How to Keep Animals Out of the Garden

Have you just planted your precious snow peas?  Are you wondering how to keep animals out of the garden so that you can actually eat them?  Here are some natural ways to keep animals out of the garden and away from your summer produce.But They Are So CUTE, Right? Last week I was thrilled to discover a bunny in the backyard. The dog was LESS than thrilled but I think they are adorable! Of course, they eat every snow pea they can reach.  They also clear the blackberries from the lower half of the bushes and eat my hot pepper … [Read more...]

Edible Gardening Tips and Foodscaping Ideas for Beginning Gardeners

One of the things I love most about spring is getting back to gardening. When we moved into our house 9 years ago, the people who owned the house before us planted lots of shrubs, trees, and grass. Personally, I don't really care for landscaping that requires a lot of maintenance without giving me back a little something for my efforts! Edible gardening is the perfect way to create an attractive yet functional collection of plants. Nothing says that your yard can't look pretty AND be edible, right? Check out my posts on edible flowers and … [Read more...]

Urban Composting Tips for City Dwellers and Apartment Renters

When you think of composting, do you envision large piles of organic waste turned regularly by dedicated farmers, pitchforks in hand? While large composting bins do yield more soil, urban composting is becoming a popular activity for anyone trying to go green. Just because you live in a city or rent an apartment doesn’t mean you can’t compost like a pro. Here are a few urban composting tips and basics to help you reduce your trash output.What Is Compost? Compost is decomposed organic matter. That organic matter can consist … [Read more...]

Tips For Preparing Your Spring Garden

One of the best ways to save money on organic food is to grow your own. Gardening is a great way to save money on your grocery bill. In addition, backyard gardening also offers the added benefit of exercise. Lugging bags of soil around, tilling up the ground, and weeding your garden beds works out muscles you probably don't use very often. Preparing your spring garden early is incredibly important. I thought I'd share a few gardening tips that might help you succeed this spring.When should I start my garden in the spring? Before you … [Read more...]

What to Plant in November, Both Inside AND Outside!

Wondering what to plant in November? Or are you convinced that cold, dreary days mean the end to your gardening addiction? While it is true that most gardening comes to an abrupt halt once the chilly days and near-freezing nights of fall roll around, there are still a few things you can plant in November if you want to try your hand at fall gardening.  What to Plant in November Some of these fall garden plants should be grown inside but others can be sowed out in the ground to ensure an early spring crop of food as soon as the … [Read more...]

8 Plants that Bloom in Winter Perfect for Your Back Yard!

In most areas of the country, winter is rather dreary. A look out your window usually shows a collection of grays, browns, tans and other drab colors. Maybe your yard is blanketed with white snow and the sun is hidden by a thick blanket of clouds. It's a far cry from the reds, yellows and greens that we see during the spring and summer. However, winter doesn't have to be completely without color. There are many plants that bloom in winter that can add vibrant colors to your back yard.Winter plants can perk up your spirits on an … [Read more...]

Fall Vegetable Gardening: 5 Things To Plant Now and Preparing Your Garden for Fall

You probably look outside and see an abundance of tomatoes and cucumbers in your summer garden. However, September is fast approaching and we need to start thinking about fall vegetable gardening in the next few weeks.A fall garden needs to be prepared just like any other season. You need to clean out dead plants, fertilize the soil, and decide what to plant for maximum yield. What chores should you put on your to-do list this week? And what should you plant in the fall? You will only achieve a bountiful fall harvest with a properly … [Read more...]

Creative Uses for Eucalyptus Leaves for Home and Health

I have a serious problem. One that has me looking for uses for eucalyptus leaves and considering buying a koala bear. What is this problem I speak of? Well, I can't seem to go into a garden nursery without buying every weird plant that I come across! Seriously. One year I bought tarragon even though we had never used tarragon before. And apparently it is a perennial and now I have enough tarragon to outfit a small nation.Last year I bought a eucalyptus plant and now I am wondering what to do with eucalyptus leaves. Because apparently this … [Read more...]

Summer Gardening Tips for a Bountiful Harvest

Summer gardening is always a bit less fun for me than spring gardening! The weather is hotter, the weeds are taking over and the bugs are hungry. However, if I am going to manage to get any harvest at all this summer I need to stay ahead of the game. I thought I would share a few of my summer gardening tips to help you maximize your harvest this year. Check out my post on essential gardening supplies and get outside!Chores for Your Summer Garden Checklist There are always a ton of summer gardening chores to be done but some are easily … [Read more...]

DIY Earwig Trap for Your Garden

One of the things that bugs me (HAH!)  most about gardening is trying to outsmart the bugs without resorting to chemicals. Sometimes the bugs win but sometimes I win so I keep plugging away at my attempts at organic gardening. My least favorite garden pest is the earwig and having this DIY earwig trap out by my plants is an absolute must.What is an earwig? They are nasty, creeping looking bugs and I will give you more into below. Of course, learning how to make a homemade earwig trap is a great way to save money, right? Since a DIY … [Read more...]

