- Author: Loren Nelson
This issue focuses on the opportunities afforded to smaller-scale more diverse suburban and urban landscapes which are not available to commercial growers.
This could take the form of tolerating a little imperfection while waiting for “good bugs” to build up their numbers to knock down pest populations.
It could involve more intensive soil creation by setting up a vermicompost bin to capture kitchen scraps and junk mailers or learning how to identify the diversity of largely-harmless fungi doing their part to rebuild the soil structure.
It could mean diverting some water from laundry, showers and sinks to irrigate the landscape before recharging the water table. Be sure to bring all your urban farming questions to the OC Fair where the Master Gardeners will be out in full force to share research-backed tips.
Don't forget to visit our website at http://mgorange.ucanr.edu for past issues of the Garden Beet and more detailed information for your gardening needs.
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