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Urban Gardening Resources

Below are top resources on SparkPeople for Urban Gardening.

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Why Getting Outside is So Good for You

John Keats once wrote, "The poetry of the earth is never dead." Poet or not, almost all of us have been awestruck by nature at one time or another. Whether it's running at sunset on a sandy white beach, walking alongside a cool tri...  Read more

A Beginner's Guide to Composting

When organic matter such as leaves, grass clippings and food scraps break down, you get compost, a dark, dirt-like "soil" that is rich in nutrients. Compost happens even without human involvement; for example, the leaves that fall on the fo...  Read more

The Benefits of Growing Your Own Food

Environmentalists have been admonishing us for years to conserve fuel to lessen our impact on the planet. Some of us have taken heed by walking, biking, carpooling, combining trips, or trading in our SUVs for hybrids. While you probably appreciate th...  Read more

Slim in the City

The hottest restaurants, the best museums, the latest trends: City living puts the good life at your fingertips. But with those perks often come long commutes, even longer work hours, cramped living quarters, and hectic schedules, all of which can ma...  Read more

Walking and Running Tips for City Dwellers

Living in a big city can be exciting. If you reside in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago or San Francisco, you have access to some of the hottest and trendiest health clubs and group exercise classes right in your back yard. And even if you live in...  Read more

Garden tower
Updated 11/3/2014 9:07:25 PM

I am not even sure this is where I should be. I am with 50+with 50-99 lbs to lose. Some have been interested in my Tower garden planter, I have gotten some pictures taken by my son to show but am not sure how to do it. I put a link (I think) in my bl...  Read more

Apartment Gardening
Updated 10/29/2014 8:32:26 AM

Hello Sparkers! Does anyone here have any experience or tips for small space gardening? I am sure I could only really have enough space on my balcony for a small herb garden, but maybe someone has mastered maximizing space :) Thanks in adva...  Read more

Been invited to Olive Garden!!!! Help!!!
Updated 5/20/2014 2:59:50 PM

My daughter's Senior prom is tonight, and her friends mother invited us to dinner at Olive Garden prior to the prom. Yikes! I love the bread sticks! Will one be too much? Should I eat just a half, or should I really test my willpower and just say No!...  Read more

Garden Lites muffins
Updated 5/10/2014 8:51:15 PM

Anyone had these? I've heard only great things about them and wanted to give the Banana Zucchini Chocolate Chip ones a try. I was just wondering though, does anyone know why they have to be frozen? Is it because they don't use preservatives or someth...  Read more

How does your garden grow?
Updated 8/1/2014 6:10:30 PM

Mine is growing well. My lettuce and peas are sprouted and my blueberries are starting to appear. I see nectarines, peaches, pluots, apricots and strawberries developing as well. I have flowers on one of my tomatoes, though no tomatoes yet....  Read more

Soup is good food.

I eat a cup of broth-based soup with a little protein in it before my afternoon and evening meals. It really helps me feel satiated faster and keeps me from going back for seconds on more caloric items. For supreme convenience I make a big batch of s...  Read more

Lighten Your Sandwich

Switch your mayo for cilantro paste on your sandwich and save some fat. 1 TBSP of regular mayo has 49 cal, 4.9g fat 104mg sodium vs 3/4 tsp cilantro 10 cal, 0g fat 95mg sodium....  Read more

Gardening

Anyone who loves gardening and wants to combine this love with their desire to be fit and healthy!...  Read more

Tasting 'Game' Helps Kids Accept New Veggies

A round-up of the most interesting and thought-provoking stories of the week. At-home 'tasting game' helps kids accept vegetablesA really cool idea to get kids to chomp on new-to-them foods! ReutersReal Beauty Doesn’t Need Retouching, B...  Read more

Poll: Do You Grow Any of Your Own Food?

Like most of you, I love spring—and not just because it allows me to enjoy the outdoors. I am also excited because it marks the start of gardening season! With all the environmental and economic troubles we're facing, gardening is on the ri...  Read more

Growing Green: Urban gardening 101.

I will start this post by saying that I won the battle against the marshmellows... I think I ate like 2. So I'm going to start tracking my experiences gardening. We live in the middle of the 3rd largest city in PA. Our yard is 1/10 an acre and...  Read more

Urban Gardening Tips Needed!

I would love to grow my own vegetables. Alas, I am a creature of the city with an apartment with very little backyard space that is exposed to the sun. I've been so inspired (and jealous) of people and their spring gardening plans that I'v...  Read more