Garden Projects

How to Use Buckwheat as a Summer Cover Crop
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How to Use Buckwheat as a Summer Cover Crop

In many areas, especially in longer growing seasons, gardeners discover a mid-season fallow in parts of the garden where spring crops have harvested. This comes as a surprise to many gardeners, often in June or July. It’s prime garden season. Our summer crops are growing elsewhere. And it’s not quite time to plant fall crops….

Why and How to Grow a Garden without Tilling
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Why and How to Grow a Garden without Tilling

When you think of planting a new garden, do you envision a yearly tilling? That’s the way gardeners have planted for decades, after all. But what if there is a better way? What if you could grow a garden without tilling? Personally, I haven’t tilled my garden in years, and I’ve seen the benefits of…

9 Organic Mulch Options for the Vegetable Garden
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9 Organic Mulch Options for the Vegetable Garden

You’re already convinced that mulching is essential for the vegetable garden. But as a gardener who wants to choose organic inputs whenever possible, what kind of mulch options should you consider? Several years ago, I wrote an article about 4 mulches for the vegetable garden — each of which I had used myself to a…

How to Grow in a Greenstalk Vertical Planter
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How to Grow in a Greenstalk Vertical Planter

Whether you’re limited on space or just want to add a lot of crops for little extra work, the Greenstalk Vertical Planter is the first container gardening option I’d recommend. When the makers of the Greenstalk Vertical Planter sent me their product to test and try out, I was excited but really didn’t have high…

What do I Put on the Bottom of Raised Beds?
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What do I Put on the Bottom of Raised Beds?

A question that new raised bed growers ask me often is “What do I put on the bottom of my raised beds?” Maybe you’re just starting your garden for the first time or maybe you’re adding more to your existing garden (I add one or two every year myself). Either way, when you’re building a…

7 Garden Planning Considerations You Don’t Want to Skip
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7 Garden Planning Considerations You Don’t Want to Skip

In the late fall and early winter, it can be tempting to pause our thoughts for the next garden season. Surely, we do need to rest, and I’m all for that. But I also truly believe the more time we put into planning and organizing, the more rewarding our garden growing season will be. So…