City Dirt

Tomato DIY: Pruning and Trellises

By • August 7, 2012 • 6 Comments

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This is the fifteenth in our biweekly series from Amy Pennington – urban farmer, founder of GoGo Green Garden, and author of Urban Pantry and Apartment Gardening – on how to start growing your own food, no matter how tiny your garden-to-be is.

 

Today: Amy teaches us to take care of our tomato plants, prune them fearlessly, and trellis them with simple household supplies.

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Down & Dirty

Down & Dirty: Melons

By • August 3, 2012 • 6 Comments

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Did you know that melons are in the same family -- Cucurbitaceae -- as cucumbers, winter squash, and zucchini? Their leaves, flowers, and stems are all similar, though of course the end product is very different. (And no, you can't cross-pollinate a pattypan squash with a honeydew!) Today we're talking all about melons, to give you plenty to think about next time you lug one home from the farmers' market.

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Behind the Scenes

Just Because: Charlie Eats, Is Adorable

By • August 3, 2012 • 11 Comments

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The last time we saw Charlie, he was making some pretty forward advances at Merrill's little girl, Clara. (Don't worry, they're still friends.) Today, we get a very special look at Charlie as he gobbles down a meal. On the menu? Kale and sweet potatoes from Lucky Dog Organics in the Catskills, a favorite of Charlie's dad Peter.

Orange foods (sweet potatoes, carrots, cantaloupe) are a big hit with Charlie. Then why dress him in white onesies, we asked? "They're specifically to make these early meals so photogenic," Peter told us, and we can't help but agree. Enjoy the above photo of Charlie with his mom Sarah -- soon he won't look so clean!

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