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Urban Gardens

Urban gardens are taking root in cities across the country, allowing city dwellers who otherwise have little gardening space to put their green thumbs to good use.

They're often organized by dedicated volunteers who transform unused spaces like abandoned lots into beneficial gardens.

The land may be divided into smaller plots, or planted as a single garden that donates its harvest to a local organization.

If you're interested in urban gardening, be sure to have the soil tested before you break ground. You'll need tests that will reveal what nutrients are present in the soil, as well as any harmful elements like lead or mercury.

Urban gardens can beautify neighborhoods, raise the quality of life for local residents, and of course, provide nutritious food.

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