• Harvest Time: Cold Storage Ideas & Root Cellars

    Harvest Time: Cold Storage Ideas & Root Cellars Growing your own food can be very rewarding, especially during the summer months when veggies can be washed, cooked and on the table the very same day they’re picked (nothing fresher than that!). If you plan ahead and produce more…

  • Budding Home Farmer? 25+ Clever Ideas To Check Out

    Budding Home Farmer? 25+ Clever Ideas To Check Out Did you know you can make your own rooting hormone using willow twigs? Or that geraniums can be overwintered? How about a few ideas for soil savers, pest control and fighting weeds? You’ll find all that and more in this…

  • Making Sense Of Fertilizer Labels & NPK Numbers

    Making Sense Of Fertilizer Labels & NPK Numbers When looking at the various commercial fertilizers on the shelf in any home & garden center, you’ll notice they have three digits on their labels (something like 20-15-5). Unless you can properly interpret those numbers, how can you know which…

  • 7 Nutrient-Rich Elixers Your Seedlings Will Thank You For

    7 Nutrient-Rich Elixers Your Seedlings Will Thank You For Sure you can buy fertilizers and soil additives to help boost production, but did you know you can also take advantage of waste from Mother Nature and household scraps that you’d normally toss? These too can promote blooms and growth…

  • An Introduction To Organic Mulches

    An Introduction To Organic Mulches Mulch is very popular for a few reasons: It helps prevent a profusion of weeds by forming a barrier over the soil, this makes it more difficult for seeds to germinate. Helps control the soil temperature (especially useful in hot…

  • When To Sow & Set Out Transplants: {Reference}

    When To Sow & Set Out Transplants: {Reference} Here’s a handy chart to help you determine when to get vegetables into the ground. They’re divided into two groups: Cool-Season and Warm-Season with each having varieties that are hardier than the rest (these are noted by color in the…

  • Unwanted Grass Or Weed Patches? Try Solarization

    Unwanted Grass Or Weed Patches? Try Solarization If you have a patch of grass in your yard that you want to remove (for making a garden, patio, etc.), here’s a way you can do that without breaking your back digging it all up. It’s a great option…

  • The Magic Of Manure & How To Use It

    The Magic Of Manure & How To Use It Years ago my grandparents would have a truck from the farm come into town and dump a load of fresh cow manure over their garden. They would do this each year after everything was harvested and had died back. A…

  • Try Wood Ash As A Soil Fertilizer: {Good To Know}

    Try Wood Ash As A Soil Fertilizer: {Good To Know} Consider saving the ashes from this summer’s campfires, backyard fire pits and even your home’s fireplace or wood stove, did you know they can be spread throughout the garden to act as an organic soil booster? They’ll also deter pests…

  • 7 Companion Plants To Battle Those Dreaded Potato Bugs

    7 Companion Plants To Battle Those Dreaded Potato Bugs These bugs (Colorado Potato Beetle) are a well known pest that target potatoes, tomatoes, eggplants and even your prized petunias! They not only thrive on the leaves, but are also known to feast on the fruit. If left unchecked, they…

  • Can You Grow Blueberries In A Pot? Sure!

    Can You Grow Blueberries In A Pot? Sure! Fresh blueberries can cost a pretty penny at the grocery store, but did you know it’s easy to grow your own…even on a balcony! Depending on the variety you choose, it can take 2 or 3 years for a plant…

  • How To Test pH Levels In Soil

    How To Test pH Levels In Soil A test is done when you want to know whether your soil is acidic, neutral or alkaline. Why does it matter? Most plants need a fairly neutral soil so they can retrieve all the nutrients from it that they require,…

  • 15+ Lovely Ideas For Incorporating Succulents Outdoors

    15+ Lovely Ideas For Incorporating Succulents Outdoors Looking for a few creative ideas for making succulent planters and wreaths? Here’s a nice collection using either cuttings or full grown plants that I’ve handpicked from around the ‘net, most are for outdoor gardening but there are some ideas…

  • Easy To Achieve: Your Own Bounty Of Zucchini

    Easy To Achieve: Your Own Bounty Of Zucchini This is a great vegetable for beginners to start with since it’s pretty easy and grows quickly…though fair warning: it will make you feel like quite the farmer when you see the abundant harvest each plant produces 😉 . Part…

  • Easter Lily Care & Advice For Transplanting Outdoors

    Easter Lily Care & Advice For Transplanting Outdoors Easter lilies (Lilium longiflorum) are beautiful with their white trumpet flowers and are traditionally given as gifts or purchased for decoration during the holiday season. This year don’t toss it away after the blooms are gone–try transplanting it in your…

  • Homemade Weed Killer Recipes & Solutions

    Homemade Weed Killer Recipes & Solutions Pulling weeds by hand is not always easy or practical, they’re pesky and determined to pop back up and spread in no time. If you’re looking for more natural ways to control them that don’t include harsh chemicals and are…

  • Love Strawberries? Why Not Clear A Patch & Plant Some!

