Garden Makeover: Before, During & After

Garden Makeover: Before, During and After

The raised beds we made when we first started a garden in 2009 are falling apart and it is time for a garden makeover. When we moved into this home over 12 years ago, one of the first things I did was start a garden. We finally had room and I’d always wanted a garden. […] Read more…

How to create shade in the garden

How to Create Shade in the Garden

If you garden in climates where the summer sun is intense, it’s best to provide afternoon shade for many vegetables in the garden. Adding shade to your garden is like putting “sun screen” on your plants. Wondering how to create shade in the garden? Here are my favorite ways to add shade and help your […] Read more…

7 Things Organic Gardeners Do Differently

How to be an Organic Gardener: 7 Things Organic Gardeners Do Differently

Including 30 Practical Suggestions for Implementing Organic Gardening Principles What exactly is organic gardening? How is it different from regular gardening? Why does it matter?  Organic gardening is more than just not using pesticides and other chemicals in your garden; it is a way of gardening that makes pesticide and chemical use not needed.  Disclaimer: […] Read more…

Grow bag gardening

Gardening in Grow Bags: 5 Tips for Success

Gardening in grow bags is a simple way to begin gardening almost anywhere. Pick up a few bags, fill them with soil, and you’re ready to go.  It’s easy to see why grow bag gardening is becoming a popular option for new gardeners and gardeners who are looking to add more space to their gardens. […] Read more…

10 Biggest Citrus Growing Mistakes

10 Biggest Citrus Growing Mistakes

Citrus is easy to grow in warm climates, but it is important to avoid a few key citrus growing mistakes many home citrus growers make. Learn from other’s mistakes and enjoy better tasting citrus fruit for years to come.   The information in this blog post about citrus growing mistakes is for citrus planted in the […] Read more…

Garden Planning in 5 Simple Steps

Garden Planning in 5 Simple Steps

Garden planning helps you make the most of the available space and sunlight in your garden. Each new season in the garden can seem overwhelming. Knowing what to plant, when to plant, and where to plant is a juggling act for even experienced gardeners. Taking the time to make a plan will help you be […] Read more…

5 Tips for Successful Companion Planting

5 Tips for Successful Companion Planting

Companion planting folklore has existed for centuries. Although modern research often validates the effectiveness of some companionships, we don’t understand all the reasons why it works. Effective organic gardening techniques often implement many types of companion planting.  This article covers the benefits of companion planting, and provides practical suggestions for how to implement companion planting […] Read more…

How to Grow Garlic Chives: 5 Tips for Growing Garlic Chives

How to Grow Garlic Chives: 5 Tips for Growing Garlic Chives

Learn how to grow garlic chives with these 5 tips and add some to your garden this season. Garlic chives (Allium tuberosum) are an easy addition to the garden. If you live in zones 4-9, find a spot for this reliable perennial herb in your garden and it will come back year after year. A relative […] Read more…

How to Grow Lisianthus: 10 Tips for Growing Lisianthus

How to Grow Lisianthus: 10 Tips for Growing Lisianthus

On a whim, I picked up a 6 pack of lisianthus (Eustoma grandiflorum) at a local nursery several years ago. It was worth a try to see if they would survive the incredibly hot summers here in the low desert of Arizona. I wasn’t sure how to grow lisianthus, and was shocked when they grew […] Read more…