• 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,…

  • Beginner Gardening

    A Basic Guide for How to Start an Herb Garden

    Learn what an herb garden is, how to start an herb garden, why you should start one, how to incorporate the herbs from your garden every day, what kinds of herbs to grow, when to start planting them, and a bonus FAQ. What is an Herb Garden? Herbs have been grown for millennia. There are records dating to Egyptian times of herb gardens being grown. They have been used for their medicinal properties, in cooking, and even decorating.This year we have a new addition to our ever growing garden. We’re going to have a whole area dedicated to herbs. What…

  • Beginner Gardening

    Which Garden Type is Best for You?

    The Beginner’s Guide to Gardening: In-Ground Versus Raised Beds Versus Containers. A comparison of different types of gardens to help decide what type of garden works best for you. Introduction An in-ground garden, raised beds, or container gardening – which is the right one for you and your garden. We’ve used all three of these types of gardens, which depended on where we were living, how large of a garden we were able to plant, as well as a variety of other factors this post will review. In my last post, I talked about growing tomatoes in ceramic containers on…

  • Organic Gardening

    My Tomato Plant Leaves Look Gray/Purple: What is the cause?

    Identifying issues with your plants can be quite disconcerting and you may not immediately know the reason why your tomato plant’s leaves are changing color. It is important to troubleshoot the problem quickly. This post may contain affiliate links, please see our privacy policy for details. Introduction While gardening, things may not always go as planned. One minute your tomato plant is looking green and beautiful, but a couple of days later, you may notice a purplish/grey tinge to the leaves. Before we look at ways to remedy the purple leaves, we must first examine why the leaves are turning purple in…

  • Organic Gardening

    How to Plan Your Vegetable Garden: Top 5 Important Things to Know

    So you’re starting a vegetable garden. Now what? Some links are affiliate links, which means I make a small commission at no extra cost to you.  If you haven’t had a chance to read ‘How to Start a Vegetable Garden‘, you may want to read it before proceeding with this post. I reviewed some important elements to consider to find the ideal spot for your garden. 1. Before You Start Planting: Plant Hardiness Zone It is essential to first determine what planting zone you reside in. A planting zone is a standard used by gardeners and growers to determine the…