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Urban Gardening Resources

Below are top resources on SparkPeople for Urban Gardening.

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Why Getting Outside is So Good for You

John Keats once wrote, "The poetry of the earth is never dead." Poet or not, almost all of us have been awestruck by nature at one time or another. Whether it's running at sunset on a sandy white beach, walking alongside a cool tri...  Read more

A Beginner's Guide to Composting

When organic matter such as leaves, grass clippings and food scraps break down, you get compost, a dark, dirt-like "soil" that is rich in nutrients. Compost happens even without human involvement; for example, the leaves that fall on the fo...  Read more

The Benefits of Growing Your Own Food

Environmentalists have been admonishing us for years to conserve fuel to lessen our impact on the planet. Some of us have taken heed by walking, biking, carpooling, combining trips, or trading in our SUVs for hybrids. While you probably appreciate th...  Read more

Slim in the City

The hottest restaurants, the best museums, the latest trends: City living puts the good life at your fingertips. But with those perks often come long commutes, even longer work hours, cramped living quarters, and hectic schedules, all of which can ma...  Read more

Walking and Running Tips for City Dwellers

Living in a big city can be exciting. If you reside in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago or San Francisco, you have access to some of the hottest and trendiest health clubs and group exercise classes right in your back yard. And even if you live in...  Read more

#firstpost. Any 65 - Spark fans here? I get lots of exercise gardening, have been walking 2mi. dai
Updated 8/27/2016 2:11:30 PM

#firstpost. Any 65 - Spark fans here? I get lots of exercise gardening, have been walking 2mi. daily for 3mo. I want to do more but I can't figure why I'm still as tired afterward ad when I started. Any suggestions?...  Read more

Olive garden? Any healthy choices? I'm going on a
Updated 8/25/2016 12:27:56 AM

Olive garden? Any healthy choices? I'm going on a special date there tom night...  Read more

Heavy gardening today, moving planters, digging ou
Updated 8/24/2016 8:26:21 PM

Heavy gardening today, moving planters, digging out shrubbery, cutting out overgrowth, followed by 3 hours of moving rocks. Thankfully only a few of the rocks were 100 pounders, rolled those. Now off to start the BBQ :)...  Read more

Went to lunch with family yesterday Olive garden..
Updated 8/18/2016 1:56:36 PM

Went to lunch with family yesterday Olive garden...menu not diet friendly..me to waiter "need to know calories in what" boom 2 minutes later complete printed list in my hand. .....= yum healthy lunch...  Read more

Has anyone used a "garden of life" product called
Updated 8/16/2016 1:36:39 PM

Has anyone used a "garden of life" product called "raw protein and greens", it is a plant protein shake that is very expensive so I am looking for a cheaper alternative....  Read more

How Gardening Can Improve Your Health, Fitness, Mood and Nutrition

How Gardening Can Improve Your Health, Fitness, Mood and NutritionModern living tends to sever your connection to the natural world, and many are now starting to recognize just how important a connection with the land is for health and happiness.Heal...  Read more

Soup is good food.

I eat a cup of broth-based soup with a little protein in it before my afternoon and evening meals. It really helps me feel satiated faster and keeps me from going back for seconds on more caloric items. For supreme convenience I make a big batch of s...  Read more

Gardening

Anyone who loves gardening and wants to combine this love with their desire to be fit and healthy!...  Read more

Tasting 'Game' Helps Kids Accept New Veggies

A round-up of the most interesting and thought-provoking stories of the week. At-home 'tasting game' helps kids accept vegetablesA really cool idea to get kids to chomp on new-to-them foods! ReutersReal Beauty Doesn’t Need Retouching, B...  Read more

Poll: Do You Grow Any of Your Own Food?

Like most of you, I love spring—and not just because it allows me to enjoy the outdoors. I am also excited because it marks the start of gardening season! With all the environmental and economic troubles we're facing, gardening is on the ri...  Read more

Growing Green: Urban gardening 101.

I will start this post by saying that I won the battle against the marshmellows... I think I ate like 2. So I'm going to start tracking my experiences gardening. We live in the middle of the 3rd largest city in PA. Our yard is 1/10 an acre and...  Read more

Urban Gardening Tips Needed!

I would love to grow my own vegetables. Alas, I am a creature of the city with an apartment with very little backyard space that is exposed to the sun. I've been so inspired (and jealous) of people and their spring gardening plans that I'v...  Read more