Proud moment — my baby brother has decided to give gardening a try. [all the warm and fuzzy feels] After chatting with him a bit about seeds, plants and what his newbie goals are it became clear to me that this blog has deviated a bit from the original intent. The purpose of this platform was to break down topics and concepts that can be … Continue reading 5 Tips For Beginner Gardeners
It has been a long cold spring here in the Mid-Atlantic, both literally and metaphorically (thanks to SARS-CoV-2), and my garden is off to a slow start. That being said, I thought now may be a good time to check in and tell you what I have growing, how long they’ve been growing and what kind of progress they’ve made. Let’s start with with warm … Continue reading Whats Growing – Spring 2020
Often times when I am chatting with fellow veteran gardeners, I hear the expression “succession planting” thrown around. This term technically has four different meanings, all of which may be new and exciting options for the beginner gardener. In my previous experiences working with first-time gardeners, more often than not they have the notion that the seeds get planted all at the same time and … Continue reading What does “succession planting” mean to you?
I know social media gets a bad rap for a number of reasons, but since becoming a member of the Instagram gardening community I have found myself continuously learning new techniques and becoming aware of more resources and tools than ever before. Not only are there gardeners contributing varying levels of experience but there are cultivators in all different growing environments. There are rooftop container … Continue reading A Green Thumb’s Toolbox
If nothing else, challenging times remind us just how valuable gardening truly is. It fuels the body, challenges the mind and nurtures the soul… I hope you are all taking the necessary measures to keep your loved ones safe. Cheers, friends! Continue reading Six on Saturday 03.21.2020
It is not uncommon to find myself chatting with a non-gardener and hear them claim that they would love to give it a try but they just think that, “the whole thing is too expensive.” I then gently explain that gardening can be expensive but it certainly doesn’t have to be. That is a choice. There are many ways to minimize the cost of a … Continue reading Gardening on a Budget
A friend of mine recently reached out and asked for some gardening advice. She was unsure about which plants should be started inside and which should be directly sown into her raised bed. I provided her with some suggestions and thought you may find them helpful as well. Here goes… Beans – directly sow both bush and pole varieties after last frost. Beets – these … Continue reading In or Out?
Here in zone 7A, signs of spring are popping up all around us. Many varieties of trees and shrubs are heavily budded and early flowers such as Daffodils and Tulips are breaching the soil surface in vibrant green clusters, on nearly every lawn. Song birds can be heard attempting to lure in a mate and many can be witnessed collecting materials for nest building. It’s … Continue reading Spring Has Sprung 2020
Prepping for spring! I hope everyone had a Valentine’s day full of love. Cheers, friends! Continue reading Six on Saturday 02.15.2020
I have had several inquiries recently about my use of grow lights for starting seeds inside, so I thought I would share my advice here for all of you to reference as well. There are several benefits to starting seeds inside in early spring. Not only does it extend the length of your growing season by 2-3 months, but it also gives you more control … Continue reading Red & Blue Grow Lights: 5 Tips to Get You Started