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...]

Square Foot Gardening Tips for Maximum Yield

Growing more food in less space is the wave of future gardening. Using the square foot gardening method is simple and allows for maximum produce yield in minimal space. This gardening technique also enhances produce flavor, reduces water usage and reduces the amount of work for the home gardener. Utilize these square foot gardening tips for maximum yield in your home garden this growing season and enjoy a bountiful harvest.This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase through a link on this site, we receive a small … [Read more...]

Vine Growing Tips for Your Garden Landscape

My husband and I have some rather ambitious plans for the backyard next year. There is a tree that needs to come down and in its place, we are considering some sort of wooden structure covered with vines to provide a shaded seating area. I have started reading up on vine growing tips so that I know what I want to plant and how to ensure that they don't take over the rest of the yard. Have you considered adding vines into your landscaping? They can be used in a variety of different ways throughout the yard and can help create a striking visual … [Read more...]

Best Natural Weed Control and a New Way to Look at Weeds!

I have been spending quite a bit of time out in the yard for the last few weeks now that spring is finally here. The grass is growing like gangbusters, the garden plants are in their beds and there are tons of projects that need tending to. One thing that I absolutely HATE doing is dealing with weeds. Of course, since I refuse to spray them all with chemicals,  I am left searching for the best natural weed control methods I can find. This usually involve pulling them out by hand and swearing a lot! It's hard work but it does work!This … [Read more...]

How to Keep Snails out of the Garden

For years, I have grown rhubarb in my backyard. And for just as long, I have been fighting a snail problem in my garden. Seriously...I don't know what it is about rhubarb that seems to draw snails like flies to honey! I have been trying to figure out how to keep snails out of the garden so that I can actually EAT the produce that I spend time growing. Between the snails and the earwigs, I am getting really sick of bugs! If you are battling a snail problem in your own garden, here are a few simple ways to keep them under control this … [Read more...]

Urban Gardening Ideas for Small Spaces

I am always wishing I had more space in my backyard for gardening. In reality, the 1/3 of an acre that we own could do so much more for me than it actually does. People living in urban areas have it tougher than me! Outdoor space is typically very limited for those living in the city, but there are many urban gardening ideas for small spaces that will allow you to grow fresh fruits and vegetables. Fresh, healthy, organic and delicious produce can be grown even in the smallest of spaces with these plant growing tips. I will include a few … [Read more...]

Growing Annuals in Pots: Follow These Tips for Beautiful Flowers

After a late freeze and some very chilly rain, the sun is finally out again and I think spring has actually arrived. I have started buying some herbs and a few seed packets and am looking forward to getting my hands dirty. Since I want to add a pop of color to my porch and patio, I am growing annuals in pots.There are a wide variety of flower types to choose from at the nursery this year. I chose a few edible pansies but am also planning on adding a few more as the weather warms up. If you want to start growing annuals, here are a few tips … [Read more...]

How to Grow Potatoes in the Garden

Many years ago I decided to learn how to grow potatoes in the garden mainly because it sounded like a unique thing to do and I stumbled across them at the nursery one spring. Potatoes are incredibly versatile and cheap so they are a fairly common kitchen staple in my house. You can grow a wide variety of potatoes depending on what you come across at the right time. If you want to learn to grow potatoes in your own garden, here are a few simple step! How to Grow Potatoes in the GardenStep One:  Find Seed Potatoes!  For your first attempt … [Read more...]

Indoor Seed Starting Tips for Home Gardening

I have learned over the years that there are some plants that I can grow from seed and others that I just can't. Starting your home gardening experience from seed has a lot of benefits. I decided to start researching a few indoor seed starting tips to get a head start on planting season. It is MUCH cheaper to start growing your own food from seed than it is to have to buy your plants as seedlings from the nursery. You also have a much greater variety to choose from, including many heirloom and organic seed types. When you buy plants from the … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Preserve Hot Peppers for Spicy Meals All Year Long!

As we move into late August, the heat loving plants are thriving and I am looking for ways to preserve hot peppers. In late spring I planted many different varieties of these spicy little buggers...jalapenos, habaneros, seranos and many more. Of course, I couldn't just plane ONE of each of these varieties...oh no! I had to plant at least two of everything I bought. Which means that as we head into late summer and early fall I now have so many hot peppers I don't even know what to do with them all. For months I have been giving them to … [Read more...]

How to Attract Toads to the Garden and Why You Want Them There!

