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James Lissy

James Lissy

James Lissy is an avid urban farmer who grows as much of his own food as possible. This is done from the backyard of his house, right here in Longmont, all without any formal agriculture or farming experience. He loves sharing as much of his experience and knowledge as possible to help others grow their own food.

Recent Work by James

Get Growing: How to identify and pick common Longmont weeds

Get Growing: How to identify and pick common Longmont weeds

It's important to be able to identify weeds and pull them before they get too big
Get Growing: Time to harvest radishes and greens

Get Growing: Time to harvest radishes and greens

It’s the most joyous time of year when salad season is here.
Get Growing: Building your own trellis

Get Growing: Building your own trellis

An easy, how-to guide to building a pvc trellis
Get Growing: Gardening in May

Get Growing: Gardening in May

While the weather is generally nice during May, cold weather can still surprise you
Get Growing: Starting off small

Get Growing: Starting off small

You may have to get creative when gardening on a small scale
Get Growing: Preparing your plants to the great outdoors

Get Growing: Preparing your plants to the great outdoors

This warm daytime weather means that it’s time to start hardening off your plants and start the last of the seeds indoors.
Get Growing: Sure you can start sunflowers indoors, but their rapid growth means you don't have to

Get Growing: Sure you can start sunflowers indoors, but their rapid growth means you don't have to

Sunflowers grow extremely fast, they also develop very deep roots.
Get Growing: Now's the time to plan for weed control and watering

Get Growing: Now's the time to plan for weed control and watering

Those pesky weeds are likely going to be your biggest challenge. You will have weeds growing and they generally grow fast and furious, crowding out everything around them.
Get Growing: Sure it's cold outside, but that doesn't mean you can't get your urban farm crops started inside

Get Growing: Sure it's cold outside, but that doesn't mean you can't get your urban farm crops started inside

Planting a seed is simple but there are two important things to keep in mind: Don’t plant the seeds too deep and don’t overwater your seedlings. 
Get Growing: Turn your food scraps into garden gold

Get Growing: Turn your food scraps into garden gold

Composting via a traditional compost pile really isn’t hard to do, and the best way to compost is to dig some holes straight into the ground.