Urban agriculture is exciting many folks for many reasons: sustainability, beauty, good food and personal and community well being. Cities (and suburbs) can and do produce a lot of food! Milwaukee, Detroit, and Havana are compelling examples.
At a terrific talk given by Donald Mitchell, conservation biologist, Master Gardener, and hummingbird specialist from the University of Minnesota, I learned which flowers not only attract hummingbirds but also give them the most nectar.
Some lucky plants have names that entice you to buy them: Baby Bunny Bellies, Fairy Foxglove, Bells of Ireland, Cupid’s Dart. Other plants, through no fault of their own, have less appealing names: Bloody Dock, Lungwort, Bitter Root, Viper’s Bugloss, and
Do you like to grow strange plants? Not just plants you don’t know, but really odd plants like something out of a Dr. Seuss book?Last year I grew the inedible, just-for-fun Nipple Fruit (Solanum mammosum) and was pleased that the unusual and knobby ye