6 Ways To Preserve Your Bumper Garden Harvest

After tending a fruit and veggie garden all summer long, being rewarded with a bumper crop or two is a wonderful feeling. And you definitely don’t want any of that fresh, homegrown food to go to waste! If your basket runneth over this season, here are 6 techniques you can employ to help preserve the harvest and enjoy the fruits of your labor: 1. Water… [read more]

11 Steps To Starting Your Own Organic Backyard Vineyard

More and more people are turning to backyard gardening with an eye to raising their own crops and becoming more self-sufficient. One area that has a seen a lot of growth is the organic backyard vineyard. Having a small-scale vineyard is a little different than growing a few clusters of table grapes though the practices are similar. The process is initially labor intensive, as you… [read more]

5 Reasons You Should Build a Bug Hotel & How to Do It

Insects are an integral part of a successful garden. Some beneficial insects can actually help control and reduce the populations of detrimental insects, and many are responsible for the pollination of flowers, both ornamental and for food crops. By providing these insects with inviting homes, you can help promote their wellbeing and contribute to increasing their numbers. When spring arrives, you’ll have all the pollinators… [read more]

20 DIY Garden Supports For Every Type Of Plant

While some plants – like broccoli, corn, lettuce, and cabbage – grow just fine on their own, others need a support system in place to ensure they are strong, healthy, and productive. Not only will tall supports increase yield, they can help conserve space so you can add more plants to your garden. By lifting and spreading the plant, supports also promote good air circulation;… [read more]

12 Best Natural Ways To Get Rid Of Stink Bugs From Your Home & Garden

When the warmer weather starts to arrive, large green or brown bugs known as stink bugs may appear, crawling on walls, or flying around the windows in your home. If you live in a drafty old house, you’re likely seeing them just about everywhere, now that the sun has become brighter and stronger. If you don’t know what they are, you might swat at them,… [read more]

6 Reasons You Should Grow Heirloom Seeds & 6 Best Places To Buy Them

If you’re starting a garden, or have had one for years but have never taken the time to understand the difference between GMO, hybrid and heirloom seeds, here’s your opportunity. Heirloom seeds are derived from open-pollinated plants that pass on similar characteristics and traits from the parent plant to the child plant. They’re possible to regrow, and be passed on from one generation to the… [read more]

How To Grow The Best Sunflowers + 7 Wonderful Uses For The Entire Plant

Native to the Americas, Helianthus annuus – or the common sunflower – is among the most recognizable flowers in the world. Once worshipped by the Incas as a symbol of the Sun God, these towering beauties are bright and cheery, the perfect symbol of summertime. Planting a row of sunflowers along a fence or as a group in a corner garden will certainly add a… [read more]

12 Weird & Unusual Fruits & Veggies You Can Grow At Home

Growing your own fruits and vegetables comes with many benefits, from saving money and getting the freshest produce possible to getting exercise in the garden, and being able to choose from an incredibly vast selection of different varieties that you’d likely never see in your local grocery store. With all of those choices, why not have some fun and grow some more unusual fruits and… [read more]

11 Best Ways To Get Rid Of Garden Weeds Organically

Summer is here and gardens are all abloom. Unfortunately, your herbs and veggies aren’t the only things that love this time of year. Garden invaders, like sorrel, clover, and crabgrass are growing strong too. Of course, sometimes, it can be hard to tell which are actually weeds, and which might be highly useful and healthy plants. While most people would agree that weeds are unwanted… [read more]

12 Apps Every Gardener Should Download Right Now

Whether you tend a garden to grow food or to beautify your outdoor spaces, working in the soil carries many benefits beyond fruit and flowers. Gardening can be hard work, but you can make it easier on yourself this season with the help of one of these gardening-centric smartphone apps: 1. iScape An excellent visualization tool for landscaping or gardening projects large and small, iScape allows… [read more]