• Organic Gardening

    The Sweetest Blackberry Variety You’ll Want in Your Garden

    When searching for blackberry varieties, sweetness is often a key factor for gardeners and anyone who loves fruit! There are numerous blackberry varieties available, each with unique characteristics and flavor profiles. Certain varieties are specifically renowned for their exceptional sweetness, making them a favored choice for fresh eating, desserts, and preserves. Sweetness in blackberries can be influenced by genetics, growing conditions and ripeness at harvest. As a result, there’s a considerable interest in identifying which variety takes the crown for being the sweetest. Considering the available varieties, one standout is the Ponca blackberry, recognized for its significant sweetness. This particular…

  • Organic Gardening

    15 Amazing Plants for Companion Planting Strawberries

    If you’re looking to grow strawberries in your garden, companion planting is an essential technique that can help you get the most out of your crop. Companion planting involves planting different species of plants together in a way that benefits both plants. By planting certain plants alongside your strawberries, you can help to deter pests, improve soil quality, and increase yields. In this article, we’ll explore the basics of companion planting with strawberries, including the benefits of this technique and the best companion plants to use. We’ll also cover some common pests and diseases that can affect companion planted crops,…

  • 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…

  • DIY Homestead Projects

    Hack: How Deep Should a Raised Garden Bed Be?

    Easy hack/guide to figure out how deep your raised garden bed should be. Determining the ideal depth for a raised garden bed is crucial, as it can greatly influence the health and yield of your garden. The depth required can vary depending on several factors, including the type of plants you intend to grow and their root systems. For shallow-rooted plants, a minimum depth of 6-8 inches may suffice, while deep-rooted vegetables will thrive with 12 inches or more of soil depth. Comfort and ergonomics are key considerations when selecting the height of your raised garden bed. If the bed…

  • 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…

  • Homesteading for Beginners - Organic Gardening

    Gardening on a Budget: How to Fill a Raised Garden Bed Cheap

    This growing season, it’ll be 3 years since we built our raised bed garden. We have two separate areas where we grow our crops. There is a small traditional in-ground garden and a raised bed garden. We chose to put in a raised bed garden because the soil was very poor. It was just easier for use to expand the garden by putting in the raised beds instead of amending the soil. There’s just too much rock in it. Filling raised beds with soil can be expensive but it doesn’t have to break the bank! In this guide, we’ll explore…