• 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,…

  • DIY

    Quick & Easy Guide for How to Make a Raised Garden Bed

    This is one of the most requested how to’s you’ve been looking for. I’ve written down a step-by-step guide on how to build your own DIY raised beds. So let’s get started! About three years ago, we decided to build our own raised beds. It’s much more cost effective than what we saw in pricing at that time. Last year I probably wouldn’t have recommended building raised beds this way because of the cost of lumber. But now with the price coming down, it seems much more doable. Before you go out and buy anything though, here are some tips…

  • Organic Gardening

    Planting Tomatoes in Raised Beds: A How to and the Benefits

    Learn about the benefits of planting tomatoes in raised beds, how to plant them, which varieties are best suited to grow in raised beds, and basic care and maintenance of your plants. If you’re looking for an easy way to spice up your garden, planting tomatoes in raised beds is a great option. Not only are raised beds more aesthetically pleasing than traditional garden beds, but they can also provide many benefits for the gardener. From increased soil drainage and decreased erosion to improved access to sunlight and better pest control, there are plenty of advantages that can be gained…

  • Organic Gardening

    Can you Grow Strawberries in Raised Beds?

    Raised beds can make gardening so much easier than growing in the ground. Raised beds may seem like you’d be rather limited to what you grow since there is a more limited space. So can you grow fruits like strawberries in raised beds? My Experience Growing Strawberries It’s been so nice being able to grow fruit in our garden. Strawberries are a great addition if you’re quickly looking for a harvest. You can start having a crop with strawberries in as little as a year or two, depending on how mature your plants are. That’s pretty quick considering after 4…

  • Organic Gardening

    How to Grow Potatoes in Raised Beds

    Growing potatoes in raised beds can be a great option if you have soil that has a lot of clay and/or rock. Here are some tips, along with how we did it! Our First Year Growing Potatoes Potatoes are said to be one of the easiest vegetables to grow in the garden. This year is our first year growing potatoes and we can’t wait to see how we’ve done. Currently the potato plants are dying off, which indicates that they’re ready to be harvested. As we go about the process, I’ll be providing updates on the blog. But feel free…

  • Organic Gardening

    Why Have Raised Beds: 11 Pros and 10 Cons to Raised Bed Gardening

    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 a year now. I can’t believe it’s only been a year though because it seems so much longer than that. 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…