• Beginner Gardening

    Common Herbs You Need in Your Garden

    Herbs are inherent to cuisines around the world, providing distinctive flavors, aromas, and colors to a variety of dishes. The use of herbs spans from the burst of freshness that cilantro brings to a taco to the deep, earthy essence of rosemary in roasted meats. These plants hold historic significance with many used for medicinal purposes long before they made their way into the kitchen. Understanding the different types of herbs, their uses, and how they can enhance your cooking can transform ordinary meals into extraordinary experiences. Herb gardening is another aspect that has gained popularity, as it allows you…

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    Find out Just How Many Cucumbers Per Square Foot

    When planning a vegetable garden, understanding how many cucumbers you can grow per square foot is essential for maximizing space and yield. Cucumbers are a popular choice for both veteran and novice gardeners due to their relatively easy cultivation and the refreshing taste they bring to salads and pickles. To achieve a good yield, it’s crucial to consider the space each plant requires. Overcrowding can lead to poor air circulation and increased susceptibility to diseases, while too much space can result in a less efficient use of your gardening area. The last thing you want to see is diseases like…

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    When to Apply Fertilizer to the Vegetable Garden

    Knowing when to fertilize your vegetable garden is crucial for optimal plant growth and yield. Applying fertilizer at the right time can be the difference between a good harvest and a disappointing one. To ensure your vegetables receive the nutrients they need, it’s best to understand the specific requirements of your plants and soil. The ideal time to fertilize often aligns with key stages in plant development, beginning with soil preparation before planting. This post is all about when to apply fertilizer to the vegetable garden. As an Amazon Associate I earn on qualifying purchases. This post contains affiliate links,…

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    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…

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    No Dig Gardening for Beginners: Simple Steps to Get Started

    You may or may not have heard about no dig gardening. Contrary to what the name suggests, yes, there is some digging involved. It’s a method that doesn’t involve the traditional turning and tilling of the earth, thus preserving the complex ecosystem beneath our feet. The no dig method relies on adding layers of organic material directly on top of the soil, creating an environment conducive to plant growth and beneficial organisms. Hence the name no dig. However, you still have to dig holes in order to put plants in the ground. For beginners, no dig gardening is attractive because…

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    What You Need to Know About Growing Basil: Basil Growing Stages

    Basil, a versatile and aromatic herb, goes through several developmental stages. From the initial planting of seeds to the emergence of seedlings, each phase of growth requires specific care and conditions to ensure a healthy plant. Basil, just like most herbs, is very easy to take care of and one of the reasons why I always recommend having homegrown herbs. Basil’s ability to thrive in various environments makes it an excellent choice for both novice and experienced gardeners. Throughout the growth cycle of basil—from germination to the flowering stage—attention to detail is necessary. Factors such as soil quality, light exposure,…