Archive for the ‘Philadelphia’ Category

Time does Fly – Blog Update

It has been quite a while since I last updated this blog and I’ve carefully pondered the future of this blog.  Honestly, I like this little garden blog too much to just push it aside.

However, it has come to my attention that Anderson Cooper would like his followers to believe that using the word ‘urban’ is code for racism. This blog reflects the complexities of gardening in an urban area, regardless of the color of your skin, gardening in Philly is a challenge. I’ve risen to this challenge to prove what can be grown in urban settings – hence the name of the blog – Urban Garden Goddess.

Do you think the use of the word ‘Urban’ in this context is racist? Leave your answer in the poll below.


All those answering ‘Yes’, please leave your evidence-based reason(s) with supporting links in the comment section.


Philly PodCamp 2011

Podcamp Philly

Podcamp Philly

This weekend, October 1 & 2, finds me at PodCamp Philly.  What is PodCamp?  It is a barcamp-style unconference focusing on blogging, video casting and social media.  Excellent lectures today filled with information that I plan to integrate into the blog. Some material presented today can also be cross-walked into my professional career. This was a day well spent in the pursuit of knowledge.

Check back here for write-ups of the lectures and, of course, more photographs.


My Little Garden Garners Another Award

I’m two for two with gardening and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) city-wide garden contest.  I was pleasantly surprised to receive notice of my garden placing third in mid-sized individual vegetable garden category.

I Rule the Garden

This award is a great achievement after all the frustrating challenges, seedling disasters, landscaping nightmare and bone breaking that went on this growing season.  In the end, the lessons learned this year far outweighed all the obstacles. I am looking forward to the next season in the garden.

Below are a few photos taken at the 2011 PHS Fall Harvest Festival and City Garden Contest Winner reception:

PHS City Gardens Award Ceremony

2011 City Gardens Contest

PHS Green Machine


Pretty Squash & Pumkin

101 in 1001 is Live

“The tragedy of life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach.”

Benjamin E. Mays

 August 20th, 2011 thru May 18th 2014.

Today marks the first day of my 101 in 1001 journey. You can find my 101 list HERE , stay tuned as I update my progress.

2011 PHS City Garden Contest

Saturday three delightful judges representing the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) toured my little urban vegetable garden.

2011 PHS City Gardens Contest

All three judges appeared to appreciate diversity within my veggies and herbs. Judging will continue till August 12th, so I have some time to wait before I know the outcome of my garden.

Grow, Baby, Grow!

Back in the day, say a week or two ago, my Tomato patch looked nice and tidy:


My little munch kins have rapidly grown to nearly taller than my good self. I’m 5’6 and I can see eye to ‘eye’ with my tomato plants. Is this normal? Have I created a monster? I posed for a picture next to the plants so you can see the height of these plants. FYI: Please disregard the hair as the photo was taken shortly after a four mile run.
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War Has Been Declared


And I don’t need Congressional approval to do so.

A rather pesky squirrel has been relentlessly attacking my corn seedlings. I’ve replaced countless seedlings. This destruction has forced me to net the raised bed containing the corn and to deploy a rodent-be-gone bitter spray around the raised bed. It took a while to find a product that wasn’t deadly to domestic animals. So far this week, I’ve seen no more damage to the crops and managed to harvest a handful of beans from this bed. I’m attempting a ‘Three Sisters’ growing method where you plant corn, squash and pole beans along one another. The three plants are complimentary to each other; the corn provides structure for the pole beans to climb, the pole bean roots add nitrogen to the soil that the corn needs for its growth, and the squash provides ground cover to prevent weeds from growing.

Sounds dishy doesn’t it? I’ve wanted to try this Indian technique in the garden and I will NOT allow the actions of a marauding squirrel to thwart me.

Stay tuned, this story is just getting started…

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