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Quick and Fresh Herbal Tea

Quick and Fresh Herbal Tea

From Planting to Drying - You Can Make Delicious Herbal Tea Making herbal tea from your own garden is so simple that you may find yourself enjoying a freshly steeped cup of tea every day. Can I dry my own herbs to make tea? Absolutely. Can I make herbal tea from fresh...

Fall Garden Crafts Your Kids Will Love to Make!

Fall Garden Crafts Your Kids Will Love to Make!

Looking for fun and easy garden crafts for kids? These inexpensive ideas are a creative way to bring the fun of gardening inside. Kids of all ages can enjoy making gifts and doing activities that center around a garden theme. Grass Pets Have you ever had a chia pet?...

Late Summer Garden Cleanup

Late Summer Garden Cleanup

Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn It’s time to start thinking about the end of the season! Summer fades into fall at different rates around the country, so timing varies, but the principles are the same. Taking the time to do some maintenance and cleanup from season to...

Fun and Easy Garden Science Experiments for Kids

Fun and Easy Garden Science Experiments for Kids

Simple garden experiments are a fun way to engage kids in science. Kids have tons of questions about why and how and gardening has lots of hands-on opportunities for exploration. There are as many science experiments as kids have questions. These are some of our...

10 Values Kids Learn Through Gardening

10 Values Kids Learn Through Gardening

How can gardening help my kids? You may have asked yourself this question as you’ve planted seeds and harvested tomatoes. You may have wondered if involving your kids in the garden has any long-term benefits. Is it worth your effort now for their future development?...

How to Keep Deer Out of Your Garden

How to Keep Deer Out of Your Garden

What’s the best way to keep deer out of the garden? After our own experience (read until the end!), we’ve done a lot of research on how to keep deer out of the garden in the future. Here are a few of our favorites: Don’t tempt them It may be hard to avoid garden...

Easy Salsa Recipe with Fresh Tomatoes

Easy Salsa Recipe with Fresh Tomatoes

Fresh garden salsa is a quintessential summer favorite! There’s nothing as zesty and delicious as a spicy bowl of salsa made with tomatoes, peppers, and cilantro you picked this morning. It’s also a breeze to make, and highly adaptable to your own preferences. If...

Summer Harvest in the Vegetable Garden

Summer Harvest in the Vegetable Garden

Home-grown vegetables taste so much better than store-bought for a lot of reasons, and one important reason is harvest timing. Commercially grown produce is picked at the perfect time for shelf stability. Perfect taste and texture are secondary concerns to the produce...

Garden Diseases – Types, Symptoms & Control

Garden Diseases – Types, Symptoms & Control

Getting a handle on understanding plant diseases can save you from devastating losses in your garden. They are responsible for the death of many plants and can spread quickly if not controlled. Disease occurs when susceptible plants are introduced to a pathogen and...

Summer Weed Control

Summer Weed Control

Summer is a time of growth, where all sorts of plants flourish in the warmth of the summer sun - weeds included. Don’t neglect weed control in your garden. Protect your plants and get rid of the weeds so that they can enjoy valuable resources of sunlight, water, and...

Keeping Rabbits Out of Your Garden

Keeping Rabbits Out of Your Garden

Rabbits are adorable, hopping along with their fluffy tails. These cute little bunnies can also be a menace - chewing up your garden and landscape and destroying all of your hard work. Rabbits love eating new shoots and leaves, and they’re particularly drawn to woody...

Summer Garden Plant Growth

Summer Garden Plant Growth

Ah, summer! It’s the most exciting time of year for many gardeners, thanks to all of the vigorous growth you can see. It’s gratifying to see those tiny seedlings growing up, flowering and even beginning to fruit. Why Do Plants Grow So Well in Summer? Longer days mean...

8 Ways to Trellis Tomatoes

8 Ways to Trellis Tomatoes

Tomatoes are one of the prizes of the home vegetable garden, but they can become difficult to manage when they get large. Most gardeners choose to support tomatoes with a trellis or cage to keep them under control. We're going to share eight creative ways to train...

