out
what you have
The Squeeze Test
The Ribbon Test
...
Urban Soils
Chapter 4: Getting to know your soil
Chapter 4: Getting to know your soil
Chapter 5: Feeding and Fertilizing your soil
Using Organic
Fertilizers
Why Fertilize?
The Advantage of Organics
Types of O...
Chapter 5: Feeding and Fertilizing your soil
Composting Composting with Worms
Chapter 6: Getting your Hands Dirty: Planting How-To
Planting Annual Flowers and Veggies
Flower Containers Flower Combos
Chapter 6: Getting your Hands Dirty: Planting How-To
Raised Bed Gardening
Chapter 6: Getting your Hands Dirty: Planting How-To
Seed-Starting and Growing your own Seedlings
Chapter 7: Creating an Outdoor Room
Extend your interior use of space into an outdoor room
Garden Dining Area – HGTV Outdo...
Chapter 7: Creating an Outdoor Room
Accenting your garden with special gateways
Chapter 7: Creating an Outdoor Room
Accenting your garden with special gateways
Chapter 7: Creating an Outdoor Room
Accenting your garden with unique plants
Chapter 7: Creating an Outdoor Room
Turning Recycled Materials into Garden Art
Chapter 7: Creating an Outdoor Room
Turning Recycled Materials into Garden Art
Thecollegegarden.tumblr.com
Chapter 7: Creating an Outdoor Room
Turning Recycled Materials into Garden Art
Chapter 7: Creating an Outdoor Room
Repurposed Pallets
Chapter 7: Creating an Outdoor Room
Adventure Gardening
Chapter 7: Creating an Outdoor Room
Adventure Gardening
Chapter 7: Creating an Outdoor Room
Adventure Gardening
Chapter 8: Containing Your Gardening
Surveying your container options
Elevated Planters
Chapter 8: Containing Your Gardening
Rolling Beds
Chapter 8: Containing Your Gardening
Grow Bags
Chapter 8: Containing Your Gardening
Upside Down
Chapter 8: Containing Your Gardening
Chapter 9: A Garden with a View: The Rooftop Garden
Rooftop Garden of Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco – The New Yor...
Chapter 9: A Garden with a View: The Rooftop Garden
What’s the difference?
Green Roof vs Roof Garden
Chapter 9: A Garden with a View: The Rooftop Garden
Green Roof - Extensive Hybrid System
Roof Garden - Intensive
Chapter 10: Going Vertical in your Garden
Climbing Plants
Chapter 10: Going Vertical in your Garden
Green walls
Chapter 10: Going Vertical in your Garden
Edible Vertical Gardens
Chapter 10: Going Vertical in your Garden
Pocket Gardens
Chapter 10: Going Vertical in your Garden
Straddling Plant Container
Chapter 10: Going Vertical in your Garden
Balcony Planter
Picture Frame Gardening
Chapter 10: Going Vertical in your Garden
Pergola
Chapter 10: Going Vertical in your Garden
Garden Trellis
Garden 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: Crape
Myrtle
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 Charlie's
Mortgage 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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Urban garden dummies

  1. 1. Authors Presentation Of the first Ten Chapters
  2. 2. About This Book Author’s goal: To provide an A-Z guide for the urban gardener. Topics include preparing urban soil conditions, how to plant, where you can plant, and the many types of plantings suitable for urban gardens. And, of course urban edibles are especially covered. You will also learn some techniques from reducing air and water pollution, how gardens may reduce crime, increase property values, and contribute to healthier, improved neighborhoods. From rooftops, balconies, patios, along walls and stairways, or growing indoors, the authors cover many urban gardening techniques and trends to help get you started right away!
  3. 3. Paul Simon Education: University of Kentucky with degree in Landscape Architecture from the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment Employment: White + Burke Real Estate Investment Advisors The National Gardening Association Portfolio: parkarchitecture.com
  4. 4. Charlie is a nationally recognized garden writer, speaker, radio, and television personality. He has worked for more than 20 years bringing expert gardening information to home gardeners through radio, television, talks, on-line, and the printed page. He's 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 coach charlienardozzi.com
  5. 5. Part I: Urban Gardening 101 An overview of urban gardening, from preparing healthy soil conditions, how to plant, where you can plant and the many types of plantings suitable for urban gardens, especially edibles! Part II: Gardening Basics Here 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 Garden So where can you garden in the city? This part of the book provides many answers to this question from the ground up! From changing a parking space into a mini-garden or how to make an elevated rooftop garden with a view. Part IV: Growing Plants in the City Whether you’re gardening in a container on an apartment balcony or in the ground in a community garden or your own backyard, you’ll need to know the basics of growing all your favorites plants. Part V: Growing to Perfection Once all your gardens are planted and you’re happy with your choices, now the on-going maintenance begins. In this section we’ll describe the best ways to weed your gardens and the advantages of using various mulches to keep weeds at bay and retain soil moisture. Part VI: Parts of Tens From the top ten essential garden tools to ten kid-friendly ways to garden in the city, this section 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 City Vacant Lots Lafayette Greens, Detroit Urban Garden designed by Kenneth Weikal Landscape Architecture Promotes: Urban Agriculture, Community Gardening, Public Gathering, and Productive Urban Landscape Finding Places to Garden in the City
