Companion Plant Profile: Calendula

Companion Plant Profile: Calendula

Calendula is one of the best all-around garden plant companions! Find out why and how to grow it in your garden!    Calendula (Calendula officinalis), also known as “pot marigold”, is probably one of the cheeriest flowers you can add to your veggie garden!...

Grow It Guide: How to Grow Rhubarb!

Grow It Guide: How to Grow Rhubarb!

This "Grow It Guide" highlights an amazing and often overlooked perennial plant: Rhubarb! Read on for more info on how to grow rhubarb in your home garden along with ideas for harvesting and using it!   About Rhubarb Rhubarb is one of those “heritage” plants if...

How to Make a Tomato Cage Hot House

How to Make a Tomato Cage Hot House

Some like it hot! Some garden veggies that is!  Hot crops like tomatoes, peppers and eggplants need a long warm season to produce and ripen their fruit. A lot of larger tomato varieties need an average of 80+ days to start producing harvest-ready fruit. Sweet...

It’s Not Too Late to Plant a Garden!

It’s Not Too Late to Plant a Garden!

Fear not! It's not too late to plant a garden! Here are some tips to ensure you can enjoy a great harvest, even with a late start!   In late spring and early summer, one of the main things I get asked from my coaching clients and blog readers is the question: “Is...

How to Mark & Track Seeds + Seedlings

How to Mark & Track Seeds + Seedlings

Good records and efficient labeling is key to growing your own seedlings! Here are the best methods and tools to mark and track seeds and seedlings!  Learning how to properly and efficiently grow your own garden vegetables and plants from seed is one of the best...

The Best Ways to Water Seeds & Seedlings

The Best Ways to Water Seeds & Seedlings

 Learn how to properly water your seeds and seedlings to grow healthier starts for your garden!  We have been talking all about seeds lately! Why? Because growing your own vegetables and plants from seeds is like printing your own money! Seriously! It's a...

How to Sow Seeds in Containers

How to Sow Seeds in Containers

Sowing seeds is fairly straight-forward, but there are some important things to know for more successful germination. Here’s the full scoop on how to sow seeds in trays or containers! For many years, I would head to the nursery each spring and purchase a cart-full of...

All About Seed Starting Containers

All About Seed Starting Containers

There are so many seed starting containers to choose from! Here's the run-down on picking the best option for your seeds and a quick look at how to properly fill the containers with soil before planting.    When it comes to starting seeds, one of the first...

How to Make a DIY Pallet Path

How to Make a DIY Pallet Path

It's easy to create a beautiful and functional garden pathway from pallets! Here's how to create a DIY pallet path, step by step! A few years ago, I set out to transform a bare patch of our property into a beautiful garden area for my perennial plants and medicinal...

Soil Drainage: How & Why to Test It!

Soil Drainage: How & Why to Test It!

Did you know that soil drainage can directly effect how successful your garden is? Luckily, it's easy to learn more about your soil by doing an easy at-home soil drainage test!   Are you tired of guessing how much and how often to water your plants?  Knowing...

DIY River Rock Garden Bed

DIY River Rock Garden Bed

Raised beds are a wonderful solution for many types of gardening. Here's how to make your own beautiful river rock garden bed using basic supplies you probably already have on hand!   Let's talk about how to create river rock raised garden beds! They...

How to Ripen Tomatoes Faster on the Vine

How to Ripen Tomatoes Faster on the Vine

Are your green tomatoes slow to ripen? Check out these tricks to ripen tomatoes faster as the end of the season approaches!   Each summer, grow an abundance of tomatoes. We grow about 16 tomato plants each year that provide our tomato-based products for the...

How to Grow Store Bought Potatoes

How to Grow Store Bought Potatoes

All about how to grow store bought potatoes! Don't let those sprouted potatoes go to waste - here's how to plant them and grow even more potatoes!  We've all done it! We've left those potatoes in the back of the cupboard and forgotten them. By the time that we...

How to Make a Seed Starting Soil Mix

How to Make a Seed Starting Soil Mix

 A special seed starting soil mix allows your seeds to grow under the best conditions possible! And, it’s easy and affordable to make your own seed starting soil mix at home - here’s how!   Why exactly do you need a special seed starting soil mix? I must...

The Fall Garden: Everything You Need to Know

The Fall Garden: Everything You Need to Know

How to plant the perfect fall garden + a free planning worksheet! Don't put your seed packets away just because the crisp fall air has arrived! Fall is a great time to garden! Here's everything you need to know about how, when and what to plant to have a beautiful and...

The Truth About Growing Your Own Food

The Truth About Growing Your Own Food

Growing your own food is an exciting and wonderful adventure! But there's more to it than just planting a garden. If you want to be successful, you will need to make some lifestyle changes as well!   I remember being a new homesteader and wondering what...

GMO or Hybrid: What’s the difference?

GMO or Hybrid: What’s the difference?

Home gardeners: Do you know the difference between a GMO and a hybrid? Lately, I've seen a lot of discussion about seeds, especially pertaining to what a GMO is and if it's the same thing as a hybrid. Frankly, I'm glad to see this discussion happening!  It's...

Weeds Are Not the Enemy: 10 Benefits of Weeds

Weeds Are Not the Enemy: 10 Benefits of Weeds

It seems like weeds couldn't possibly serve any beneficial purpose, right? Think again! The benefits of weeds are actually quite impressive!   I feel like I have become a weed evangelist lately!  No, it’s not like that… 😉  “Weeds” as in the...

How to Test Soil Texture for a Better Garden

How to Test Soil Texture for a Better Garden

Test the texture of your garden soil using these easy at-home DIY soil texture test! No fancy supplies are needed, and you'll have your results within a few hours!   If you want a beautiful garden that will grow you lots of food, you’ve got to start with good...