Pickling Cucumbers

Pickling Cucumbers

There’s no pickle as satisfying as one you made yourself from cucumbers you’ve grown in your garden. Sure, you might be able to pick up some incredibly delicious jars at your local farmer’s market, but they still won’t quite have that special something. The extra love...

Rows or Beds, Which Are Best?

Rows or Beds, Which Are Best?

When you think of home gardening, what do you imagine? Do you think of a big sprawling backyard garden with lots of rows, or do you think of clusters of beds? Which is the ideal gardening method? You might not be surprised to find out that which is best depends a lot...

Soil Temperature and Germination

Soil Temperature and Germination

Getting your seeds to sprout is more than watering and sunlight. Soil temperature plays a big role in the process. Seeds might germinate in less than ideal conditions, but why take the chance? If your seeds are sitting in soil that’s too cold, they may take too long...

Picking A Garden Spot

Picking A Garden Spot

The first step in planning your garden is deciding on a site to grow. Assess the areas you are considering for your garden to set yourself up for success. Spending just a little time on this vital step will make a huge difference in your experience. You’ll be able to...

Protecting Tender Plants

Protecting Tender Plants

Deciding when to plant your garden can be a tricky business. Even when you’ve planned ahead, sometimes there’s a cold snap that comes late in the season and takes everyone by surprise. Plants you’ve painstakingly grown from seed and hardened off carefully can be...

What is Direct Sowing?

What is Direct Sowing?

Seeds that are sown directly are seeded directly into the soil outdoors, rather than grown from a transplant or started indoors. Whether you direct seed or choose to transplant will depend on the needs of each particular plant, your growing conditions, and some other...

Why Grow Plants from Seed?

Why Grow Plants from Seed?

There are so many benefits to planting seeds! Although it can be a lot of fun to go to a nursery and pick out plants to add to your garden, there are many wonderful reasons to grow your plants from seed whenever possible. It’s gratifying to watch your seeds grow into...

What Plants Grow Well in Shade?

What Plants Grow Well in Shade?

Every gardener wants to make the most of the space in their garden plot. What can you do with shaded areas in your garden? What to do with a garden that is largely shady? Don’t give up hope! Many people enjoy plenty of success in the garden without the typical...

Gardening Basics

Gardening Basics

For even the newest gardeners, creating some magical fruits and flowers can be super simple! We want to give you all of the information you need to succeed, so we’ll cover every base of the gardening basics for you. There are certainly a lot of factors to consider,...

Cool Weather Vegetables: Eat Fresh Year-Round!

Cool Weather Vegetables: Eat Fresh Year-Round!

Spring and summer are great for your garden, but you can still get fresh-grown herbs and produce from your garden in the cooler months with a little planning. Choosing the right crops for your fall and winter garden is a matter of knowing about your climate and...

The benefits of urban gardening

The benefits of urban gardening

If you live in the city, you might feel like gardening is almost impossible. Don’t be discouraged! Urban gardening is on the rise and has many benefits for individuals and the community. They are a great way to bring the natural world back to areas that often feel...

Essential Gardening Tools for Beginners

Essential Gardening Tools for Beginners

If you’re just starting a garden, you might be confused about the different supplies you need to get started. Start slowly and add to your collection as you go. It doesn’t take a huge investment to begin. Here is our recommended list of gardening tools for beginners....

Designing a garden for beginners

Designing a garden for beginners

Proven tips for a successful garden Did you know that planning your garden in advance can double your chances of success? This is especially true when you’re gardening because the time you spend making your plan is more than just setting your mind to the task at hand....

How to prune basil

How to prune basil

Growing basil in your garden or on your patio is a cinch. It’s a great way to add some fresh flavor to your table without a lot of work or investment. Considering the price of store-bought basil, it’s a no-brainer in terms of making your garden work for you. A...

How to start peppers from seed

How to start peppers from seed

Some gardeners buy their peppers as seedlings, but it’s not very difficult to start peppers from seed yourself. Whether you prefer sweet peppers or spicy ones, we know you’ll be thrilled when you see how easy it is. Peppers are a popular container vegetable, so even...

