Spring Garden

Spring Garden

As the rainy days of April begin, gardeners of all types are gearing up for the new planting season. Two major focuses of everyone who cultivates in the springtime are fertilizing and weed control. Fertilizing is the practice of making sure the soil has all the nutrients needed to provide optimum fertility and production for the growing season of the plant. There are six primary nutrients that plants require. Plants get the first three—carbon, hydrogen and oxygen—from air and water. The other three are nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. Organic and…

How to Help the Honeybees

Lately there seems to be a lot of talk about honeybees and other pollinators, for the last few years especially. What is a pollinator? What is all the talk about? A pollinator is an animal, often an insect, which causes plants to make fruit or seeds. Local pollinators can range from bees and butterflies to hummingbirds, bats, moths, beetles and more. Most of the attention seems to stem from the concern that over the past 10 years the United States has lost over 50% of its managed honeybee colonies, according…

Spring Gardening in Detroit

Spring Gardening

Spring is just around the corner and for Detroit gardeners of all types that means planning and anticipating a new growing season. Detroit is quickly gaining a positive national reputation as a food mecca. Visitors from all over the world are starting to turn to Detroit as a leader in the local, GMO-free food movement. In January of 2017, The New York Times listed Detroit as a top travel destination worldwide. In February 2017, National Geographic listed Detroit as “North America’s top Unexpected Food City.” This is wonderful news for…

Fall Garden Maintenance

Fall Garden Maintenance

Thanksgiving’s winter weather is just around the corner and Detroit is busy preparing for cold temperatures, ice and snow. If you are a local grower, local food enthusiast, or anyone who values in-season flavor, fall often means harvesting, planting cold-tolerant crops, tucking root crops in for the winter and cleaning up dead foliage. Many gardens, homesteads and farms grow garlic, carrots, radishes, broccoli, kale, brussel sprouts, beets, turnips, onions, lettuce, spinach and more in the cool fall months and late winter. Much of this growing is made possible thanks to…

Homegrown from a Concerned Mother

Homegrown from a Concerned Mother

I am not an expert nor do I have a degree or sell anything for financial gain, I’m just a mother trying to do what is right for my family. All day every day, we are exposed to toxins- from the products we put on our skin to the food we put in our mouths. Even the air we breathe and the modern medicine we trust is and can be toxic. All of us are guilty of being so busy that we have to lean on a lifestyle of convenience…

The Dirt on Urban Farming in the ‘D’

Urban Farming

Detroit offers many opportunities as it pertains to urban farming. For anyone up for some adventure and hard work, the end reward can be a stable, secure, and unheard of return on investment in today’s volatile market. Let me explain: For starters, land in Detroit can be purchased at a starting price of $500 per lot, via www.BuildingDetroit.org. There is NO other city in America that offers land and homes that affordably. Of course, there is much rehab to be done on any property listed but that is to be…