Albopepper: Ideas for Drought Proof Urban Gardening!

Albopepper.com is all about bio-intensive, high intensity urban gardening. Combating poor soil and drought conditions is just one aspect of this site. Self-watering containers? Come here for info on SIPs (sub-irrigated planters), raised beds and general tips for success!
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My newly built DIY self-watering SIP raised wicking bed. #UrbanGardening #EasyGardening #WaterConservation

My newly built DIY self-watering SIP raised wicking bed.

SIP Raised Bed (Update 1) + Self-Watering Containers + How-To Monitor Mo...

SIP Raised Bed (Update + Self-Watering Containers + How-To Monitor Moisture Levels

This is an example of a typical DIY SIP potting mix. This sample recipe contains Peat Moss Coir Vermiculite Perlite and Pine Bark Mulch. This will working for wicking raised beds or planters. #UrbanGardening #SelfWateringPlanters #WickingBeds #PottingMixRecipes

This is an example of a typical DIY SIP potting mix. This sample recipe contains Peat Moss Coir Vermiculite Perlite and Pine Bark Mulch. This will working for wicking raised beds or planters.

Pros and Cons of an In-ground Row Bed vs a Raised Bed. Advantages of raised beds include: 1) No Soil Compaction  2) Better Drainage  3) Easier Accessibility  4) Less Work for Spring Prep  5) Less Weeding  #RaisedBedGardens

Pros and Cons of an In-ground Row Bed vs a Raised Bed. Advantages of raised beds include: No Soil Compaction Better Drainage Easier Accessibility Less Work for Spring Prep Less Weeding

Should you invest in LED lighting technology? How soon will your light upgrade pay for itself?  To calculate your daily electrical cost you first need to know: Your cost of electricity (per kWhr). The hours of operation. And the EXACT wattage consumption of the light you are using. Once you know this, you can use my cost calculator to do the math for you:  http://albopepper.com/LED-grow-light-upgrade-cost-savings-calculator.php

Electrical Savings: LEDs & High Efficiency Upgrades (Home & Grow Light Cost vs Payoff Calculator)

Yet another garden update on my wicking bed.  The peppers, ground cherries and watermelons are doing very well.  Things are growing like crazy!  The Summer has gotten hot and dry. It has not quite been a drought, but we haven't gotten much rain. The plants are easy to water though and this sub-irrigated system has been a life-saver.  xD  I show my super easy method for watering. I also explain how the water disperses throughout the box. #UrbanGardening #SelfWateringBeds…

Grow HUGE garden plants with a wicking bed! The peppers, ground cherries and watermelons are doing very well. Things are growing like crazy! The Summer has g.

Blue light vs Red light. Which is better for vegetative growth??? Instinctively, the answer might seem obvious: Blue light is for vege! That basic mantra has been plastered all over the internet. But if the issue was so simple, then why is it that so many LED grow lights are sold using such a large ratio of red to blue? Why don't we see many pure blue "vege" lights?

Which is better for vegetative growth? Instinctively, the answer might seem obvious: Blue light is for vege! That basic mantra has.

Every year, a larger portion of our population is taking up residence in cities and suburban areas. Many urban dwellers would love to have a small garden and to grow their own food. But unfortunately, they may not own their own land. Want can a renter or tenant do to be able to garden in urban areas, even if they have no land to grow on?

Urban Gardening Tips for Renters: Self-Watering Containers / Rooftop Terraces / Community Gardens

BROCCOLI (gluten free) - Eating healthy can be hard enough in this society of processed food that offers lots of calories and little nutrition. But it's a million times worse for people with celiac disease! Constantly reading food labels to find gluten free products can be a pain. Fear not! Broccoli to the rescue!!!

BROCCOLI (gluten free) - Eating healthy can be hard enough in this society of processed food that offers lots of calories and little nutrition. But it's a million times worse for people with celiac disease! Constantly reading food labels to find gluten free products can be a pain. Fear not! Broccoli to the rescue!!!

My Mother in Law's Inexpensive Raised Bed Garden - No More Poor Soil! #EasyGardening #RaisedBedGardens #UrbanGardening

This Spring was exciting for my mother-in-law as we installed a brand new raised bed garden. We kept it simple by installing only a single garden bed.

kale (is greater than) cow  If heart disease doesn't get you, maybe global warming will. Do you know you can reduce the threat of both of these, just by cutting down on your beef intake? Raising industrial cattle sucks up a huge amount of resources and releases a massive amount of carbon dioxide into the air. Maybe we should consider eating a little more kale and a little less cow!

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kale (is greater than) cow If heart disease doesn't get you, maybe global warming will. Do you know you can reduce the threat of both of these, just by cutting down on your beef intake? Raising industrial cattle sucks up a huge amount of resources and releases a massive amount of carbon dioxide into the air. Maybe we should consider eating a little more kale and a little less cow!

Espalier fruits trees are a great way to grow fruit without requiring much space what-so-ever. I bought this Asian pear espalier online. Originally, it had 3 horizontal cordons, each tier was a unique variety that was grafted onto a single compact tree! Last year, the top 2 levels grew in a single Summer!!! :-D⠀ #UrbanGardening #FruitTrees #AsianPears #BackyardOrchard #FoodForest #Biointensive #HighDensity #SmallSpaceGardens #GraftedTrees #PearTree #EdibleLandscaping #Albopepper…

Espalier fruits trees are a great way to grow fruit without requiring much space what-so-ever. I bought this Asian pear espalier online. Originally, it had 3 horizontal cordons, each tier was a unique variety that was grafted onto a single compact tree! Last year, the top 2 levels grew in a single Summer!!! :-D⠀ #UrbanGardening #FruitTrees #AsianPears #BackyardOrchard #FoodForest #Biointensive #HighDensity #SmallSpaceGardens #GraftedTrees #PearTree #EdibleLandscaping #Albopepper…

When it comes to artificial lighting, not all lights perform equally. There is a broad range of variance in light spectrums. Prices will vary greatly. Some lights are more efficient than others. So what type of grow light is best for your needs?

When it comes to artificial lighting, not all lights perform equally. There is a broad range of variance in light spectrums. Prices will vary greatly. Some lights are more efficient than others. So what type of grow light is best for your needs?

Are you proud to be a gardener? Home grown, nutritious organic food. ZERO food miles from field to plate. Totally sustainable, self-renewable practices, with compost and worm castings. Well, what are you waiting for? Time to where it on your sleeve... or your chest I suppose.  ;)

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