Around here we are always trying to reduce waste, and one of the easiest ways we have found to do that is by composting. I love that composting makes waste useful again by providing my gardens with valuable nutrients. A few more added bonuses are that we are sending less of this volume into the landfills, using fewer garbage bags, and have less smelly garbage.
I’ve been seeing living walls pop up all over the place and I was pretty intrigued from the first moment I saw them. They just look so cool and I totally wanted one, but all the premade versions seemed a little expensive for my tastes. I racked my brains trying to think of an inexpensive way to design a homemade/DIY version of it, but I was really failing in that department. Maybe it’s the engineer in me, but I really wanted something perfect. [Read more…]
Adding flowers to your vegetable garden may seem counter-intuitive to you. You’re probably over there thinking something like I have a flower garden, why would I plant flowers in the vegetable garden? They will take up space where I could be growing tomatoes! But what if I told you that those flowers would help your tomatoes taste better, repel pests, and help your plants grow larger? Now I’ve got your attention, right?
Tis the season to start garden planning. That’s if you haven’t five times over already, like yours truly.
I often get asked what plants to start with, or do I think will grow well on a friends property, and that’s a really tough question to answer because everyone has different climates, microclimates, soil, and time availability. What works for one person might not work for someone else in the same space. However, there are a few universal plants that do well in most soils, in most climates, with little to no attention and that’s what this list is about. The easiest to grow veggies. [Read more…]
The time has come for those of us in Zone 5 of the northeast to begin the process of starting seeds. This is my first year starting many of my seeds indoors. While I have always started cold weather seeds outside, in the past I have relied on local growers to provide things like tomatoes, peppers, and even some herbs. This year will be different (I hope). Starting seeds is harder than buying obviously, but it also saves quite a bit of money, keeps things organic and adds another level of self-sufficiency to this whole process. [Read more…]