Growing Vegetables in the Fall and Winter

While the typical growing season for vegetables is from spring through late summer or early fall, in some cases for some vegetables, this growing season can be well extended. A winter vegetable garden for most growing zones isn't about planting crops in the winter, but it is about harvesting them in the winter. Here are some things gardeners do so that they can continue enjoying fresh vegetables into the winter, or at least through the first frosts of fall. Read the rest of this entry »

Window Gardens

Window gardens are a wonderful way to enjoy the beauty of a garden when you have little to no space in your home. Apartment dwellers for instance, who have no patio space, often resort to having indoor gardens only. Window gardens can help them expand their gardens into an outdoor area, while making their apartment all the more attractive in the process. Read the rest of this entry »

Growing a Salad Garden

Growing a salad garden is one of the best ways to introduce yourself or your children to the joys of vegetable gardening. It's quite easy to do, and it's tasty too! Read the rest of this entry »

Raised Garden Beds

Creating raised garden beds is a wonderful way to get a garden started easily. When you plant your flowers or vegetables in raised garden beds, you don't have to pull weeds first, turn soil, or dig out a lot of rocks and other debris. Instead, you simply choose the location you want your garden bed to be, lay down your bed retainer walls, and fill it with dirt. Read the rest of this entry »

Knowing Your Tomatoes

There's almost nothing better than eating a tomato right off the vine! If you've ever tried to grow your own tomatoes though, you may have found that it didn't taste quite like you expected it to. And this is common, when you're not aware of the many different varieties of tomatoes that can be grown in your garden. Read the rest of this entry »

Create Herbal Oils and Dressings

Many herb gardeners often discover themselves with many more herbs than they know what to do with throughout the growing season. Sometimes this happens because it was the first time herbs were planted, and the gardener didn't realize just how quickly and prolifically herbs can grow. Other times though, experienced gardeners simply can't resist adding new plants to their gardens, so they too find themselves with many more herbs than they can actually use. Read the rest of this entry »

Fall Vegetable Gardening Basics

If you're dreaming of having fresh vegetables throughout the winter but don't have a lot left from the summer planting, don't despair. There are actually many vegetables which can be planted in the early fall, and still have time to ripen before the worst of the winter weather season kicks in. Read the rest of this entry »

Organic Gardening: Companion Plants

When you decide to try your hand at organic gardening, one of the most frustrating parts of the entire process is trying to control pests, diseases, and other miscellaneous problems that come up with any form of gardening. Thankfully though, there are natural techniques which can be used to solve many of these common gardening problems, and one of those techniques is known as companion planting. Read the rest of this entry »

Growing a Canning Garden

Growing a garden specifically for canning or freezing foods is becoming a popular hobby these days, primarily because gardeners know just how much healthier home grown food is for their families, compared to most of what's found in the produce section of your local grocery store. And growing a canning garden can be fairly easy and simple, or it can be more complex. How much of which really depends on the personal preferences and desires of the gardener. Read the rest of this entry »

Buying Plants

Here are some things you can do to help make your plant shopping trips more productive! 1. Where do you intend to put the new plants? If you're shopping for new plants which will be kept in pots inside your house, try to decide where you think the new plants will actually reside. This will allow you to know how much or how little sunlight that specific place in your home has available. Read the rest of this entry »