A quick guide to tomato flavor profiles by color

A quick guide to tomato flavor profiles by color

Red, Orange, Yellow, Black Tomatoes: do they taste the same? The short answer - no. Tomato flavors vary by color. But you probably already guessed that, right? If you’re new to gardening, odds are you want to try your hand at growing your own tomatoes. Nothing beats a...

Companion Planting and Pollinators

Companion Planting and Pollinators

When you hear about companion planting, what comes to mind? Do you think of the Three Sisters, Corn, Beans, and Squash? Maybe you think of companion planting as a way to repel unwanted pests. It’s certainly true that pairing the right plants can discourage unwanted...

Attracting Hummingbirds

Attracting Hummingbirds

Hummingbirds love bright colorful flowers that provide a lot of nectar! Of course, you can put up a feeder, too, but flowers are the best source of nectar for hummingbirds. Add flowers in large clumps so that the birds can see bright patches to feed on. For the best...

Bring More Bees to Your Garden

Bring More Bees to Your Garden

Bees are busy little workers that don’t get enough credit. They pollinate the crops that feed us, and we would starve without them. We should be excited to share our gardens with them because they will help keep our plants healthy and happy. What a wonderful...

How to Attract Butterflies to Your Garden

How to Attract Butterflies to Your Garden

One of the most popular pollinators is the butterfly! These colorful insects are a delight to home gardeners. They are beneficial to your plants and the entire ecosystem, but they also bring joy and color into the garden. Maybe you want to create a dedicated butterfly...

Why start tomatoes from seed? Six good reasons

Why start tomatoes from seed? Six good reasons

Starting tomatoes from seed is a new experience for many gardeners. Many of us are used to buying seedlings that have already been started by someone else. So why even go to all the trouble of starting tomatoes from seed in the first place? Six good reasons to start...

Starting Tomatoes from Seed: Tips & Tricks

Starting Tomatoes from Seed: Tips & Tricks

New gardeners often feel daunted by the idea of starting tomatoes from seed, but it’s not as hard as you think! There are many reasons to start your tomatoes from seed: Seeds give you access to more varieties than you can buy locally at the store. You have more...

Building Better Soil: Preparing to Plant

Building Better Soil: Preparing to Plant

The soil in your backyard may not have all of the ideal qualities for successful plants. If this is the case, don’t fret! Our advice will never leave you garden-less. If you have pH issues or severely dense soil, consider opting for a raised bed or container garden....

Soil: the foundation of your garden

Soil: the foundation of your garden

As we move through the winter months and start to envision our spring gardens, it’s crucial to think about the soil on which these gardens will thrive. In our series of articles about soil, we will explore a multitude of topics so that even the most beginner-level...

Plants that Improve Soil

Plants that Improve Soil

You may find that you don’t have the time or tools to amend the soil for all of the plants you would like to grow. That’s okay because there are other options that still include a garden! If you find yourself in this situation, you may consider just changing up your...

Soil for Containers or Raised Beds

Soil for Containers or Raised Beds

Container gardens are a great option for many situations. If you live in an apartment, have only a small amount of patio space, or are facing some severe issues with your soil you may opt for containers. There are so many different sizes of pots to fit your needs! A...

Soil Quality: Factors that make up an ideal soil

Soil Quality: Factors that make up an ideal soil

To guarantee a successful garden, you want to try to learn as much as you can about your soil. In addition to knowing the type of soil that you have based on its texture, there are a few other important factors to consider. Things like pH, soil structure, organic...

Types of Soil: What is a good basis for gardening soil?

Types of Soil: What is a good basis for gardening soil?

You may or may not recall hearing somewhere that soil is made up of three types of particles: sand, silt, and clay. The composition of these particles determines the type of texture soil you’re working with. It’s good to know this because it can tell us useful...

What is seed scarification?

What is seed scarification?

Scarification is the process of intentionally damaging the outside of a seed coating so that the seed “wakes up” and knows that it’s time to start the germination process. It’s not necessary for all seeds, so check to see if your seed actually needs scarification....