• Planting Zones

    The Ultimate Guide to USDA Plant Hardiness Zones & Microclimates

    Welcome to an introduction to the United States Department of Agriculture Plant Hardiness Zones. This is a multi-part series that will walk you through the different plant hardiness zones throughout the United States. This intro post will explain what the USDA Plant Hardiness Zones are, how many are designated, discuss terminology, as well as a variety of other information. Making Planting Easier To understand what plants grow in your climate, you must first know what planting zone you live in. I touched upon this subject in my post “How to Determine Your Area’s Frost Dates’. When you buy plants at…

  • Organic Gardening

    17 Best Garden Tool Sets on Amazon in 2022

    As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This post contains affiliate links, which means I make a small commission at no extra cost to you. See my full disclosure here. I am in no way sponsored by any of the companies/products listed below and therefore have no bearing on the products I choose to review or recommend. Gardening tools are essential to getting the job done in the garden. There are so many on the market it may be overwhelming when buying as a beginner gardener. It also depends on what exactly you’re looking for in a kit.…

  • Organic Gardening - Organic Gardening Pest Control

    How is Neem Oil Safe for Vegetables

    In our garden, we only use organic techniques for pest control. One method that’s often shared in neem oil. What’s neem oil though and is it safe to use? Updated June 30, 2023 Although I really don’t like to have to get rid of insects that wreak havoc in the garden, they can unfortunately make their way into the garden. We’re in the process of amending the soil in our garden, which takes quite a long time.  I’ve been reading that the more unhealthy your soil is, the more issues with insects you’ll have. We haven’t gotten to that point…

  • Organic Gardening Pest Control

    Organic Gardening: How to Control Earwigs in My Garden

    Don’t let the name scare you, earwigs are actually one of the good guys when it comes to organic gardening. These beneficial insects help control harmful pests in your garden by eating them. They’re especially effective at controlling aphids, caterpillars, and grubs. The best way to attract earwigs to your garden is by providing them with a habitat. Here’s how to create a friendly environment for these helpful critters. Dealing with Bugs Doesn’t Get Any Easier Gardening can be like a never-ending battle against the bugs. From friendly critters that help protect your plants to more unwelcome guests, they all…

  • Organic Gardening

    Can you Grow Strawberries in Raised Beds?

    Raised beds can make gardening so much easier than growing in the ground. Raised beds may seem like you’d be rather limited to what you grow since there is a more limited space. So can you grow fruits like strawberries in raised beds? My Experience Growing Strawberries It’s been so nice being able to grow fruit in our garden. Strawberries are a great addition if you’re quickly looking for a harvest. You can start having a crop with strawberries in as little as a year or two, depending on how mature your plants are. That’s pretty quick considering after 4…

  • Organic Gardening Pest Control

    Organic Gardening: How to Prevent & Control Vine Borers

    Your squash plants look withered and lifeless, are shriveling, and there’s a strange substance coming out of the stem. What’s causing your plant to die? My Experience with Vine Borers My experience with vine borers started about 2 or 3 years ago. Before that, I had never had any issues with them until we moved to our new home. It took a little bit of time for me to finally realize what exactly was affecting my plants. One minute they were looking lively and great, then one day they weren’t. It wasn’t until I heard other gardeners and homesteaders talking…