• 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…

  • 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…

  • Beginner Gardening

    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,…

  • Organic Gardening

    How to Compost Horse Manure Fast

    Composting horse manure is a great way to increase the fertility of soil in your garden. Horse manure provides a great source of organic material and can be used to improve soil structure, drainage, and aeration. But if you don’t know how to do it correctly, you could end up with a pile of manure that takes forever to decompose. In this blog post, I discuss the best way to compost your horse manure quickly so you can get the most use out of it in your garden.  This post is about horse manure. [Related Post: All About Mushroom Compost…

  • Organic Gardening Pest Control

    How to use Diatomaceous Earth in the Garden: Is Diatomaceous Earth Safe for Plants?

    I don’t like to use any synthetic pesticides in my garden and try not to use anything on my plants. But sometimes, you have to use something to deter whatever pests are taking over your garden. It’s better to be proactive, especially if you know what pests are repeatedly attracted to your garden. I only use organic methods in the garden that are safe for both my family and me. In this post, we’ll discuss: This post is all about ‘is diatomaceous earth safe for plants’. What is Diatomaceous Earth? Diatomaceous earth (DE) is a natural substance made from fossilized…