Tarragon Vinegar Recipe and 5 Other Uses for Tarragon

Several years ago,  I was strolling through the garden center and I stumbled across a tarragon plant in the herb section. This is not an herb I have ever used a lot of and I had no idea what uses for tarragon I might come across but I bought a plant for the backyard herb garden. Little did I know that tarragon would THRIVE in my backyard! I never researched how to grow tarragon...I just stuck it in the dirt and lucked out. And wouldn't you know it but tarragon is a perennial here in the south. It gets bigger every year! I have given some to … [Read more...]

Cheap and Natural Organic Gardening Solutions for Frugal Gardening!

With the arrival of spring, I will soon be putting some of my favorite organic gardening solutions to work outside. After the long and dreary winter,  I am ready for spring to finally arrive. Okay, Atlanta got a whopping total of about 1 inch of snow this winter but hey, it totally freaked out the southerners! The temps are on the rise and the ground is almost ready for planting. I hope you will join me on my edible gardening adventure this year with these frugal gardening tips!Cheap and Natural Organic Gardening Solutions In preparation … [Read more...]

Tips for a Healthy and Productive Spring Garden

Is spring showing signs of sprouting? Are you looking for tips for a healthy and productive spring garden? Maybe I can help! Winter is pretty much gone here in Georgia. My little garden beds lay empty (or full of now dead plants!) and they are just waiting for me to show them a little bit of love. While my kids are having daydreams of more snowmen and hot chocolate,  I am having dreams of my upcoming spring garden. I am tired of being cold and am looking forward to being able to go out to my yard and play in the dirt again!Tips for a … [Read more...]

Essential Gardening Supplies for Home Gardeners

Over the past few weeks I have been teased with a few warm and sunny days. I head out and turn the soil, mentally planning what will go in each bed. Time is spent browsing online sites for essential gardening supplies and drooling over the plants already at my garden centers. I KNOW I can't plant for another month but the suspense is killing me! Since Mother Nature is just waiting for me to plant in order to send me an ice storm, I am making good use of my time by making sure I have the best gardening tools for home gardeners ready to … [Read more...]

Winter Bird Feeding Tips for Happy and Healthy Backyard Birds

Looking for a few winter bird feeding tips to attract your feathered friends? Feeding birds in fall and winter can be a bit more work than just throwing out a bit of seed for them like you do in the spring. Winter is hard for all backyard birds and providing them with winter bird seed can help make their lives a tad bit easier. Backyard bird feeding during the fall and winter will usually attract a whole different variety of birds to your yard than you do during the spring. Since most birds fly south during the colder weather, you may very well … [Read more...]

How to Prepare Your Garden for Winter

Wondering how to prepare your garden for winter? If your garden has been under as much stress this summer as mine has been, it's ready for a long nap! Bugs, heat, drought and an assortment of other things have really stressed out my garden this year. By pampering my garden beds this winter, I am hoping that next spring I will have soil that is raring to go and ready to provide me with a few delicious ingredients for my kitchen. You can still do a bit of November gardening but it is getting time to hunker down for a long cold … [Read more...]

Growing Your Own Garlic Starts in the Fall!

The last time I was at my local farmer's market, I noticed that there were huge heads of elephant garlic for sale. I bought several of them since we use so much of it in our daily cooking. The farmer said that the garlic was not only great for eating but also for growing your own garlic right in the garden.I tried growing garlic a few years ago along with several other cool weather crops but never got it to grow very big. I'm hoping that I can plant my own garlic again this year with better luck and save myself some money at the grocery … [Read more...]

10 Summer Garden Projects You Need to do NOW!

I know it's incredibly hot out there but there are a ton of summer garden projects that could be done this month! Each season has its own garden chores to tackle. Spring means getting the soil ready and planting. Fall is the season to harvest the last of the summer produce and clean up the garden beds. And summer...the summer garden offers a LOT of opportunities to get your hands dirty! If you are wondering what sort of summer garden projects to tackle this month, here is a list of things to add to your to do list!This post contains … [Read more...]

Mint Growing Tips and 5 Uses for Fresh Mint When it Takes Over the Garden

Many years ago, my husband and I started growing mint in the back yard. I thought I would share a few mint growing tips with you because this stuff is incredibly useful to have around! Over the last few years, I have found some really creative uses for fresh mint to try to use it all up. You really don't  need much of a green thumb to get started growing your own mint. In fact, once you put the plant in the ground, you will probably find that it takes over the garden bed quite easily! But, for those of you without a green thumb, I thought I … [Read more...]