Gardening for Beginners: How to Start a Garden in 8 Simple Steps

Gardening for Beginners: How to Start a Garden in 8 Simple Steps

Thinking about starting a garden, but aren’t sure where to begin? This post, all about gardening for beginners, is for you — with 8 simple steps to help you start your garden.  Does this sound familiar? Looking around my yard, I see weeds, overgrown plants, and a few dried out pots I tried to grow […] Read more…

How to grow thyme - tips for growing thyme

How to Grow Thyme: 5 Tips for Growing Thyme

Thyme is my favorite herb. I love the flavor it adds to soups, roasts, potatoes, veggies, and just about any savory dish. Thyme grows well year-round in the low desert of Arizona. I often head out to the garden to harvest a handful of stems. Bees love thyme as well and are drawn to the […] Read more…

10 Biggest Vegetable Gardening Mistakes

10 Biggest Vegetable Gardening Mistakes

Gardening for the last 12 years has taught me several lessons, many of which I learned the hard way.  In this post I share my picks for the 10 biggest vegetable gardening mistakes. I’ll be the first to admit I’ve made most of the mistakes on this list.   Learn from my vegetable gardening mistakes and […] Read more…

How to Grow Poppies: 8 Tips for Growing Poppies

How to Grow Poppies: 8 Tips for Growing Poppies

Learn how to grow poppies, and add stunning blooms to your garden. Poppies are grown nearly all over the world, and come in varied sizes, colors, and textures. Bees and other pollinators are drawn to these vibrant flowers. Poppies are a springtime staple in my garden in the low desert of Arizona. Although the blooms […] Read more…

How to Grow Cantaloupe: 9 Tips for Growing Cantaloupe

How to Grow Cantaloupe: 9 Tips for Growing Cantaloupe

Cantaloupe thrives in warm weather and needs a long growing season; great news for desert dwellers. Learn how to grow cantaloupe, and add this tasty fruit to your garden and table. Once cantaloupe is picked, it continues to ripen but does not get any sweeter. When you grow your own cantaloupe you can pick it […] Read more…

Vertical Gardening: 10 Vegetables that Love to Climb

Vertical Gardening: 10 Vegetables that Love to Climb

Vertical vegetable gardening saves space, helps avoid pests and disease, makes harvesting easier, and adds beauty to your garden. But, which vegetables are best grown vertically? In this article, I share 10 vegetables that love to climb (in no particular order… a gardener can’t play favorites). Disclaimer: this post contains affiliate links. See my disclosure policy for […] Read more…

10 Ways to Help Your Garden Survive Summer

10 Ways to Help Your Garden Survive Summer

The days are beginning to warm up, and the anxiety about how your garden will survive the intense summer heat is rising as fast as the mercury in the thermometer.  Here are 10 ways to help your garden survive summer. Take a deep breath, grab a cool drink, and read them under the shade of […] Read more…

Vermicomposting Made Easy: In-Bed Worm Composting

Vermicomposting Made Easy: In-Bed Worm Composting

Worm composting directly in the garden bed simplifies the process of vermicomposting. The worms live, work, reproduce, and make worm castings in the garden bed, right where they are needed.  In-bed vermicomposting solves the problem of what to do with the worms during extremes of hot and cold. For example vermicomposting in hot weather places […] Read more…

How to grow Zinnias - 5 Tips for Growing Zinnias

How to grow Zinnias – 5 Tips for Growing Zinnias

Learn how to grow low-maintenance zinnias and add a long-lasting pop of color to your garden during even the hottest months of the year. Butterflies, bees, hummingbirds, and other pollinators are drawn to these vibrant flowers. Zinnias make excellent cut flowers, and come in varied sizes, colors, and textures.  Disclaimer: this post contains affiliate links. […] Read more…