I bet you are asking yourself why in the world you want to attract toads to the garden, right? If you love growing your own food, you really need to keep reading to find out! We have a TON of toads in the garden and I am thrilled that they call my back yard home. Toads eat garden pests like the dreaded hornworm caterpillar and squash beetles that like to attack my garden. Learn how to attract toads and you will have significantly fewer garden pests! But, can you just stick out a toad house with a for rent sign and hope they show up? Not … [Read more...]

Tips for Using Diatomaceous Earth in the Garden

Have you ever tried using diatomaceous earth in the garden? This weekend I spent hours out in the backyard planting a few seeds and plants from the nursery. Then, I came inside and ordered a bag of diatomaceous earth so I can start using it in the garden as soon as possible. You know why? Because every year I lose my zucchini plants to squash bugs!I generally stick to organic gardening and use absolutely nothing on my garden plants. However, that often means that my hard work is ruined by squash bugs and tomato hornworm caterpillars. This … [Read more...]

How to Preserve Fresh Herbs for Maximum Flavor

Knowing how to preserve fresh herbs can save you a ton of money at the grocery store.  Using fresh herbs straight from the garden is a summer delicacy when it comes to cooking, however,those fresh herbs don't last long.  Need some unique and creative ways to preserve fresh herbs? Check out my tips for freezing, dehydrating and so much more!Preserve Herbs to Save Money! If you are wondering how to preserve fresh herbs, you have probably figured out that they taste SO much better than the stuff you get in your grocery store. Not … [Read more...]

Eco Friendly Garden Ideas to Help Save the Planet

With the onset of warm weather, I am finally able to get out into the back yard and do a bit of planting. I am always looking for eco friendly garden ideas while I browse through my local nursery. This weekend I hit the garden center and bought a ton of plants, some fertilizer and a few new pots. I chose plants not treated with neonicotinoids to help protect the bees, organic fertilizers made from natural substances and clay pots rather than plastic. Gardening can be fun but the way you choose to do it plays a huge part in your carbon … [Read more...]

DIY Mason Bee House to Help Save the Pollinators!

This DIY mason bee house is my attempt at attracting more pollinators to my yard and providing them a save place to feed and reproduce. I had never heard the term 'mason bee' before, but once I checked them out on Wikipedia I knew what they were. They are named from their habit of making compartments of mud in their nests, which are made in hollow reeds or holes in wood made by an assortment of bugs.Basically, instead of hives, like traditional honey bees, mason bees lay their eggs in hollow twigs. This diy mason bee house was … [Read more...]

Spring Gardening Tips: Preparing Your Garden for Planting

I realize that it's barely March, but here in Georgia spring comes early. I already see dandelions popping up and my crocuses have been blooming for weeks. I have been searching the web for some spring gardening tips to ensure that I have at least a little bit of success with this season's plantings. I am a GREAT planter but not always such a good grower so I need all the help I can get. I spent an hour or two outside last week preparing my garden beds for a new crop and thought I would share a few of my spring gardening tips with you. I would … [Read more...]

How to Grow Lettuce in the Garden

If you love a delicious salad or enjoy some greenery on your sandwich, you need to learn how to grow lettuce in the garden. Sure, you may think it's still winter but spring will be here before you know it. Lettuce loves cool weather and if you wait too long to plant lettuce in the garden, the weather will be too hot once the plant reaches maturity. Hot days mean wilted lettuce and that is not tasty at all. Lettuce is incredibly versatile and can be used in a lot of different ways. Unfortunately, when I buy lettuce from the grocery store, it … [Read more...]

Tips to Improve Your Garden Photography for Instagram

Gardening in an interesting combination of exercise, food growing, and phycological cleansing. There is something almost therapeutic about digging in the dirt with the sun shining on your face. Yes, there are bugs. Yes, you get dirty and sweaty. And yes, the day after you plant,  your entire body aches like you went 10 rounds with a sumo wrestler. But when you see those beautiful flowers blooming, your cucumber vines winding up the trellis, and the dew glistening on the tips of your basil plant, you will realize your hard work has paid off a … [Read more...]

5 Edible Flowers for Your Backyard Garden

Edible flowers are a great way to add a burst of color to your food. A bright yellow blossom in your salad or a soft purple bud on your soup can really make your meal visually appealing. What do flowers taste like? Well, they all taste just a tad bit different, depending on what you plant and when you pick it. Primarily I find that a soft, earthy flavor predominates, sometimes with a touch of spiciness to it. You are really just adding a visual pop to your dish, not a ton of flavor. Edible flowers are not always appealing to dinner guests but … [Read more...]