Edible Gardens

An urban dweller’s guide to cultivating vegetables, fruits, and (a sampling of) livestock

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Not since Laura Ingalls Wilder made farming every city slicker’s dream have we pursued living off the land so intently. We’ll show you that you don’t need a prairie to grow fantastic crops yearround (a front yard will do) or a hundred acres for an all-you-can-eat orchard. If you play it smart, and we’ll tell you how, you can even keep a few barnyard animals–and not have the neighbors storming the gates.

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The Front Yard Is the New Back

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A woodsy fragrance—what the cedars of Lebanon must have smelled like—drifts into my living room. I realize it’s coming from the mulch in my new vegetable garden. Like others I was swept up in the if-Michelle-Obama-can-wield-a-shovel fever… Read

 
 

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    Eight nurseries that are produce standouts


  • Sweetening the Pot

    On a hilltop in Brentwood, a fruit fancier reaps the rewards of a half acre filled with trees


  • Extended Family

    One Pasadena homestead embraces the hooved and feathered elements of life on the farm


  • Animal Rites

    The feeds and other needs of a farmer’s friends


  • Not Your Old MacDonald

    With the proper care, some barnyard residents can transition to city dwellers


  • The Pros to Know

    The picker/preserver, composter, and beekeeper keeping local gardens a cut above


  • Sprout This

    We’ve known folks who collect seed packets as art, but it’s the little lumps inside that are the big draw

 

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