Category: Gardening

30 Second Guide to Growing Parsnip

30 Second Guide to Growing Parsnip

In this series I’m compiling the quick and dirty info on growing specific vegetables. Just the basics. No fluff, no frills. When you’re sitting down in the late Winter, surrounded by seed catalogs, and your garden plan in front of you, you want a quick reference. How far apart can you plant? What pH do they need? How much water? What vegetables can you plant next to others? Which should you avoid? This quick and dirty 30 second guide to Parnsips should help you answer all those questions quickly, without having to sort through article after article. I’ve always wanted a […]

Guide to Saving Tomato Seeds

Guide to Saving Tomato Seeds

Your tomato plants have given you an entire summer of produce. However, the leaves are starting to brown, you’re not getting any more blossoms, and the days are getting shorter. As you’re wrapping up your last canning jars of spaghetti sauce and pizza sauce, it’s a good time to start planning for next year’s garden. Sign up for our newsletter

How to Protect Your Plants From Frost

How to Protect Your Plants From Frost

Planting a Fall vegetable garden is always a gamble. You never know when the first frost is going to come, how many weeks of good weather we’ll have, or if a freak snow storm is going to wipe everything out. I like this resource by the Farmer’s Almanac that gives you the estimated last and first frost dates for your area: Frost Dates. Simply put in your zipcode and click “Change”. However, your local topography can affect your likelihood of frost. The Frost Dates given by the Farmer’s Almanac are for a light freeze – 29° to 32° – which will likely […]

Composting 101: a Guide to Making Nutrient Rich Compost at Home

Composting 101: a Guide to Making Nutrient Rich Compost at Home

If you’re gardening, you should also be composting. Composting is a simple, easy and free way to add quality nutrients to your soil, and better soil means happier plants! But the thing I love most about composting, is that is takes what would normally be scraps that would end up in the trashcan and re-purposes them. It gives them a second life. That banana that you ate will go to fuel you, and the peel will go to fuel your garden! It’s a perfect cycle and nothing gets wasted. Sign up for our newsletter

How to Start a New Garden – From Scratch

How to Start a New Garden – From Scratch

Whether you just bought a new homestead (like us!) or are expanding an existing garden, at some point you’ll have to start a new garden from scratch. There it is – a big open lawn, or bare dirt spot, or area of your property you want to turn into a vegetable or herb garden. But where do you start? You can see it, done, in your mind’s eye – but how do you get from here to there? How do you make sure you don’t make any mistakes now, that will make your life harder down the road? Choose the […]

30 Second Guide to Growing Sweet Potatoes

30 Second Guide to Growing Sweet Potatoes

In this series I’m compiling the quick and dirty info on growing specific vegetables. Just the basics. No fluff, no frills. When you’re sitting down in the late Winter, surrounded by seed catalogs, and your garden plan in front of you, you want a quick reference. How far apart can you plant? What pH do they need? How much water? What vegetables can you plant next to others? Which should you avoid? This quick and dirty 30 second guide to Sweet Potatoes should help you answer all those questions quickly, without having to sort through article after article. I’ve always wanted […]

How to Pickle Garlic Scapes [Recipe]

How to Pickle Garlic Scapes [Recipe]

Last week I posted about why and how you should harvest your garlic scapes. Scapes are often cherished, very seasonal delicacies at farm-to-table restaurants. They add fresh, green touches to a strong garlic flavor. One of the best ways to preserve and then eat scapes is to pickle them. Pickled garlic scapes are a “refrigerator pickle” which means there’s no traditional canning or processing. You simply add a vinegar mixture to the jar with the scapes and keep in a corner in your fridge for a few weeks. People have been pickling vegetables for nearly 4000 years. It was a […]

How and When to Harvest Garlic Scapes

How and When to Harvest Garlic Scapes

  Growing Garlic If you haven’t tried your hand and growing garlic yet, I highly recommend it! It requires patience (up to 8 months!), but they are incredibly low maintenance, and can be incredibly profitable. Craig from Profitable Plants Digest claims you can make $8 per sq ft of garlic. And one head of garlic can be broken up and each clove replanted to grow a brand new head! If you’d like more info on growing garlic, check out my quick and dirty cheat sheet on it: 30 Second Guide to Growing Garlic. This is where I got my garlic bulbs from and […]

30 Second Guide to Growing Potatoes

30 Second Guide to Growing Potatoes

In this series I’m compiling the quick and dirty info on growing specific vegetables. Just the basics. No fluff, no frills. When you’re sitting down in the late Winter, surrounded by seed catalogs, and your garden plan in front of you, you want a quick reference. How far apart can you plant? What pH do they need? How much water? What vegetables can you plant next to others? Which should you avoid? This quick and dirty 30 second guide to Potatoes should help you answer all those questions quickly, without having to sort through article after article. I’ve always wanted a […]

9 Natural Ways to Get Rid of Aphids

9 Natural Ways to Get Rid of Aphids

Aphids are tiny pest insects that most gardeners have had to address at one time or another. There are over 4,000 different aphid species and their color can range from green to white to black. Aphids suck the sap from plants, namely, young growth. However, minor infestations usually don’t create a lot of damage. Aphids are capable of rapid asexual reproduction, though, that can turn minor infestations into major ones in a matter of days. Heavy aphid infestations will cause plant leaves to yellow, wilt, and eventually effect overall plant health. In addition to the damage they create by eating […]