• Homesteading for Beginners - Organic Gardening

    The 12 Principles You Need to Know about Permaculture Gardening

    You’ve probably heard about it before – permaculture. What is permaculture gardening? Permaculture gardening offers a way to grow your food sustainably by working with nature. It combines natural processes to create a self-sustaining system that yields abundant fruits and vegetables. This method focuses on recycling, regenerating, and reusing resources, ensuring you use what nature provides effectively. To begin, you need to understand the principles of permaculture, such as observing your environment, planning your garden layout, and using composting techniques. By laying the foundation of this practice, you can create a garden that thrives all year round, all while reducing…

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    Planting in the Shade: What You Should Plant with Hydrangeas

    Hydrangeas are a stunning addition to any garden, known for their lush foliage and generous blooms that come in a range of colors. Their flowers come in white, pink, blue, purple, and white with a hint of lime green. These colors range based on the acidity of the soil.  When you’re planning your garden, considering what to plant with these shrubs and trees can enhance their beauty and ensure a well-rounded and visually appealing space. Companion planting is not only about aesthetics, though: the right neighbors can help your hydrangeas thrive by improving soil quality, regulating light, and maintaining moisture…

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    No-Till Gardening: Secrets to a Healthier, Low-Maintenance Garden

    You might’ve heard about no-till gardening, but the name can definitely be misleading. Is there absolutely no tilling in this type of gardening method? What is this method all about and what are its principles in comparison to tilling? No-till gardening offers a simpler and more sustainable approach that benefits both you and the environment. By leaving the soil undisturbed, you promote natural processes that enhance soil health and reduce weed growth. This method focuses on layering organic materials like compost, leaves, or mulch directly on the surface of your garden bed. This not only saves you from the back-breaking…

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    Tomatoes Not Turning Red? Here’s What You Need to Know

    Are you frustrated with your tomato plants not turning red? There are several factors that can contribute to this problem, but luckily, there are also several solutions. In this blog post, we will explore the reasons why your tomatoes may not be ripening and provide tips for getting them to turn red. This post is all about tomatoes not turning red. One of the most common reasons for tomatoes not turning red is temperature. If the temperature is too hot or too cold, the tomatoes may not ripen properly. Ideally, the temperature range for ripening green tomatoes is between 68…

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    Should I Use Epsom Salt for Tomato Plants?

    There’s a lot of debate as to whether you should use epsom salt for your tomato plants. Does it actually work?? Epsom salt is a mineral known as magnesium sulfate. It has the ability to enhance a plant’s green color and promote larger, more plentiful tomato yields. While some gardeners swear by its application, others caution against its use, suggesting that it may only be beneficial if the soil is deficient in magnesium. Epsom salt is believed to provide an accessible source of these essential nutrients, which can help in chlorophyll production and seed germination. However, it’s essential to note…

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    How to Protect Your Vegetable Garden from Animals

    Gardening enthusiasts often face the challenge of protecting their vegetable gardens from animals. A thriving garden can attract unwanted visitors such as rabbits, deer, birds, and rodents who are tempted by the promise of a fresh meal. Birds can even undo all of your hard work by eating the seeds you just planted! Keeping these animals out without causing them harm is a priority for gardeners committed to both their crops’ success and wildlife well-being. Various methods can be implemented to safeguard vegetables, ranging from physical barriers to natural deterrents. Installing a fence is a foundational step, as it physically…