    Love Strawberries? Why Not Clear A Patch & Plant Some! If you’d like to get your kiddos interested in growing food, strawberries are just the ticket! They bear juicy, red fruit that nearly everyone loves and are pretty easy to manage. If you don’t have space for a patch outside,…

  • Draw & Attract Hummingbirds To Your Yard

    Draw & Attract Hummingbirds To Your Yard Why are these little birds so popular? There’s something so charming about washing your dishes at the kitchen sink or sitting at a table and looking out the window to see a hummingbird a few inches away from you, hovering…

  • Building A Raised Bed For The Garden: Plans & Tutorials

    Building A Raised Bed For The Garden: Plans & Tutorials Here’s an assortment of free tutorials and plans for building raised beds, especially useful with the square foot method (wonderful for both vegetable and flower beds). Most of the online projects I came across seem pretty similar to each other…

  • Bounty Of Garlic Crops In Your Backyard: Try It!

    Bounty Of Garlic Crops In Your Backyard: Try It! Garlic (Allium sativum) is easy to grow in home plots and since it’s used so much in cooking (and in home remedies), why not try plant some this year and have a stockpile to enjoy (and some to share with…

  • Speed Up Tomato Ripening With These Helpful Hints

    Speed Up Tomato Ripening With These Helpful Hints Here are a few tips to help speed up and encourage tomatoes to ripen on the vine when it’s close to the end of growing season (there are also off the vine instructions below): Keep plants free of diseased leaves…

  • How To Plant Tulips For Beautiful Spring Blooms

    How To Plant Tulips For Beautiful Spring Blooms Tulips are a favorite in flower beds and are known as harbingers of Spring (they’re one of the first of the season to produce blooms). Their beautiful flowers and vibrant colors are a refreshing change after a cold and dreary…

  • How To Cut & Harden Flowers

    How To Cut & Harden Flowers I found this interesting article in a magazine from 1946 that gives advice for care of several different kinds of pruned flowers, enjoy! If you are addicted to using a gathering basket, put it away and substitute it for a…

  • Bury The Pit In Soil & Voila! An Avocado Tree

    Bury The Pit In Soil & Voila! An Avocado Tree You can make some pretty tasty dishes with an avocado but did you know that you can grow a tree from it too? It probably won’t produce any fruit, but it is a nice addition to your home plant life.…

  • How To Save Tomato Seeds From Prized Heirlooms

    How To Save Tomato Seeds From Prized Heirlooms When saving seeds from this year’s harvest for next year’s, you’ll find best results with heirloom tomatoes rather than hybrids (hybrids are typically the ones you purchase in grocery stores and regular greenhouse seedlings). Once you make your initial purchase…

  • Make A Delightful Moon Garden Haven

    Make A Delightful Moon Garden Haven Did you know that with a clever arrangement of certain flowers and plants, you can have a beautiful display that will provide a visual feast and delight your senses–even during the middle of the night? Creating a moon garden does…

  • Creative Container Gardening: New Uses For Old Things

    Creative Container Gardening: New Uses For Old Things Lots of goodies today! If you’d like to get creative with your yard display this year, I’ve put together a list to help tweak some ideas for you (this is also a great way to repurpose household items that would…

  • Battling Slugs With Barriers, Traps & Sprays

    Battling Slugs With Barriers, Traps & Sprays Slugs are common yard pests that are like snails but without the shell for protection. Their size can be between 1/4″ to 10″ in length and come in a variety of colors from light grays or yellows to shades of…

  • Keep The Blooms: Extending The Life Of Potted Hydrangeas

    Keep The Blooms: Extending The Life Of Potted Hydrangeas In the area where I live, potted Hydrangeas show up full force in the stores around Easter time and are very popular because of their beautiful colors and abundance of flowers. They’re lovely indoors but if they don’t receive adequate…

  • Grow 100 lbs. Of Potatoes In 4 Square Feet: {Instructions}

    Grow 100 lbs. Of Potatoes In 4 Square Feet: {Instructions} Quite the clever method here folks! Today’s feature includes tips from three different sources for growing potatoes vertically (in layers) instead of spread out in rows across your garden. If you have limited space or want to try some nifty…

  • Petunias: A Lovely Option To Add A Burst Of Color

    Petunias: A Lovely Option To Add A Burst Of Color Petunias are an old-fashioned favorite that offer a lovely burst of color and work well in most patches of soil, they bloom in nearly every color you can think of. You can grow them in flower beds, hanging baskets (wave…

