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.

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Back in the day when I was young, I'm not a kid anymore

I used to pick wild black raspberries because they grew all around my house.  I grew out of it for a while but now that I'm not a kid anymore, I realize that the hunter/gatherer lifestyle is pretty sweet.  So today, I wish you a happy beginning to the black raspberry season.  For those aspiring gatherers out there, the two weeks leading up to the 4th of July are typically the best to find ripe black raspberries in Western Pennsylvania. 

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How to trim lettuce

The great thing about lettuce is that after you cut all of the leaves off to eat, it grows more so you can keep making salads with a small investment in some seeds and the proper cutting technique. 

 

When the leaves are about 3" long, they're ready to harvest.  Clean a pair of scissors to make sure you're not transferring any bacteria to the plant.  Pull all of the leaves into one bunch and cut about 1/2" - 3/4" above the soil.  Do this with each of your plants until you have enough for a salad.  I cut half of my lettuce leaves on Friday of last week and the second half on Sunday.  You can already see the new leaves sprouting and it's only Tuesday! 

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Grazie alla famiglia Minella

Garden #1 is complete.  Thank you Minella family for donating a total garden to the Pittsburgh Urban Gardening Project.  Today we planted 30 pickling cucumber plants, and 3 tomato plants.  We'll also be adding a cuc tracker in the weeks to come so the family can compete on which plant will produce the most cuc's.  My pick.... second from the center.  I'll let you know how I do.

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