How to Grow Broccoli

Five Tips For Growing Broccoli

Broccoli is a cool-weather, frost-hardy member of the brassica family grown for its edible flower buds and stalks. Although broccoli is packed with vitamins and minerals (vitamin A, potassium, folic acid, iron, & calcium to name a few), my family loves the taste and enjoys eating broccoli all season long. Learning how to grow broccoli […] Read more…

How to Grow Alyssum: 5 Tips for Growing Alyssum

How to Grow Alyssum: 5 Tips for Growing Alyssum

One of the most enduring garden annuals is sweet alyssum. This old-fashioned favorite is gaining new popularity as gardeners realize the benefits of this important companion plant. Learn how to grow alyssum with these 5 tips, and add beauty and attract pollinators and beneficial insects to your garden.  Disclaimer: this post contains affiliate links. See […] Read more…

How to Grow Garlic

How to Grow Garlic: 10 Tips for Growing Garlic

Garlic is one of the easiest crops to grow, and learning how to grow garlic is simple. Even better, once you’ve grown it, you can regrow garlic year after year from your own bulbs.  Keep reading for tips for how to grow garlic in any climate, including hot climates like the low desert of Arizona. Disclaimer: […] Read more…

5 Best Ways to Keep Rollie Pollies from Destroying Your Garden

5 Ways to Keep Pill Bugs from Destroying Your Garden

Although rollie pollies (also called pill bugs or potato bugs) usually eat decaying and decomposing plant matter, occasionally pill bug numbers are high and they wreak havoc on a garden. To my great frustration, countless seedlings have been destroyed by rollie pollies in my garden.  As an organic gardener, I’m not willing to use pesticides […] Read more…

Chicken Supplies: 8 Essentials for New Chicks and Young Chickens

Chicken Supplies: 8 Essentials for Chicks & Chickens

Once you’ve decided that chickens are right for you, it’s important to gather the needed chicken supplies BEFORE you bring the chickens home.  Disclaimer: this post contains affiliate links. See my disclosure policy for more information. Here are the 8 essential chicken supplies for young chicks: 1. Brooder box A brooder box is where the chicks will […] Read more…

The best way to water raised bed gardens #gardening #watering #driplineirrigation

Best Way to Water Raised-Bed Gardens

Understand and follow correct watering principles, and find the best way to water raised-bed gardens to have a productive and healthy garden. The best way to water a raised-bed garden will provide consistent and even watering, be easy to use and maintain, and ideally be simple to install as well. Raised-bed gardens are a productive […] Read more…

Mulching Your Garden: What to Use and How to Use it

Mulching Your Garden: What to Use & How to Use it

Mulch is your secret weapon in the garden. I talk about the need for mulching your garden in just about every blog post; mulching is that important. This post cover the benefits of mulch, what to use for mulch in different areas of your garden, and the best tips for how to use mulch in […] Read more…

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…

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…


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