If you’ve been gardening for even a little while, you may have come across the idea of Companion planting. What is companion planting? Simply, it’s when a gardener plants two different plants near each other because the two plants have a mutually beneficial relationship. Maybe one plant will help the other grow stronger, one will help deter pests from the… Keep Reading
Are you new to gardening in zone 8? Don’t worry, it’s different here, let me show you what to plant in March. Most gardening guides will be telling you to plant things like peas and cabbage and lettuce. I hate to be the bearer of bad news but…the ship has sailed on that for us in zone 8. The good… Keep Reading
As I write this, there’s less than one week left of 2018! Can you even believe that? The year started out pretty rough for me, but it’s turned out to be one of the best years. And as I’ve been looking back, I found I really wanted to share some of my favorite things from 2018. My favorite products, books,… Keep Reading
Organic caterpillar control used to seem like a thing of fiction to me. Last year I couldn’t grow green beans to save my life! A nasty little creature called, the bean leaf roller caterpillar, totally decimated my green beans! I tried every natural method I could think of, but nothing was working.
If you’re a new gardener and want to plant some really easy vegetables in your first garden, stick around because this is for you!
Have you ever wondered what a day in the life of a backyard homesteader looks like?? Well, I’m giving you a peek into one of our typical days last week!
When I first started gardening, I kinda just threw seeds in the ground and hoped for the best. Garden plan? What’s that? …and I got very sub-par results! What I didn’t really fully realize was how much garden planning impacted what my garden produced. So over the years I’ve gotten much better at garden planning, and I’ve gotten way better results!
I am giddy with excitement over this year’s garden! It’s been our best garden yet! The secret was soil testing. It’s all about that soil, man. This is our third spring garden since moving onto our tiny homestead, and just maybe we’re starting to turn our brown thumbs green 😉 The key, as always, is in the soil. And by doing some… Keep Reading
Squash, squash, everywhere … too much to eat! Are you growing squash this year? Squash and zucchini are well known for being prolific producers – some gardeners get so much of it that they are doorbell ditching and leaving baskets full of it at their neighbors doorsteps just to get rid of it! Now, my squash didn’t do thaaat well… Keep Reading
Tomatoes. Is there anything better than a fresh, homegrown, summer tomato? Probably not. As far as gardening goes, they are my personal holy grail. Last summer I didn’t get ANY tomatoes from our garden. Well, I got a few tiny green tomatoes….I made a salsa with them. But this year, I’m shooting for a much better tomato harvest. I planted… Keep Reading