Let’s talk about thinning. My more experienced gardeners are most likely very familiar with the thinning concept but for anyone who is trying their hand at gardening for the first time there is a good chance that you have read a seed packet that said, “thin to 3-5 inches” and thought…wait, what? Have no fear, dear friends, the gardening community is here to help! There … Continue reading What does “thinning” entail?
Poutine. Still need more convincing? Okay, okay…salt potatoes, french fries, home fries, mashed, baked, oven roasted, tots, hush puppies, the list of deliciousness goes on and on. Not to mention potatoes are low in fat and rich in potassium, magnesium, vitamins C and B6, iron and dietary fiber. Yes, please! I’ve also found that I save a significant chunk of change by planting my own. … Continue reading Why should I grow potatoes and where do I start?
Sorry for the abrupt ending, my phone has a mind of its own today. Make sure you tape your planter up in a sunny window and keep a little water in the bottom. Have fun!! Final product hanging in a sunny window! Double Zahara Strawberry Zinnia Continue reading Gardening activity for the kids!
You may have heard people mention that they grow their fruits, veggies and flowers in raised garden beds and wondered why on earth they would fill a box with dirt rather than just planting directly into the ground or using pretty pots. I assembled a raised bed myself this weekend so I thought I’d share some of the benefits with you and then go through … Continue reading Why raised garden beds?
They’re here!!! Your seeds have arrived, you’ve purchased some potting soil and you’re ready to get started. You may have noticed that some of your seed packets suggest sowing directly (outdoors) and either they indicate a minimum temperature requirement or they state that you should wait until after the last frost. Other seeds require starting indoors. I typically separate my seeds into two groups, start … Continue reading When do I plant these?
At this point you have decided on a gardening style that suits your desires and meets your lifestyle requirements. You’ve prepared a gardening environment, be it pots, raised beds or a nicely tilled plot, and you’re ready for the exciting part — buying SEEDS!! (the clouds part, crepuscular rays shine down and angelic singing can be heard) I get it, you’re excited!! Hold your horses, … Continue reading What does it all mean?
Like anything else in life, before you can establish a goal and devise a plan you must understand your motivation. Why do you want to garden? Do you want to provide organic produce for your family? Do you want fresh herbs so you can recreate your grandma’s famous recipe? Maybe you’d like to breath a little life into that desolate patio or teach your children … Continue reading Why do you want to garden?
As a young professional the idea of starting a garden of your own may seem daunting. Ever spent hours googling immaculate gardens only to find yourself feeling overwhelmed? Did you think, “I don’t have time for that” or possibly “that must be so expensive” or even the tried and true “maybe when I retire”?? You’re not alone. As a young professional who spends her time … Continue reading Why start a blog?