Review: The Gardener’s Hollow Leg

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It's finally warm enough to get out in the garden, so I was really excited about the opportunity to test out the Gardener’s Hollow Leg. This seemingly simple product is actually an ingenious invention from the mind of fellow gardener, Bob Blomberg.Blomberg has a gardening style similar to mine---one where he tended to wander and stumble upon problems that needed to be addressed. This meant he would either have to go back and get a tool he … [Read more...]

Protecting Your Plants Naturally

Introducing ladybugs into your garden is a great way to keep plants safe, as ladybugs will eat other insects like aphids.

As the weather begins to warm and the sun comes out, so do insects and other creatures. Though some may be helpful to your garden, there are many pests that can be harmful and will eat away at your crops if you aren’t careful.Most gardeners are aware of the number of sprays and pesticides that are available on the market. But, if you’re like me, and don’t want to contaminate your crops or the air, there are also plenty of ways to keep … [Read more...]

Planning Your Veggie Garden, Part Three: Preparing and Planting

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As you may have guessed, preparing your soil is one of the most essential things that needs to be done before you begin putting seeds in the ground.After the winter season, the soil will require quite a bit of attention. Be sure to test the soil to ensure it is ready for planting, however, because working it too early in the season will create uneven, compacted clumps. The best way to know if the ground is ready to be tilled is to grab a … [Read more...]

Planning Your Veggie Garden, Part Two: Mapping

Light exposure is an important factor to consider when deciding where to plant your garden(s). Use this image and article as a guide to help you decide. Image by Lauren Thompson.

Mapping out your garden before you plant it is a crucial step that sometimes gets overlooked. It is a good idea to sketch out your garden on graph paper as close to scale as possible. This will allow you to get the most out of the space you have, something that is essential for those who are limited to smaller plots. Before your can do this, however, you need to choose a location.The first thing to consider is light exposure. ”Full-sun” … [Read more...]

Planning Your Veggie Garden, Part One: Deciding What to Plant

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Spring is officially here, and so it is time to start thinking about your outdoor garden. Even though the ground may still be frozen, planning for your spring planting now will make sure that you are successful in your gardening this year.Deciding what to plant is one of the first things you will need to consider. What do you want to eat this season? Though this may seem like a simple question, it is one of the most important things you can … [Read more...]

The Best Veggies to Grow Indoors

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When deciding which plants to grow indoors, you have a lot to consider. The best indoor vegetable choices are ones that are more compact, thus taking up less space. Other plants that do well indoors are ones that don’t require much special attention, like fertilizers or immense amounts of sunlight. Here are some of the best vegetables for your indoor garden.TomatoesThis is one of the most versatile vegetables, but with such a large … [Read more...]

The Five Best Herbs for Indoor Gardening

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Herbs are great indoor growers because they require little room, and little attention. Most herbs can easily grow on your windowsill because they require such a small amount of light, water, or other maintenance. If you are a novice indoor grower, choosing one of these herbs will make sure you have a great indoor growing experience.ChivesChives are one of the easiest herbs to grow indoors because they don’t require much attention. By … [Read more...]

Are My Garden Seeds Too Old?

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Growing flowers, vegetables, and herbs from seed is thrifty and rewarding. However, buying seeds can become addictive, and most gardeners end up with leftovers. How long do vegetable and herb seeds remain viable? There are many charts online from seed companies and university extension programs showing the possible life span of popular seeds. This information are only considered a guideline since so many factors make a difference in seed … [Read more...]

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