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Where to Save, and Spend, in Your Urban Edible Garden

Where to Save, and Spend, in Your Urban Edible Garden

To grow an urban, edible garden is genuinely an art. Unfortunately, just like art, it can end up costing you quite a bit of money. The good news is that by knowing where to splurge and where to save, you will have enough in your budget to get the best results and the most delicious fruit and vegetables. Read on for some advice.  Save on pots  Plant pots can be surprisingly expensive, especially when you have to buy a lot of them. Fortunately, there are some ways to save on the urban, edible garden cost.  The first is to make your own. Don’t worry, I’m not talking about whipping up those concrete things you’ve seen on Pintrest. Instead, all you need is some scrap newspaper and a special tool.… Read Full Post
3 Sure Fire Ways To Make Your Garden More Sustainable

3 Sure Fire Ways To Make Your Garden More Sustainable

If you are an avid gardener, the chances are that you are also a bit of an eco-warrior. However, it can be challenging to create a bountiful garden full of flora and fauna without some pesticide usage to manage pests or without utilizing plenty of water during long hot summers. If you are keen to make your garden more eco-friendly, you need to look at recycling materials, reusing items, and reducing your wastage. Take a look at these 3 sure fire ways to make your garden more sustainable. Go Organic Organic food has seen a surge in popularity recently, as people are more keen than ever to know what exactly goes into the food and meals. Going organic can be challenging if you are used to using manmade fertilizer to encourage rapid growth for your tomatoes, butternut squash, and brassicas.… Read Full Post
Growing a Vegetable Patch: Where to Start

Growing a Vegetable Patch: Where to Start

Starting a small vegetable patch is a great way to start growing things that you can eat. If you’ve never grown vegetables before, you might be unsure about where to begin. Maybe you’ve attempted it before, but you didn’t have much luck, and you want to make sure you get it right this time. Even beginners can have great success with growing vegetables if you know the key things that you need to do. It doesn’t take much to get started with a small patch. If you’re thinking of starting a vegetable patch, follow these steps to start growing vegetables that you can actually eat. Find the Right Spot Planting your vegetables in the right place is essential. Where you put your vegetable patch will depend on what you intend to plant.… Read Full Post
Make Your Fingers Greener By Growing Vegetables

Make Your Fingers Greener By Growing Vegetables

If you have always loved the thought of having your own veggie patch in the garden, there has never been a better time to start growing. We are more conscious than ever of our carbon footprint and yearn to know where our food has come from. We don’t want the guilt of knowing that our tomatoes have come all the way from Portugal or that our cucumbers have taken a long jaunt from New Zealand. Instead, why not set up your own little area out back and have a go at growing your own vegetables? You can have a go at growing whatever takes your fancy. You might be hesitant because you don’t know your daffodil from your daisy or your butternut from your crown, but follow this guide and you can make your fingers more green.… Read Full Post
How To Keep Growing Great Veggies Through Winter

How To Keep Growing Great Veggies Through Winter

Having a vegetable garden is a beautiful luxury and something that can be enjoyed all year round because you can adapt to the different seasons with different vegetables. During winter though you have to take a bit more care with your vegetables as they grow slower, however, they are just as tasty, rewarding and nutritious. Winter veggies are even more worth the effort as they provide you with organic, fresh ingredients for hearty winter soups and stews on those cold days. Focussing on seasonal vegetables is also a sustainable approach because mentioned, winter vegetables grow slower, need slightly less water, and don’t overdraw on the nutrients in the soil. Most winter vegetables will thrive even if it is a little frosty, but some ‘don’t do as well as others.… Read Full Post
10 Unique Ways to Not Let Your Excess Harvest go to Waste

10 Unique Ways to Not Let Your Excess Harvest go to Waste

It’s getting close to springtime and won’t be long before your garden is thriving. This means that you probably have excess flowers or edibles that you just don’t know what to do with. Don’t let your tomatoes go soft or your pineapples turn brown. One of the greatest aspects of being a gardener is the ability to share the beauty and bounty of the natural world with others. Even if you just have one extra pint of blueberries to bring to your neighbor, sharing will show how much you care. You can also spread the love and beauty of your vibrant flowers with potted arrangements or tables displays. After you’ve spent so much time pulling those weeds, watering your plants, and picking your fruits and veggies, you should celebrate your success.… Read Full Post
Planting bare root apple trees

Planting bare root apple trees

I can’t believe its been almost a year since I planted our bare root apple trees!  Where has the time gone?  And, why haven’t I written about it on here yet? Its been a very busy year but I am glad that I took the time last spring to order and plant three bare root apple trees. Growing up I remember having two apple trees alongside our driveway and I knew that one way of embracing our new zone 5 growing zone was to plant something that I couldn’t grow in Florida. Apple trees fit that requirement! I started this process by checking out the Iowa State Extension website for variety recommendations. I love looking through plant catalogs and I knew I would be easily distracted by beautiful photos of bright red apples.… Read Full Post
Keeping The Chemicals Out Of Your Garden

Keeping The Chemicals Out Of Your Garden

Preservatives, cleaning agents, pesticides, we are using chemicals everywhere and anywhere we can. More people are starting to wake up to the idea that this probably isn’t the best for us, our environment, our water supply, and our air. So, if you’re looking to tackle your chemical use, where should you start? If you’re fond of gardening, then it should be no surprise that this is where we’ll look first.   Why? It’s easy to hear the word “chemicals” and think “bad”. But what is the real impact they have on the garden and the wider environment? There are a lot of different effects depending on which chemicals they are. Herbicides do a lot more than affect weeds; they impact all kinds of flowers, the fertility of the soil, and the health of helpful insects.… Read Full Post
Florida Vegetable Garden update

Florida Vegetable Garden update

I can’t believe how long its been since I’ve given a Florida vegetable garden update!  Things are growing! You might remember that I started all of my plants from seed, all ordered from Johnny’s Seeds. This was my garden in September:   And this is today! As you can see, it is quite full. Everything seems to be doing pretty well; the first planting of beans are finished but the second planting is full of gorgeous yellow beans. Although this week has been really warm, our cooler weeks previous helped the ‘Autumn Star’ (F1) Kalettes® to really take off. The purple color is deepening and just yesterday I noticed what look like tiny buds along the stem. Hopefully some cooler weather will help these to mature.… Read Full Post
How to Plant Beans

How to Plant Beans

Learning how to plant beans may sound basic, but if you are growing your first garden this will provide step by step details. Beans are one of my new favorites!  They are easy to grow from seed and their large size makes them manageable for planting. When to Plant Beans For Florida gardeners, the When is often more important than the How. The timing of planting dates is critical to success. Especially if you are originally from more northern climates like I am, getting used to this new “gardening calendar” is important. The best time to plant beans in Florida is September through December and February through April. Why not January?  Often the soil is too cool during this month for the seeds to germinate well.… Read Full Post

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