• 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 - Organic Gardening Pest Control

    Companion Planting Onions: Best Partners for a Healthier Garden

    Companion planting is a tried and true gardening method that involves strategically grouping certain plants together to enhance growth, deter pests, and encourage healthy harvests. When it comes to onions, choosing the right companion plants is particularly beneficial. Onions release certain compounds that can deter pests and diseases, making them valuable allies in the garden. By understanding which plants are compatible with onions, gardeners can create a more productive and less maintenance-intensive garden. While the benefits of companion planting are numerous, it’s equally important to be aware of which plants could be detrimental to onions. Some plants may compete with…

  • Organic Gardening

    Why Raised Garden Beds Enhance Your Plant Growth and Soil Health

    Raised bed gardens are so beautiful and you may even be considering installing them in your own garden. Do raised beds make sense for your set up?  What are the benefits of having raised beds and what are the drawbacks? Our Experience with a Raised Bed Garden We’ve had our raised bed garden area for 3 years now. I can’t believe it’s been that long! Our first year here we started in a small section of our yard and put in an in-ground garden, which did considerably well. The next year we decided to expand our garden, except in that…

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    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,…

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    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…