• Organic Gardening

    Mini Guide to Carrot Gardening Tips: How to Plant, Grow, Harvest, and Store

    Carrots can sometimes be a difficult crop to grow if they aren’t given the proper conditions. They’re not fans of heavy, compact soils. Check out this mini guide to carrots to help you have a successful crop this year. Mini Guide about Carrots – Carrot Gardening Tips Carrots are such a versatile vegetable. They’re the base for so many different dishes – sauces, soups, salads – just to name a few. We use carrots in our home cooking very often, almost as much as we use garlic and onions.  Carrots have so many health benefits too! They’re good for your…

  • 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

    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…

  • Organic Gardening

    How to Prepare a Garden Bed in 4 Easy Steps

    It’s almost springtime, which is an exciting time for gardeners and homesteaders as we prepare for planting our gardens. It’s March and soon the warm weather will sweep in. Although you may be skeptical of that happening as you watch the weather channel here in the US.  California is getting pummeled with snow and heavy rains on the West coast, while the East coast is expected to have a Nor’easter this week.  But don’t worry! If you’re anxious to get started, there are things you can do in the garden in preparation for the growing season after the bad weather…

  • Planting Zones

    The Beginner’s Guide to Zone 7 Planting

    Are you a beginner when it comes to growing plants and don’t know where to start? Have you ever looked at a plant tag only to be confused by the planting zone? This guide will help explain what the Planting Zone 7 is and some tips on what kind of plants grow best in this climate.  Happy growing!   Knowing Your Planting Zone is Essential Planting zones are an essential tool for any plant lover, as they allow gardeners to decide which plant varieties can successfully survive and thrive in their climate. They help you determine when your first frost…

  • Organic Gardening

    Planting Tomatoes in Raised Beds: A How to and the Benefits

    Learn about the benefits of planting tomatoes in raised beds, how to plant them, which varieties are best suited to grow in raised beds, and basic care and maintenance of your plants. If you’re looking for an easy way to spice up your garden, planting tomatoes in raised beds is a great option. Not only are raised beds more aesthetically pleasing than traditional garden beds, but they can also provide many benefits for the gardener. From increased soil drainage and decreased erosion to improved access to sunlight and better pest control, there are plenty of advantages that can be gained…