• Organic Gardening Pest Control

    How to use Diatomaceous Earth in the Garden

    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. The best course of action is to be proactive. 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 single-celled algae called diatoms. It’s highly absorbent, so…

  • Organic Gardening Pest Control

    A Quick Guide: What Do Snails Eat and Snail Population Control

    Every creature on earth has a purpose on Earth, and that includes snails. They have a purpose. By what is their purpose? Did you know that snails are not picky eaters and will happily munch on almost anything? Their purpose in the garden is to be a decomposer and some can protect against other pests. However, snails can be quite the pest in the garden and even become overly populated in the garden. Knowing what they eat and other facts about them can be helpful in keeping them at bay and taking over your plants. This post is about ‘what…

  • Recipes

    Why Chives Flowers Are More than Just a Pretty Sight

    Have you ever stopped to admire the delicate, purple blooms atop a chives plant? While they may make for a stunning addition to your garden, these flowers are more than just a pretty sight. In fact, they have numerous culinary uses that make them worth exploring. In this post, we’ll dive into the world of chives flowers and how you can incorporate them into your cooking. From recipes and harvesting tips to the pros and cons of letting them bloom, you’ll learn everything you need to know about this versatile and exciting ingredient. So let’s get started and discover why…

  • Organic Gardening

    7 Facts About Soil pH for Tomatoes and How to Raise and Lower It

    As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This post contains affiliate links, which means I make a small commission at no extra cost to you. See my full disclosure here. I am in no way sponsored by any of the companies/products listed below and therefore have no bearing on the products I choose to review or recommend. Tomatoes are one of my favorite crops to grow and the one I’ve grown the longest. They’re an easy crop to start out with and a garden favorite to many. Soil pH is important not only for tomato plants to thrive,…

  • Organic Gardening

    All About Mushroom Compost for the Vegetable Garden

    If you’re a homesteader or gardener looking for ways to maximize your soil health and grow abundant gardens, then mushroom compost just might be the answer. It’s a versatile organic material used most often by organic farmers and gardeners because of its nutrient content that helps feed plants what they need throughout their growth cycle. In this blog post, we’ll look at how mushroom compost is made, where to buy it, and why sustainable gardeners prefer mushroom compost over traditional fertilizer or manure for nourishing their vegetable gardens. This post is all about mushroom compost for the vegetable garden. What…

  • Planting Zones

    The Ultimate Guide to USDA Plant Hardiness Zones & Microclimates

    Welcome to an introduction to the United States Department of Agriculture Plant Hardiness Zones. This is a multi-part series that will walk you through the different plant hardiness zones throughout the United States. This intro post will explain what the USDA Plant Hardiness Zones are, how many are designated, discuss terminology, as well as a variety of other information. Making Planting Easier To understand what plants grow in your climate, you must first know what planting zone you live in. I touched upon this subject in my post “How to Determine Your Area’s Frost Dates’. When you buy plants at…