You have found the home of InsideUrbanGreen.org, successor to InsidePlantsLive.org and Greenscaper.net started in 2004.
There is a wealth of information about the maintenance and growing of indoor plants (aka houseplants) in the archives of IPL.org. It is equivalent to what you would expect to find in a book on the subject. Moving forward, I will gradually transfer the most valuable information to this new blog.
The use of modern, scientific methods of container plant maintenance will continue to be the main theme. However, the content is broadened to include personal, or family food production. This is often called “urban agriculture”.
I believe the ultimate locovore grows at home, be it a rooftop, balcony or paved surface. You will find here that turned earth is not necessary.
Read on and return. This blog now includes current information about vegetable growing as well as the maintenance of decorative foliage and flowering indoor plants (commonly referred to as “houseplants”).
The Center for Urban Greenscaping
The center was founded to meet an unfilled need here in New York City. There is no institution that I know of here in the city teaching box, bed and bucket container gardening using modern methods of sub-irrigation and hydroculture.
Both manual overhead watering and drip irrigation are less effective for watering plants growing in containers. When sub-irrigated planters are used properly, they produce healthier plants and more vegetables using less water and personal time.
Box, bed and bucket planters are flexible and portable. If you rent, they move with you. If your community garden needs to relocate, rent a moving truck and away you go to the new location.
This is a functional map of the Center for Urban Greenscaping. Its primary objectives at the current time are green job creation and urban food production.
The Rooftop Garden Project
Watch The Rooftop Garden Project video and you'll understand why I have such admiration for these young people. It is a world class project, one worthy for us to emulate here in the U.S.