  • An Easy, Old-Fashioned Favorite: Geraniums

    An Easy, Old-Fashioned Favorite: Geraniums If you’re looking for a hardy plant that offers plenty of blooms in a large variety of colors, geraniums are a great choice. These old-fashioned favorites grow well in flower beds, hanging baskets, containers, window boxes and they’ll bloom beautiful…

  • Peonies Question & Answer Sheet

    Peonies Question & Answer Sheet I have some peonies that never bloom. What can be wrong with them? Several things might prevent them from blooming but the most likely is that they are planted too deeply. Two inches is the proper depth, and beyond that…

  • Tips For Growing A Bumper Crop Of Tomatoes

    Tips For Growing A Bumper Crop Of Tomatoes When: Seedlings should be planted in the Spring after all danger of frost has passed. You can either purchase these at a local greenhouse or try starting your own by seed (start indoors about 6 to 8 weeks before the…

  • Enjoy Potted Basil Year-Round: Thrives Inside & Out

    Enjoy Potted Basil Year-Round: Thrives Inside & Out Basil is a great choice to plant since it’s easy to grow and is useful in so many ways. It can be used in salads, makes a great pesto and seasons dishes like soups, casseroles and sauces. It is also…

  • How To Sterilize Soil & Organic Potting Mix Recipes

    How To Sterilize Soil & Organic Potting Mix Recipes Potting soil is sterilized to give your plants the best environment possible by killing weed seeds or disease organisms that might be lingering in the soil. Most commercial products have already done this but if you want to use that…

  • Effective Way To Store Seeds For Next Year’s Season

    Effective Way To Store Seeds For Next Year’s Season If you’ve tried saving seeds from your harvest in the past and didn’t have much luck with them germinating in the Spring, chances are you didn’t store them in the environment they needed. Storing in optimum conditions can keep most…

  • Natural Homemade Pesticides: Recipes & Tips

    Natural Homemade Pesticides: Recipes & Tips These homemade pesticides are cheap and easy to make with many being just as effective as some commercial products on the market. No fancy ingredients required, everything you need is likely stocked in your kitchen and garden. Most of the…

  • Want Greener Grass? Try Epsom Salts, Beer (oh my) & More

    Want Greener Grass? Try Epsom Salts, Beer (oh my) & More Everyone wants their lawn to look as lush and green as possible, it’s one of the least expensive methods for giving your home nice curb appeal (whereas a brown, patchy yard is one of the first things that can downgrade…

  • Old-Time Tips For Garden Tenderfeet

    Old-Time Tips For Garden Tenderfeet These snippets of advice come from a household booklet published in 1947 and features suggestions given for handling plants, cut flowers and other related topics. *Updated: I moved two more pages here for one lengthy sheet of vintage notes. What…

  • How To Pot A Plant & When To Repot It

    How To Pot A Plant & When To Repot It Start with clean, scrubbed pots–preferably sterilized–for better success. Coarse steel wool or metal scouring pads clean them in a jiffy. Here’s how: Most harmful organisms can be killed by placing a stack of pots on a cloth under the hot-water…

  • Yard Compost Tea That You Can Make From Refuse

    Yard Compost Tea That You Can Make From Refuse Compost tea may not be made from tea leaves, but it is very rich in nutrients that plants thrive on and removes the need for commercial fertilizers. It can also be considered a method of organic pest control since the…

  • Helpful Notes For The Medicine Plant Aloe Vera

    Helpful Notes For The Medicine Plant Aloe Vera When Buying: This plant usually grows slowly when inside–purchase a large, more mature one if possible. If a young one is your only option, you can still use it for first aid treatments but know it will take a few…

  • A Few Fall Cleanup & Winter Preparation Chores

    A Few Fall Cleanup & Winter Preparation Chores Here are some suggestions for preparing your yard for winter, this makes yard maintenance much easier to deal with in the Spring! Clean Plant Pots: Wash grime & rings away with a 50/50 water and vinegar solution. Works well on…

  • Spoil Kitty With Home-Grown Catnip

    Spoil Kitty With Home-Grown Catnip Although approximately 1/3 of cats couldn’t care less about catnip, the rest flip for it. And drool. And race around! Why do they love it so much? This plant produces Nepetalactone oil and that acts something like an aphrodisiac for…

  • Daylilies & Irises: How To Divide & Transplant

    Daylilies & Irises: How To Divide & Transplant Best Time For Daylilies: Best done in the Spring and early Fall to give the plants a few weeks to adjust before the weather becomes extremely hot or cold. When doing this in the Fall, at least 6 weeks before…