Tips for the Lazy Gardener

First Crop of Carrots

I'm ashamed to admit that sometimes I play the role of the lazy gardener. When I first started gardening, I pictured myself spending evenings and weekends tending to my garden, creating pristine and perfect plots. But the longer I actually gardened, the more I realized that not only is a perfect garden nearly unattainable, but after a long day of work, pruning plants, pulling weeds, and digging holes is not at the top of my priority list. So … [Read more...]

A Guide to Second Season Planting

still life  Vegetables, Herbs and Fruit.

Summer has flown by and it's time to start thinking about your fall harvest plans. Unlike spring planting, which is dominated by tomatoes and summer squash, late-summer is a great time to focus on root vegetables, lettuces, and herbs.It's important to note that before you plant your second season vegetables, you should refresh the ground that you are planting. Turn over the soil and mix in more fertilizer so that your new plants will have … [Read more...]

Ten Amazing Summer Tomato Recipes

Mini pizzas with mozzarella, cherry tomatoes and basil

As we talked about in our last post, it's tomato season! So, in order to provide you with some inspiration for using your produce, I decided it was time to turn to some of my favorite recipe sites. Here is a list of some of the best ways to incorporate tomatoes into you summer meals.Homemade Pico de Gallo – My RecipeIn case you missed it, my last post was all about the awesomeness that is pico de gallo. Easily made with any tomatoes … [Read more...]

Recipe: Homemade Pico de Gallo

Salsa dip

If you planted tomatoes this season, chances are you're beginning to see high yields. Though it's satisfying to see your plants teeming with the juicy, red bulbs, if you are like most gardeners, your joy may have turned to panic when trying to figure out just how to utilize the large harvest of tomatoes that are overcrowding your countertops.You could give them away or barter with a friend for other produce, but there’s a reason you chose … [Read more...]

Gardening on a Budget

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Many people get into gardening because they are hoping to save some money. After all, growing your own produce not only saves you a few trips to the grocery store, it's also a much more cost effective way to have all your favorite vegetables on hand. But, as many new gardeners may discover, creating and maintaining a garden can become expensive if you aren’t careful.Here are some quick tips on how to keep your veggie garden within budget … [Read more...]

Tomato Type Breakdown: Top Picks for Home Growers

Child hand tries to grab a tomato

Tomatoes are one of the most varied plants you can put in your vegetable garden. Available in a wide range of shapes, colors, and tastes, there really is something for everyone. But how do you choose what to plant?Here’s a quick breakdown of some of the most popular tomatoes gardeners tend to plant, so you can find one that is right for your needs.To make it easier, I decided to divide the list into Hybrids and Heirlooms.Top … [Read more...]

How to Pick the Right Tomato for Your Garden

The large variety of tomatoes means there is a perfect type for every garden.

For most of us, deciding on a tomato to grow can be a daunting task. The best way to narrow down what ones you want in your garden is to consider a few main factors.Determinate or IndeterminateTomatoes generally have two different growing habits. Determinate tomatoes are of the bush variety, so the plants grow to a specific height, usually two to three feet, and then bloom and ripen the fruit. Indeterminate tomatoes, or vine tomatoes, … [Read more...]

Review: AnySharp Smart Sizzors

AnySharp Smart Sizzors

When I first received the Smart Sizzors from AnySharp, I was very excited about the product’s claimed versatility. A good pair of gardening shears can be hard to find for a decent price so, with the Sizzors retailing for only $24, I was interested to see if the product would live up to the hype. The design itself immediately sets it apart from traditional scissors, offering additional blades and edges around both the blade and the handle. … [Read more...]

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