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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…

Basic Herbs to Grow for Health and Body Care
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Basic Herbs to Grow for Health and Body Care

When most beginners start their gardens, they choose to include herbs for cooking and culinary use. Basil, rosemary, and thyme are common in home gardens, as they should be. But as I’ve learned, culinary herbs are just the beginning of a wide world of herbal options. Some herbs and flowers offer incredible options for medicinal…

Soil Blocking: Pros and Cons to Using Soil Blocks in Indoor Seed Starting
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Soil Blocking: Pros and Cons to Using Soil Blocks in Indoor Seed Starting

Have you seen the popular indoor seed starting method — soil blocking — where you start seeds indoors without using containers? Perhaps you’re intrigued like I was at first, but you’re wondering: is starting seeds in soil blocks right for you? I’ve used soil blocks in my indoor seed starting setup for a few seasons….