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Sugarloaf Chicory
This type of chicory, when grown correctly, can be sweeter than you think.


Even though the radish was the first edible crop I ever grew, I still don’t seem to be growing them correctly. Follow these "what not to do” tips.


Adding Value to Vegetables
Adding that extra "umph" to your vegetables before selling them might help you sell more.


Sweet Corn
It's difficult to find sweet corn in Italy outside of Tuscany, but I'll get some seeds growing this year.


An Abundance of Borage (Starflower)
Borage spontaneously grows in nearly every corner of everyone's yard. It's a great substitute (or addition) to your usual steamed greens.


Dutch Squash
Although the taxonomy of squash confuses me sometimes, I can still figure out which squash flourishes in my little area.


Wild Fennel
Wild fennel grows on its own in my garden, which my neighbors love.


Mapo - A Favorite Italian Fruit
By Rick Gush, Urban Farm contributor


How to Grow Beets
Growing big beets is more difficult than smaller ones, but they're generally pretty easy to grow.


Ornamental Kale
There’s kale, and then there’s ornamental kale, which is more looks than substance.


About the Blogger

Rick Gush Blogger

Rick Gush
Rick Gush has been a staunch organic gardener since his high school days.  He attended the University of California at Davis for biological sciences, working at local tomato and sugar beet farms while a student. He continued in the California agricultural and horticultural industries for many years, though a career move in the 1990s led him to design computer games. No matter how much of a techie he’s become, gardening and farming remain his principal passions, providing a precious opportunity to get out from behind the computer keyboard.

In 2000, Rick moved to Italy, where he writes to you about his cliff garden and other experiences in Italian urban agriculture.

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