The Man's Guide to Growing an Urban Garden

Get your hands dirty with landscaper Jonathan Yevin.

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What are the necessary tools to maintain a small urban garden or a larger suburban yard?

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What are the challenges of urban landscaping?

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What are your thoughts on the recent terrarium craze?

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What's the best type of low-maintenance garden?

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How do you create a a fire-escape or rooftop garden?

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What are your go-to gardening tools?

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What is your gardening philosophy?

Traditionally a garden is defined as an enclosure—a place to create a personalized fantasy landscape. My approach is to incorporate functional spaces like patios and decks and raised planting beds terraced by natural stone retaining walls. I prefer to mix introduced species with the wild, as opposed to the purist staying totally true to endemic nature, because it gives me more flexibility. Whatever approach you choose, look to natural habitats for your inspiration and use your own intuition. You know the nuances of your home better than any outside professional. Also, when anyone says they have a "black thumb," that just means they're lazy.

By Andi Teran

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