Garden Solutions

What to cover in a freeze

What to Cover in a Freeze: Frost Protection in the Garden

Living in a warm-winter climate means that you may try to push the boundaries of what can be grown throughout winter. Frost and cold weather can come on quickly, and knowing what to cover in a freeze can mean the difference between life and death for some of your plants. Be prepared by gathering needed […] Read more…

Organic Pest Control That Really Works

Organic Pest Control That Really Works

You may be reading this post because you are looking for a quick fix to a pest problem you are facing in the garden. There are organic pest control solutions that really work (I list them below). It is important to understand the importance of healthy soil and plants as it relates to common pests […] Read more…

Best Organic Garden Fertilizer

Best Organic Garden Fertilizer

Feed the soil that feeds your plants. Learn how to make the best organic garden fertilizer with a few simple ingredients, and understand when to apply it for healthy soil and plants.  The organic fertilizer mix recommended by garden guru Edward C. Smith (recipe below) is often thought of as the best organic garden fertilizer. It […] 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…

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…

How to Compost: 10 Simple Steps for Composting Success

How to Compost: 10 Simple Steps

The satisfaction you feel as you turn yard and kitchen waste into organic fertilizer that nourishes the soil, as well as your vegetables, plants, and flowers, is the reward for putting in the effort to learn how to compost.  However, the thought of learning how to compost can be intimidating. The first time I started composting, I […] Read more…

How to make sweet potato slips

A Fast and Easy Way to Make Sweet Potato Slips

Sweet potatoes aren’t grown from a seed – they are grown from slips. A slip is a rooted sprout from a mature sweet potato. You can order sweet potato slips online or you can grow your own. If you’re wondering how to grow sweet potato slips, you’ve come to the right place. Sweet potato slips ready to […] Read more…

Seed Starting Indoors

A Simple Way to Start Seeds Indoors

I partnered with Gurney’s Seed and Nursery Co. to bring you this blog post about a simple way to start seeds indoors. Starting vegetables from seed has several advantages:  With the large selection of seeds available online, you have more variety in what you can plant.  Starting your own seeds means less risk of introducing […] Read more…

10 Vegetables that Love Hot Summers - and How to Grow Them

10 Vegetables that Love Hot Summers – And How to Grow Them

Wondering which vegetables can take the heat during an Arizona summer? Keep reading for 10 vegetables that love hot summers – and how to grow them. Disclaimer: this post contains affiliate links. See my disclosure policy for more information. 10 Vegetables that Love Hot Summers – and How to Grow Them The key to successful gardening during […] Read more…


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