• Gardens,  Veggie Garden

    5 Tips for Garden Planning Success

    Can you believe it’s time to plan your gardens? I always get so excited this time of year knowing it’s time to start growing, but before you rush off to the store and start buying up every plant be sure you take the time to map out your vegetable and flower garden! Garden planning is an important but often overlooked step, especially in beginner gardens. Mapping out and planning your garden allows you to spatially layout where and when you are going to place all your plants in order to keep your beds producing all season long to their best ability. Here are 5 Tips for Garden Planning Success What…

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    Cut Flowers,  Gardens,  Veggie Garden

    How to Create a New Garden Bed

    Did you know fall is the perfect time to prepare a new growing area for the following year? It’s true! A little forethought and cleverness can save you hours, days, and weeks of backbreaking work in the future. Today, I’m going to show you how to create a new garden bed from either an utterly barren, unproductive area of our yard or a garden bed run over with weeds. Step One: Cover the Ground to Kill the Weeds & Grass If you want to plant a garden next year, RIGHT NOW is the time to start preparing that area! We avoid tilling as much as possible. While there is a…

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    Cut Flowers,  Gardens,  Veggie Garden

    Starting Seeds Indoors

    It’s possible to have a fine vegetable garden by buying young plants, but you will have a much wider range of possibilities if you start your own plants from seeds indoors. Not only is it much cheaper, but you can buy seeds for many more varieties than you will find for sale at a nursery. This will allow you to experiment with more different flavors, shapes and colors, and to harvest your favorite edibles over a longer period by planting varieties that mature at different times. Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you click…

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    Gardens,  Veggie Garden

    Start a Tomato Garden

    Tomatoes are the most popular vegetable to grow! And when first starting out a tomato garden is where everyone wants to start. Whether you grow them for canning (like I do) or for fresh eating, a bumper crop of tomatoes can make any gardener feel like a pro. How do we get that bumper crop? Though we can’t control the yearly nemeses of weather, disease, and pests, getting our tomato plants off to a good start gives them the best advantage. The trick to growing great-tasting tomatoes is to choose the best varieties, start the plants off right, and control problems before they happen. Start here with some time-tested tomato…