OK, we know this slideshow is long at 25 minutes. But there was so much interesting and useful information in this interview that we wanted to share it with you, so just think of it as an informative public radio interview with some pictures, which is what it is.

Whether you’re a new urban gardener (like millions of other Americans doing it for the first time this year) just getting the hang of a small raised bed, or an old hand who wants a refresher course, you’ll want to listen to this great mini-course on organic urban gardening with Elise Bowan of Pikes Peak Urban Gardens.

How to make a cheap hoop house, when to harvest, when to replant, how to prune your tomatoes, how to prepare rich soil for next year with minimal weeding, ideas for beds that don’t require buying expensive materials, etc.—there’s much here to learn and relearn and quite a lot to look at.

p.s. If you don’t want to hear the whole interview, we still recommend briskly clicking through the pictures of amazing gardens and vegetables.

(We love to hear from you! Leave a comment or email us at the bigsomething@krcc.org. Thanks!)

 

7 Responses to A Midsummer's Urban Gardening Primer

  1. Elizabeth Augustyn says:

    I love what PPUG is doing by promoting local organic gardening. This video interview with Elise Bowan is great, I learned a lot and was inspired by the beautiful plants and flowers. Thank you!

  2. Matt H says:

    I saw some empty land in my neighborhood and threw some seeds around. Carrots and zuchinni are doing very well. Yes, i’m tresspassing but no one seems to mind. If anyone wants to take what I grow i’m ok w/ that. The physical excercise and pride in my success is reward enough. Everyone should at least try to grow something. A Big something.

  3. Meredith Roach says:

    Wow! This slideshow w/ audio was beautifully done, and informative. PPUG is really living up to their mission of bringing together communities and promoting urban gardening. I was inspired to hear what they are doing with Dale House! As a fairly new resident to COS, I’m happy to say that this community makes me feel so welcome and eager to get further involved. To Elise – keep up the great work! To KRCC, thanks for this great programming.

  4. Wonderful ways of gardening at any age, even more so in retirement here at the shores of the Chesapeake Bay near Annapolis in Maryland. For the peace of mind we planted peas which were swiftly eaten up by a small Easter Binny! However our bush wax beans gave a repeated good harvest. Tomatoes are a tasty addition to the kitchen,so are the cucumbers for salad or cold cucumber soup.
    Even the MAIS = CORN was a success when broken on time!
    And now our several fig trees will provide another bumper crop in mid Augast till the end of September.

    Happy harvesting, Martha M. Fiedler august 14, 2009 in Sans Souci

  5. Nice! I learned a bunch of stuff listening to this. Thank you.

  6. Tony says:

    Very informative information, this will help me in my gardening. Thanks loads, greatly appreciated. Just love gardening.

  7. Liz Arnold says:

    I finally made time to watch this – how wonderful! I have a small garden this year in my front yard, and am thankful for the information regarding the tomatoes, and other veggies for this region. I too have zucchini the size of baseball bats! Loved hearing about the “Three Sisters”. Inspiration for next year! Thanks for the productive 25 minutes!

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