  8. 8. Chapter 1: Gardening in the City Grow it on the Roof Grow it in a Pot Finding Places to Garden in the City
  9. 9. Chapter 1: Gardening in the City Grow Creatively Creative Containers Finding Places to Garden in the City
  10. 10. Chapter 1: Gardening in the City Finding Places to Garden in the City – Front Yard Gardens Grow Food, Not Lawns
  11. 11. Chapter 1: Gardening in the City The National Gardening Association Grow it Inside On the Balcony Finding Places to Garden in the City Paul 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 Pollution Chapter 2: Reaping the Benefits of Urban Gardening
  15. 15. Reduce Noise Chapter 2: Reaping the Benefits of Urban Gardening
  16. 16. Lower Winds Chapter 2: Reaping the Benefits of Urban Gardening
  17. 17. Increase Urban Wildlife Chapter 2: Reaping the Benefits of Urban Gardening
  18. 18. More Food Production Chapter 2: Reaping the Benefits of Urban Gardening
  19. 19. Neighborhood Health Chapter 2: Reaping the Benefits of Urban Gardening
  20. 20. Improving the Neighborhood Chapter 2: Reaping the Benefits of Urban Gardening
  21. 21. Chapter 3: The Urban Microclimate The Urban Heat Island Effect
  22. 22. Chapter 3: The Urban Microclimate Summer Solar Path
  23. 23. Chapter 3: The Urban Microclimate Winter Solar Path
  24. 24. Chapter 3: The Urban Microclimate The Windy City: Working with Seasonal Urban Winds
  25. 25. Chapter 3: The Urban Microclimate The Windy City: Knowing your Hardiness Zone
  26. 26. Growing to Help Reduce Energy Use Chapter 3: The Urban Microclimate
  27. 27. Chapter 4: Getting to know your soil Understanding Soil Types Figuring out what you have The Squeeze Test The Ribbon Test The Jar Test Clay Soil Sandy Soil Silty Soil Ribbon Test Jar Test
  28. 28. Urban Soils Chapter 4: Getting to know your soil
  29. 29. Chapter 4: Getting to know your soil
  30. 30. Chapter 5: Feeding and Fertilizing your soil Using Organic Fertilizers Why Fertilize? The Advantage of Organics Types of Organic Fertilizers Plant-Based Fertilizers Animal-Based Fertilizers Blood Meal Bonemeal Fish Poducts Animal Manures Alfalfa Meal Corn Gluten Cottenseed Meal Seaweed Soyben Meal
  31. 31. Chapter 5: Feeding and Fertilizing your soil Composting Composting with Worms
  32. 32. Chapter 6: Getting your Hands Dirty: Planting How-To Planting Annual Flowers and Veggies Flower Containers Flower Combos
  33. 33. Chapter 6: Getting your Hands Dirty: Planting How-To Raised Bed Gardening
  34. 34. Chapter 6: Getting your Hands Dirty: Planting How-To Seed-Starting and Growing your own Seedlings
  35. 35. Chapter 7: Creating an Outdoor Room Extend your interior use of space into an outdoor room Garden Dining Area – HGTV Outdoor The Green Room – by Landscape Architects Network
  36. 36. Chapter 7: Creating an Outdoor Room Accenting your garden with special gateways
  37. 37. Chapter 7: Creating an Outdoor Room Accenting your garden with special gateways
  38. 38. Chapter 7: Creating an Outdoor Room Accenting your garden with unique plants
  39. 39. Chapter 7: Creating an Outdoor Room Turning Recycled Materials into Garden Art
  40. 40. Chapter 7: Creating an Outdoor Room Turning Recycled Materials into Garden Art Thecollegegarden.tumblr.com
  41. 41. Chapter 7: Creating an Outdoor Room Turning Recycled Materials into Garden Art
  42. 42. Chapter 7: Creating an Outdoor Room Repurposed Pallets
  43. 43. Chapter 7: Creating an Outdoor Room Adventure Gardening
  44. 44. Chapter 7: Creating an Outdoor Room Adventure Gardening
  45. 45. Chapter 7: Creating an Outdoor Room Adventure Gardening
  46. 46. Chapter 8: Containing Your Gardening Surveying your container options
  47. 47. Elevated Planters Chapter 8: Containing Your Gardening
  48. 48. Rolling Beds Chapter 8: Containing Your Gardening
  49. 49. Grow Bags Chapter 8: Containing Your Gardening
  50. 50. Upside Down Chapter 8: Containing Your Gardening
  51. 51. Chapter 9: A Garden with a View: The Rooftop Garden Rooftop Garden of Glide Memorial Church in San Francisco – The New York Times
  52. 52. Chapter 9: A Garden with a View: The Rooftop Garden What’s the difference? Green Roof vs Roof Garden
  53. 53. Chapter 9: A Garden with a View: The Rooftop Garden Green Roof - Extensive Hybrid System Roof Garden - Intensive
  54. 54. Chapter 10: Going Vertical in your Garden
  55. 55. Climbing Plants Chapter 10: Going Vertical in your Garden
  56. 56. Green walls Chapter 10: Going Vertical in your Garden
  57. 57. Edible Vertical Gardens Chapter 10: Going Vertical in your Garden
  58. 58. Pocket Gardens Chapter 10: Going Vertical in your Garden
  59. 59. Straddling Plant Container Chapter 10: Going Vertical in your Garden Balcony Planter
  60. 60. Picture Frame Gardening Chapter 10: Going Vertical in your Garden
  61. 61. Pergola Chapter 10: Going Vertical in your Garden Garden Trellis Garden 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: Crape Myrtle
  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 Charlie's Mortgage 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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