Here's an organic technique that actually prevents weeds from growing by smothering them under layers of wet newspaper and dry grass clippings. It's simple and effective, not to mention inexpensive.
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Mulberries are in season now all over New York. You've probably passed by them a million times without knowing it: the tell-tale sign is a messy, sticky sidewalk splattered with dark, squashed fruit, and likely a preponderance of birds in the tree above. They're great in jam. Next time you pass a mulberry tree, take some home and try this recipe.
My least favorite part of gardening is weeding. Sure, I try to get all zen about it, but it's hard for me to spend hours ever-so-carefully plucking little plants from the ground. But the thing is, weed control is absolutely essential to a thriving garden. Here are some Weeding 101 basic tips.
Here's a short list of tips for your seedings: with a little time and tender loving care, you should be able to minimize your losses when planting out your seedlings. Learn from my mistakes, folks!
In this Urban Gardener series, I'll share my ups and downs in the pursuit of healthy, affordable homegrown fare in my own backyard. Here's Part One, an introduction to what you'll need to get started, what to plant, and more answers for fellow aspiring gardeners.