Alameda Backyard Growers

Alison Limoges &nbsp&nbsp The lack of a backyard doesn’t mean a garden is out of the question. Follow some simple guidelines to get a small-space garden going.

Gardening on Balconies or Small Spaces

May 10,2018

Although the city of Alameda and Bay Farm Island historically had considerable farm land, and still have some large yards, many of us live in multifamily units that, at best, have small patios or balconies.

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Photos by Marla Koss &nbsp&nbsp At left, the same branch of a peach tree photographed before (above) and after (below) culling of excess fruit. The process of culling excess fruit from a tree in spring prevents a fruit tree from overcommitting itself, broken branches from heavy fruit loads and biennial bearing, meaning producing fruit on alternate years.

Fruit Trees 101, Part Three: Spring Tasks

Apr 12,2018

As Alameda’s deciduous fruit trees have come out of dormancy, passers-by might be forgiven for having simply enjoyed the beauty of their blossoms, unaware of the dynamic little miracle advancing the tree’s true mission.

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Courtesy photo &nbsp&nbsp A 600-gallon water tank, shown here with bracing, can store water for when it becomes scarce and keep gardens alive during a drought.

Gardening in a Time of Drought

Mar 08,2018

The impending return of the drought presents challenges for Alameda gardeners. Fortunately, there are some ways to mitigate the impact, protect the soil and save water. Soil is key here.

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Kick-off a Year of Sustainable Gardening

Dec 28,2017

Join Alameda Backyard Growers (ABG) as they kick off their “Year of Sustainable Gardening” for a free screening of filmmaker Mark Kitchell’s new film: Evolution of Organic at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 11, at Rhythmix Cultural Works.

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Kari Barnes  This intrepid group of planters all helped Alameda Sun-funded trees take root in Italo’s Garden at the Alameda Boys & Girls Club on Dec. 21.

Project Tree Taking Root

Dec 29,2016

 

Earlier this year the Alameda Sun presented the Alameda Backyard Growers (ABG) with a specific donation for a specific purpose (“Project Tree Seeded,” April 14). The idea was to seed a tree planting program in Alameda that would help restore and maintain the city’s urban forest. 

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