Make your garden a haven for wildlife

With summer in full swing, we’re all spending more and more time in our gardens and outdoor spaces. So, if you’re looking for a summer project to enjoy with your children over the summer break then why not give nature a helping hand? Turning your garden into a haven for wildlife is pretty simple and pretty budget friendly too

Natural Ways to Get Rid of Japanese Beetles in the Garden

This is my first year fighting the dreaded Japanese Beetle. They are not quite as bad as the squash vine borer but very, very close. I suppose they have been in my garden all along munching on some kale here or there but I never really noticed. Then this year, I added a young cherry tree and BOOM they migrated to my yard and set up a permanent

How to Plant and Care for Currants

Currant (Ribes) bushes are often grown solely for their ornamental appeal, but the berries are a highly nutritious and tasty treat that should be enjoyed too. The bushes are thornless and grow best as an understory plant or in any shady location. White berries are sweet and can be eaten as-is. Red, black and pink currants have a

3 Plants for Your Garden That Are Highly Economical

Gardening can actually be kind of expensive if you let it get away with you. This is why I always suggest to new gardeners and homesteaders that they start with what they eat. This means that you sit down and figure out where your produce money goes all year long. Yes, it might be fun to grow heirloom pumpkins but if your family doesn’t really eat a lot of pumpkin then this plant becomes an expense

How to Grow Your Own Raspberries and Blackberries

Growing your own fresh raspberries and blackberries is actually quite easy and cost effective. All that’s needed is a little space in a sunny location and you will be rich in berries every year. Follow these tips for growing these berry varieties so you can enjoy the delicious flavor and nutrition homegrown raspberries and blackberries have to offer. Location Select a location that is in full

3 Reasons to Grow Lavender in Your Herb Garden

When you think of herbs often times you think of the major culinary ones…rosemary, oregano, parsley, thyme, and cilantro. Lavender sometimes gets overlooked when it comes time to do the planting in a home herb garden. It gets relegated to the “pretty” category and forgotten in favor of the ones that will be soon be in your grandma’s famous

Storing Your Fresh Cut Herbs

Herbs can grow quite fast and you need very little for maximum flavor in your culinary dishes and for medicinal purposes. So how do you get the most out of your herb garden? You want to prune and harvest regularly so that your plants continue to grow and provide fresh herbs to use, but you need to store those cuttings someplace. You have a few choices available and what you decide may depend on which herb you’re storing and how long you want it to last. Storage in the fridge Fold a cloth napkin and put it inside a zipper bag, place your fresh herbs on

What Is Permaculture Gardening? An Intro to Permaculture Design and Principles

What Is Permaculture Gardening? An Intro to Permaculture Design and Principles originally appeared on Green Global Travel. Conventional gardening tends to use a one-size-fits-all method for growing food. Its central concepts are based on what gardeners want to grow rather than on what plants best suit a particular piece of land. Permaculture gardening, on the other hand, is based on the concept of using the perfect plants for the climate, and utilizing only what works best for the local environment. Dry climates require a different approach than humid climates. Hot

Six Gardener Holiday Gifts from Black Thumbs

Holiday shopping can be tough if you have to get a gift for a gardener and you don’t have a green thumb. Well, girlfriends, I have you covered with 6 gardener holiday gifts that they will dig. I know since I am “one of them.” We live and breath

Egyptian Spinach: Got Spinach Frustration? Grow This Heat Lovin One Instead

Are you completely frustrated by grown spinach? I am since spinach doesn’t like the heat and our springs are just too short.   Since I discovered a spinach alternative,  heat loving Egyptian spinach (also known as Jews’ Mallow,)  I no longer grow spinach.  And I have never looked back. Anna, tell me more. I thought you would never ask. First things first. Egyptian spinach doesn’t resemble or even taste

Greenhouse: Greenhouse Construction & Gardening Box Set (Greenhouse, Greenhouse Management, Greenhouse Growing, Greenhouse Plans, Greenhouse Gardening, Greenhouse Gardening for Beginner)

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Greenhouse Gardening: Greenhouse Gardening for Beginners: Absolute Beginners Guide to: Greenhouse Garden-Greenhouse Construction-Greenhouse Plans-Greenhouse … Plans, Greenhouse Growing, Garden)

Discover how to construct Greenhouse Garden inexpensivelyToday only, get this Amazon book for just .99 for a limited time. Regularly priced at .99. Read on your PC, Mac, smart phone, tablet or Kindle device. You’re about to discover the proven methods that will help you build your own Greenhouse Garden. This book goes into all […]

