The Pittsburgh Urban Gardening Project

The Pittsburgh Urban Gardening Project is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating people in ways to live healthy, sustainable lives.  We plant, grow and harvest fruits and vegetables around Pittsburgh with the goal of turning city streets into healthy eats.

Raspberry Season is back!!!

After gardening until sunset - there is nothing to top off your day like a handful of fresh raspberries.  For those of you that are not familiar with foraging for berries, the week leading up to the 4th of July and (depending on weather) potentially the week following the 4th of July are typically the best for black raspberry foraging in Western Pennsylvania.  Rain has been good this year so hopefully the harvest is just as plentiful!!!

MINDFUL MARKET - Produce provided by the PUGP

We just partnered with the owners of Mindful Brewing, a new micro-brewery that is under construction in Castle Shannon, to offer the "Mindful Market."  This farmers market will be set up from 9 am - 2 pm the 2nd Sunday of every month from 6/14 - 10/11.

The address is 3759 Library Road in Castle Shannon - the site of the former McGinnes Brothers Market.

Here is a shot of the arugula that we'll be selling along with the below list of additional vendors and grocery items.

Food Trucks:
1. Burgh Bites

2. Las Palmas

3. Peace, Love, and Little Donuts


Products available for purchase:

1. Arugula from the Pittsburgh Urban Gardening Project

2. Grass fed/grass finished beef, Kale, Lettuce, Zucchini from Clarion River Organics

3. Free range eggs (and CSA registration) from Big Horn Ranch

4. Homemade granola, trail mix, and energy protein balls - all made with high quality ingredients and love

5. CR Bakery Co. - best biscotti you will ever have

6. Bergles Apiary Local Honey

7. Too Cute pet accessories

8. Body scrubs

9. Jarred organic chopped tomatoes

10. Organic salsa

11. Killer Bloody Mary mix

12. Honey puffed spelt

13. Strong Stride - Greek yogurt nutrition bars and fitness dvd's

14. Fresh floral bouquets


Knee High by the 4th of July

They say corn should be knee high by the 4th of July so if you haven't planted it yet, you're running a little behind schedule.  I planted some on 7/7/2014 and got very little out of it so I highly recommend getting your corn in ASAP if you haven't already.  This post is a little late, I planted back at the beginning of June and the crop is about 1 foot high at this point.

Our 1st Farmers Market of the season!!!

It's official, we're running a farmers market the 2nd Sunday of every month at 3759 Library Road in Castle Shannon.  These markets will be in the parking lot of the future microbrewery - Mindful Brewing.  We're dubbing the market the "Mindful Market" in tribute.  Keep an eye out for the list of confirmed vendors!

Garlic is a boss

Apparently garlic doesn't mind weeks of sub-zero winter temperatures, variable spring temperatures and extremely wet weather because it couldn't look healthier.


Planted in October hoping to pull in June or July.

To Soak or Not to Soak Seeds - Part 4

After 2 weeks the seeds performing the worst were Batch 3 (the seeds soaked in tap water with soap for 2 days). Even the dry seeds had more sprouts at this point and Batch 1 was starting to show signs of Tomato leaves, no longer solely sprout leaves.  I feel comfortable at this point concluding that you should soak your seeds in tap water.  Next batch, I will test soaking times against each other (1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 days).

To Soak or Not to Soak Seeds - Part 3

4/29 - After 1 week Batch 1 had a commanding lead over the seeds from Batch 2 and Batch 3.

Batch 2 seemed to be performing 2nd best but Batch 2 and 3 were fairly close in performance at this point in the experiment.

Batch 1 - Soaked in tap water for 2 days.

Batch 2 - Soaked in tap water with soap for 2 days

Batch 3 - no soaking

To Soak or Not to Soak Seeds - Part 2

4/22 - With the help of our first 2 volunteers of the season, we took the science experiment to the next level today and planted all three batches of the San Marzano Tomato seeds.

We also planted some heirloom cucumber seeds, heirloom basil seeds, Anaheim Chilis and Jalapenos.

To Soak or Not to Soak Seeds

4/12 - All of my seeds for the year arrived in the mail today.  I purchased them from and really like the website.  They have multiple varieties of almost every single plant you can imagine and are extremely informative.  The user reviews are also very extensive so that helped me in my decision making process regarding which seeds to buy.

Now a science experiment.  I've been reading that soaking your seeds for anywhere from 1-5 days prior to planting helps them grow faster and healthier.  I've also read that, in order to keep bacteria down during this process, it's good practice to add a hint of Dial Gold hand soap to the water.  I decided to test these theories.  I will be planting 3 batches of San Marzano Tomatoes.

Batch 1 - soaked in tap water for 2 days

Batch 2 - soaked in tap water with a hint of dial gold soap for 2 days

Batch 3 - no soaking