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Martinez believes that urban gardening

shares some of the same revolutionary, DIY


principles as punk rock, and sustains her
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spare piece of earth she can find—including a intimidating, but the trick is knowing Turn your passion for
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narrow patch of grass near where she parks her
resources to go from seedling student to
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car. She waters her citrus trees with collected
shower water, uses homemade compost as master planter.
fertilizer, and suggests routine crop rotation to Anarchy in the Garden
minimize pests and soil-borne diseases. Her From planting seeds to plating fresh
blog is full of gardening success stories, such zucchini pasta, blogger Adriana Martinez
as preparing daily meals—Raw Vegan Angel offers readers more than just great insight
Hair “Pasta” with Pesto, for starters—entirely into backyard gardening—she shares
from homegrown greens, but, just as important tasty recipes, too.
to Martinez, the blog also details her failures. > anarchyinthegarden.com
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Just as Martinez has inspired the Green Guerillas
metropolitan masses to get their hands dirty For more than 37 years, New York City (800) 987-7530
with her backyard farm in California, urban, non-profit Green Guerillas has been www.BaumanCollege.org
vegan gardener Mike Lieberman debunked helping communities throughout the five
the myth that planting requires acres of land boroughs open, maintain, and cultivate
by harvesting crops on his Manhattan fire community gardens.
escape. Born and raised in New York City, with > greenguerillas.org
no knowledge of agriculture, Lieberman is a
successful, self-taught gardener. More than Urban Organic Gardener
a year ago, Lieberman began documenting He’s proven that it’s possible to grow a
his foray into farming on his blog Urban thriving garden on a New York City fire
Organic Gardener, which has since become a escape, and now plant-based blogger
destination site for people curious about urban Mike Lieberman has taken his gardening
crop growing. Despite season changes and adventures to sunny Los Angeles.
weather challenges, Lieberman enjoyed an > urbanorganicgardener.com
impressive growing season on his fire escape Window Farms
in 2009, with greens sprouting from May until Find free how-to guides for building
December. In April, Lieberman moved from vertical gardens in small urban spaces.
Manhattan to Los Angeles and plans to grow This DIY site encourages gardeners to
year round from his new Southern California work together to troubleshoot problems
balcony. Like Martinez, Lieberman hopes to and build community.
motivate others to grow their own food through > windowfarms.org
his blog, offering everything from how-to guides
on building self-watering containers to his
opinions about which plants produce the most
generously. “It would make a big difference if
everyone just grew one thing. You don’t have to
invest much money: Just take a soda bottle, cut
Photo by Lisa Callamaro

the top off, get some organic soil, buy an herb


plant or lettuce, and start growing.”

VegNews Editorial Assistant Liz Miller would like


to grow an avocado tree in her apartment.

Garden state: blogger Adriana Martinez


in her bountiful backyard VN celebrates 10! vegnews.com VegNews 113