Wed April 16, 2014
The Salt

On Your Mark, Get Set, Grow: A Guide To Speedy Vegetables

Originally published on Fri April 18, 2014 8:39 am

Cherry Belle radishes grow superfast.
John Trainor Flickr

Yes, it is true that gardening requires patience.

But face it, we live in an impatient world. And gardeners everywhere were depressed by the brutal and endless winter. (True story: The polar vortex killed my fall kale crop!)

So we are understandably eager to get sowing. And to see results by ... well, if not next Thursday, then maybe mid-May?

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Sat April 12, 2014
Arts & Life

Six Easy Steps To Ensure Your Starter Plants Will Thrive

Plants should have strong leaves and side branches to ensure a successful transplant.
Credit WFIU Public Radio / Flickr - Creative Commons

Starting with healthy, vigorous plants is the key to a successful garden. Whether you buy your starter plants at the grocery, a big box store or your local garden center it’s important to be selective.

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Wed April 9, 2014
The Salt

Food Scraps To Fuel Vertical Farming's Rise In Chicago

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 11:28 am

Arugula plant beds inside The Plant, a vertical farm operation in Chicago.
Plant Chicago, NFP/Rachel Swenie

From plant factories fueled by the magenta glow of blue and red LED lights, to the 30-foot tall Ferris wheel for plants in Singapore, we've shown you the design possibilities for growing vegetables up instead of out.

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Wed April 9, 2014

Vertical Farming: Towering Vision, Uncertain Future

Large banks of fluorescent lamps provide the spectrum of light that keeps the floating beds of plants alive year-round in The Plant Chicago, a vertical farming facility.
Peter Gray Harvest Public Media

Farmers are making inroads supplying local food to hungry city foodies, but many producers are trying to grow more food in urban centers. City real estate is at a premium, so some producers are finding more space by using what’s called “vertical farming,” and going up rather than spreading out.

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Sat April 5, 2014
The Salt

Newbie Urban Gardeners Don't Realize How Much Soil Is Contaminated

Originally published on

Graze the Roof is a community-produced garden that grows vegetables on the rooftop of a church in San Francisco.
Sergio Ruiz/Flickr

The majority of Americans now live in cities, which means we have very little to do anymore with the production of our food.

But there's a reversal of that trend afoot, as more city people decide that they want to cultivate crops and raise some livestock. After all, there are few things more satisfying that biting than a bunch of tender, red radishes you grew yourself, or a fresh egg from the backyard.

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