If you ask any seasoned gardener their least favored part of gardening, you'll likely hear the word "weeds." In this post I shared my method of preventing weeds before they start. Part of that method -- as in any sustainable non-chemical weed control -- is the use of a weed barrier. In my garden, ... Read More > about 4 Types of Mulch You Can Use in Your Garden
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There are few garden subjects I am more passionate about than mulch. It prevents weeds and regulates moisture in the soil, among its other benefits. But which mulch should you use? Perhaps the most common is shredded leaves, but what if you're like me and you don't have access to deciduous trees? ... Read More > about Could Hay Mulch Poison Your Garden?
You should see the shock on people's faces when they ask how I control insects in my garden and I reply, "I don't use pesticides." Of course, I clarify that statement by explaining that I will, if necessary, resort to organic methods -- but that's only in extreme cases. Otherwise, I've ... Read More > about 4 Ways to Grow a Healthy Garden without Pesticides
When I began gardening, I wanted to start growing blueberries right away. One of the most healthy fruits you can eat, blueberries are expensive to buy at the grocery store, and the flavor of store-bought blueberries simply can't compare to homegrown. Growing blueberries is much simpler than you ... Read More > about Growing Blueberries? Avoid these 4 Beginner Mistakes
When I started my garden in 2013, I was a lone ranger (or so it seemed). Almost no one I knew grew a garden, so I depended on Pinterest and garden books. Looking back, how I wish I had a garden community -- or even just one friend! -- who shared my passion. It would have been so much nicer to text ... Read More > about 15 Tips for First-Time Gardeners
I love going on vacation! From week-long excursions to weekend getaways, I spend hours researching our next destination. Maintaining a 3,000-square foot garden and enjoying a summer vacation -- at first thought, these two may seem like opposing activities, as if you have to choose one or the ... Read More > about 5 Ways to Prepare Your Garden for Going on Vacation