• Organic Gardening

    Choosing the Best Wood for Raised Garden Beds

    So you want to have raised garden beds. Excellent! You’re going to love having them. There are so many advantages to having raised garden beds. Raised garden beds are a fantastic way to elevate your gardening experience, providing numerous benefits such as improved drainage, better soil control, and easier access for planting and harvesting. Before getting started there are a couple of things to think about. The first thing is to decide whether you want to buy raised garden beds or you’re going to build your own. The second important thing you need to decide is what material they’re going…

  • Organic Gardening

    Learning the Basics About Cover Crops: What the Benefits are and How to Use them in the Garden

    This is a two-part series post. Part I: Learning the basics of cover crops: find out about what we’ll be experimenting with this spring and fall, what cover crops are and how they can benefit your garden, what benefits they serve, and examples of what to use. Post II to subsequently follow. This post contains affiliate links, which means I make a small commission at no extra cost to you. See my full disclosure here. A Year of Experimenting This year is going to be such an interesting year. First of all, I’m growing food not only at our own house,…

  • Organic Gardening

    Blossom End Rot Treatment: How to Prevent Blossom End Rot

    Learn about soil health, blossom end rot, what is it, how to identify it, and how to prevent it. In your garden, you see a beautiful tomato forming. You marvel at its bright red, shiny skin. It’s perfect, you think to yourself and beam at your success of growing something so beautiful and perfect. Then you begin to imagine how you’re going to eat it. Of course, at first it looks perfect, but on closer examination you notice the fruit stopped forming. The bottom of it is brown and bruised looking. Your heart slowly sinks. You quickly go online to…

  • Sourdough

    Troubleshooting Guide: Sourdough Starter Not Rising and How to Fix It

    Introduction Sourdough baking is so much fun once you get the hang of it. But ask just about anyone who bakes with sourdough how it all started out and chances are they’ll tell you it wasn’t easy. It definitely comes with its fair share of challenges. I’ll be the first to tell you that I had a lot of issues getting started. At first, I tried making my own sourdough starter. I failed so many times I’m not even sure how many times I tried. It felt like such a waste too with none of them working out for me.…

  • Organic Gardening

    The Best Mulch for the Vegetable Garden

    A key element in the garden is using mulch. Mulch is a game-changer for gardeners, providing a plethora of benefits such as moisture retention, weed suppression,  soil temperature regulation, and reduces soil impaction. These are all super important benefits in the garden because they help to keep your plants healthy and reduce the amount of maintenance for you! As I always say, “work smarter, not harder.” This post was all about the best mulch for the vegetable garden. What is Mulch? Mulch is a protective layer of material applied on top of the soil. It serves several purposes, including conserving…

  • Beginner Gardening

    Understanding the Basics of Diagnosing Tomato Leaf Problems and Why It’s Important

    Learn how to start troubleshooting any type of tomato leaf issue you may see in the garden. This is the first post of the series that’s dedicated to identifying potential health problems to a very much prized backyard crop. Each post links back to its preceding post and its next post once published. At the end of the series, they’ll be compiled into an easy access categorical topic on the blog.  This post is all about diagnosing tomato leaf problems.  Introduction When people think about tomato plants, everyone always thinks about the fruit. Tomatoes, with their luscious fruit and vibrant…