Source: Life on the Balcony

Find a Pallet

The first thing you need to do is–obviously–find a pallet. I’ve had good luck finding them in dumpsters behind supermarkets. No need to be squeamish. It doesn’t smell. At least, it doesn’t smell that bad. Don’t just take the first pallet you find. You’re looking for one with all the boards in good condition, no nails sticking out, no rotting, etc. If you intend to put edibles in your pallet, be sure to find one that was heat treated as opposed to fumigated with pesticides. READ MORE

By Barbara H. Peterson

Farm Wars

This year we have the best high desert garden yet. We planted carrots, spinach, beets, swiss chard, cabbage, lettuce, onions, radishes, butternut squash, zucchini, and raspberries. Since the weather is so unpredictable, I am keeping tomato, pepper and cucumber plants indoors. We didn’t have to plant the milk thistle, as it has been trying to grow in my back yard for years, and I finally found out that eradicating this precious plant is not in our best interests!

Here are pics of the outdoor portion of the garden:

beets, spinach, carrots, swiss chard

squash layout w onions and raspberries

Getting to this point has taken us over three years, as we hadn’t a clue about gardening when we started, much less in the high desert, and we basically started from scratch with space for a garden area and plenty of horse manure.  (more…)

City farming with rotated animal cages over raised vegetable beds.

Source: Window Farms

Hydroponic Edible Gardens for Urban Windows

How to supply fresh, local food to people in cities.