Tips on Creating An Indoor Herb Garden and Its Benefits

Are you planning to build your indoor herb garden? Did you know that having your indoor garden has a lot of advantages? Get to know how you can create your indoor herb garden and the benefits that you can get from them by reading the information below. People who are a big fan of homemade meals with fresh herbs will love the comfort of having an indoor herb garden. Just a few leaves can bring out the rich flavor of the meal. If you have a window in your home that can get enough sunlight of at least 4 hours, there

Using Targeted Pest Control To Protect Wildlife

Wildlife pests are extremely frustrating. They dig up our flowers, devour our vegetable gardens, and potentially spread disease to our pets or even to people. When we find out we have a wildlife problem, we get very emotional and develop a serious vindictive streak. All we can think about is revenge when we find our juicy tomatoes laid to waste or our meticulous garden work dug

Had Enough of Mowing Your Lawn? Here Are Some Lawn Alternatives

Unless you are running a farm there is really no need for an excessive amount of grass. Are you spending a lot of time and money on your lawn? You can now stop. Green lawns are nice to look at but they waste a lot of water, fertilizer, and gas taking

How to Grow Plants From Produce

Plants are a great way to spruce up your home, and plants from produce add function too! All you need to get started are groceries, planters (get creative by upcycling containers), soil (or a bit of quality compost), and a patience. Herbs Rooted herbs are hardy and often available in organic

7 Permaculture Gardening Techniques To Try This Spring

7 Permaculture Gardening Techniques To Try This Spring originally appeared on Green Global Travel. Conventional gardening tends to use a one-size-fits-all method for growing food. Permaculture gardening is instead based on the concept of adjusting for the climate and utilizing only what works best for the local environment. Dry climates require a different approach than humid climates. Hot climates support different flora than cold climates. So permaculture techniques are incorporated from many different sources, allowing anyone to adapt their permaculture garden to whatever methodology their plant hardiness zone‘s climate dictates. Many permaculture methods work well across a broad variety of climatic conditions. Besides climate, permaculture gardening techniques also focus on

My Three Favorite Vertical Gardening Tools for a Better Gardening Season

Another garden season is almost upon us, and are you feeling a mix of excitement coupled with dread from the lackluster or not so great harvest of last year?  Or years past?  Been there.  So, four years, ago, I got smart and started to garden vertically.  Gardener to gardener, I want to share my 3 favorite vertical gardening tools in a free mini e-course. Why? Because I doubled my harvest.  You can too.  I know you too will  fall in love with vertical gardening.  Think how will it feel to be happy with your gardening

Delicata Squash: Oh So Delicious. Move Over Butternut

This was my first year growing Delicata squash.  It reminds me of a striped zucchini with a hard shell.  I am in love with this squash since it is easy to grow and easier to cook.  Here’s the scoop about why Delicata squash should be on your table. I call it the new butternut!    My First Date with Delicata Squash. I saw these little squashes at a farmer’s market and

Harvesting and Preserving Swiss Chard

In my experience swiss chard is incredibly easy to grow. It tolerates the cold well so you can start growing it very early in the spring and have fresh greens even when the weather is still chilly. It handles itself well even in the hot temperatures and lasts well into the return of the cold. When the temperatures start

How to Grow Lemongrass

Lemongrass is an absolutely beautiful plant for your garden and so easy to grow.  Every part of this gorgeous plant is edible.  So what is not to love?   Keep reading to learn how to grow lemongrass.  It is so easy. How to Grow Lemongrass Lemongrass seedlings remind me of grass when they

The Best Sweet Potatoes Growing Tips!

I think I found the secret to growing amazing sweet potatoes.  Seriously.  It only took seven years of growing sweet potatoes to discover this trick. *Sheesh.*  So come closer and I will share my newest best sweet potato growing tips. Realize it can be simply dumb luck or Mother Nature was taking it easy on me. Doubtful.  She is pretty tough on me. How to Grow Sweet Potatoes from a Sweet Potato. Sweet potatoes grow from slips.  A slip emerges from a sweet potato.  Have you ever seen your sweet potatoes sprout?  If you allow it to continue, it will look like the picture below. I have written about growing sweet potatoes

Swiss Chard Stem Soup. Move over Celery.

I adore Swiss Chard. But did you know that you can not only use the leaves, you can use the stems too?   Don’t compost or throw out the stems.  They taste similar to celery. So, let’s make soup–Swiss Chard Stem soup! Once I tasted the Swiss Chard stems, I knew that I could substitute them for any recipe that uses celery.  I adore celery/potato soup so I made a faux version with the stems. The recipe is a mix of this recipe and this recipe