Our Garden Guide {Just A Few Tips}

Tips for Starting Your Own Organic Garden Many readers have expressed interest in creating their own organic garden in their own backyard. As a result, I wanted to share a few tips for starting a backyard garden that is organic, sustainable and earth-friendly. There are numerous benefits to planting your own organic garden at home. … Continue reading Our Garden Guide {Just A Few Tips}

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Prepping the Garden for Tomatoes

Where you plant your tomatoes in the garden is important. Tomatoes need at least six to eight hours of sun a day to produce well -- and full sun is best, especially in cooler, more northern climates. Tomato roots won't do well in soggy soil -- a sunny, well-drained part of your garden is best. Best Soil … Continue reading Prepping the Garden for Tomatoes

Growing Tomatoes

Healthy, vigorous tomato vines can produce a lot of fruit. If you're new to gardening, try growing just a few tomato plants at first - perhaps two or three plants of two to three different varieties. But of the thousands available, from cherished heirloom types to the hottest new hybrids, how do you narrow your choices? Criteria … Continue reading Growing Tomatoes

Growing Leeks

Leeks have an unfair reputation for being complicated to grow. These delicious, mild-tasting, non-bulbing onion relatives are in fact easy to start from seed and, with some simple techniques, produce long, white stalks that taste great in traditional leek and potato soup, braised in wine, or chopped in casseroles and risottos. About leeks Leek cultivars fall … Continue reading Growing Leeks

Six Tropical with Fantastic Foliage

Tropicals are trending this summer, from natural nursery specimens to leafy prints on picnic plates and outdoor pillows. We love the remarkable array of leaf shapes, sizes, and colors that can be found in forests around the world, from towering palms to striking Staghorn ferns. Today, we're embracing the tropical trend with 6 of our … Continue reading Six Tropical with Fantastic Foliage

Camellia

Like many of America’s favorite plants, the camellia is native to Asia. One tradition holds that Europeans and Americans first wanted the plants for commercial cultivation — Camellia sinensis for tea and Camellia oleifera for seed oil used in cooking and cosmetics. Instead of supplying these species, which produce understated little flowers, the Chinese slipped … Continue reading Camellia

Low-Water Garden Plants An Option in Drought-Heavy Areas

Coping with drought is a way of life for many people across North America. The National Climatic Data Center, a part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, works cooperatively with Canada and Mexico to monitor climate and drought conditions across the continent. According to the NOAA, the globally-averaged temperature for 2013 tied as the … Continue reading Low-Water Garden Plants An Option in Drought-Heavy Areas

Gardening in Dry Climates

Gardeners in climates where summers are dry {or those in other areas who are looking for low-maintenance plants} can still have plenty of flowers. Choosing the right location for the garden will help. Here are some tips: * Site the garden where it will get some shade during the hottest part of the afternoon. * … Continue reading Gardening in Dry Climates

Homemade Organic Pesticides

Ever wonder what farmers did hundreds of years ago to fight off crop pests? Long before the invention of harmful chemical pesticides (yes, the kind that is linked to cancerous cellular activity), farmers and householders came up with multiple remedies for removing insect infestations from their garden plants. The following list will offer some of … Continue reading Homemade Organic Pesticides

A Water – Wise Herb Garden.

Combine drought-tolerant varieties with water-saving techniques for a garden that takes the dry weather in stride. Herb gardeners are not the kind of people who give up easily. A few years ago, when we nursed our garden's through a drought with heavy water {the type carried by hand}. We learned the value of special planting … Continue reading A Water – Wise Herb Garden.