About This Blog

Welcome to my adventures in urban gardening!

I live in Brooklyn, NY (Zone 7a) (make that 7b according to the NEW, recently revised official USDA NY Plant Zone Hardiness Map from )

My husband and I are lucky enough to have a backyard here, so I’ve been getting back to growing food again.

I’ve grown vegetables all of my life, but I’m a newbie when it comes to planting and caring for most perennials. I have lots to learn and I’m enjoying the process!

My garden is a continual work in progress. It is a playground, creative outlet, meditation, supplemental food source, and my own little oasis in this big city.  I garden organically and I try to attract and care for wildlife.

One day I hope to live in the country again and maybe even have a few chickens and goats.  In the meantime I try to do as much gardening, cooking, bread-baking, canning, and knitting as I can here in the city…usually with a cat on my lap, nearby, or watching me through a window.

I love connecting with other gardeners and crafters and I welcome your comments and feedback!

15 thoughts on “About This Blog

  1. Great blog! I’m having fun exploring it. A couple of general comments — you chose the same template I did for another blog I have under construction and it’s helpful to see it in action. Thanks!

    And — though my husband and I have finally scored nearly unlimited space for gardening, we can’t do livestock, either. We dream (or rather I do) of a couple of layers and a couple of Silkies (they are gorgeous). And an alpaca or two. Don’t ask…

    • Oh Tricia, I am with you on the alpacas here. You’re preaching to the choir. It’s one thing to be in the city and not be able to have them/chickens/goats, but to actually have land and not be able to have them…what a shame! Sorry to hear that. You’ll just have to keep yourself busy with those newly-created garden beds! Good luck! 😉

      • OK, I am completely lost here! I’ve been looking for the post you did about the garlic and can’t find it! I’m a bit of a newbie on the complexities of being notified when someone responds to a comment on WordPress, but I did want to let you know about the garlic. The hardnecks have that distinctive neck (a duh moment for me), which is what’s left of the scapes once you cut them off and eat them with delighted abandon!!! I love them — only managed to score them once at a farmer’s market, left them in the bottom of the crisper for about 3 months until I finally read up on what to do with them, ground them up, froze them and had them all winter when the store-bought garlic was terrible. They are great! The hardneck varieties also just have a few large cloves and none of those niggly little things you end up throwing away anyway.

        I’m also growing some in a container on my “sunny” windowsill — post to come.

        There’s a post somewhere on my blog about alpacas…now if I can just find my way back to it…

    • Hi Mary and Jim, wow – I’m very flattered! I’m hoping “our story” will continue to change and evolve toward more garden space, animals, and a higher degree of self-sufficiency! For now, we do the best we can in the city. I’ll be in touch and let you know more – thanks!

      • Hi Aimee…any further thought on sharing your story for our weekly “Tell Us Your Story” blog post? We would love to share your story and everything you do to help inspire others.

        Please let us know
        Thanks
        Jim and Mary

  2. Saw your post on the anti-Monsanto rally and thought you might like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s10MyrfoYrA

    Monsanto has to be stopped. Thanks for that spread. My wife and I have been fixing up stone farmhouses in Co. Kerry Ireland on a Roundup-free 60-acre farm — it probably will come down to small unaffected plots to re-seed the agricultural main plains after the genetic catastrophe being brewed by the M monster . . .

    • Thanks for stopping by, Michael! How great that you’ve written a song to help get word out about this. Fixing up stone farmhouses in Ireland sounds amazing – glad you have safe land to work on! Best of luck.

  3. I just “discovered” your blog by way of Gardening in the Lines – I absolutely love your stunning photos! I’m an urban gardener myself and an avid canner, so this is right up my alley. Great work!!

    • Thanks, Sheryl! I’m glad you found me and I look forward to checking the blog of another urban gardener! I really got back into canning last year and have big plans for this year. 🙂 Jam season is just around the corner!

  4. Hi from Flowery Prose! I’ve nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award and the Very Inspirational Blogger Award! Your nomination is on my Virtual Bouquets tab. (If you’re not participating in these awards, please accept my sincere apologies).

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