A Taste of Sugar Beet Edible Garden Tour 2014

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By Deb Quantock McCarey

Contributing reporter/Nature blogger

Good urban gardeners can grow just about anything, anywhere, almost any way one can imagine if their soil is healthy, they have enough sun, and the weather conditions are right.

So, veggies, herbs and fruits can be cultivated -- especially in an urban setting -- -- in the earth;  out of a raised bed, as well as almost any shape and sized new or repurposed growing container, and even hydroponically in nutrient-rich water.  Some urban farmers go with hugoculture, which is creating a self-composting mound in which to cultivate edibles. 

Okay, listen up:  especially for us gardeners who live in tight spaces, homegrown fruits, herbs and veggies can be grown up a purchased, or homemade trellis, on a large chain link fence, or decoratively on any number of DIY dual-purpose creations, such as the cucumber teepee/reading nook I saw on this year's Sugar Beet Edible Garden tour 2014

We visited five out of the twelve sites, so here's a taste of local gardeners who are employing everything from bees to chickens to the art and science of hugoculture to help their veggies grow.  

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Loved the Video, love loved the tour!!!  

Posted: July 28th, 2014 8:05 PM

Thanks for sharing the video. I love these 12 locations for allowing the community to come and learn about what's going on in their very own backyards. Went on the tour, feel connected to neighbors, the community and mother nature. thanks sugar beet!!!

Deb Quantock McCarey from Oak Park  

Posted: July 28th, 2014 7:30 PM

Thank you Cheryl, Don and "fan." This blog is all about the community of gardeners, and what we as gardeners can share and learn from each other. I look forward to meeting more green and garden folks who can share what they have learned in their gardens, so we can all grow together.

Don Nekrosius from Oak Park  

Posted: July 28th, 2014 6:18 PM

Sugar Beet is taking us where we all should go: Local, edible, organic and communal. And then Deb and Kevin take us on a tour through edible backyard efforts ala Baz Lurhman (sp?) to homeowners, a school garden and a community plot. You all should know that while the camera lens captures some of what is there and the gardeners spin a momentary tale, there is a great deal more to experience in each location. Deb and Kevin's efforts are our keyhole into wonderful gardens and gardeners.

Fan of Deb  

Posted: July 28th, 2014 11:52 AM

Deb--You are the best--always bringing the best out of all things garden. :)

Cheryl Munoz from Oak Park  

Posted: July 28th, 2014 11:27 AM

What a great video! Thank you for sharing your experience of the tour. You saw some things that I missed and captured some of my favorite sites. Thank you!

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