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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…

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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…

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Best Way to Label Garden Plants

The Best Way to Label Garden Plants

Looking for the best way to label garden plants in your garden? Throughout the years I’ve used many different garden markers and plant labels.  I finally settled on a way to label garden plants that is easy to see, lasts all season (even in the Arizona summer sun), and can be reused season after season.  […] Read more…

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How to grow a vegetable garden in Arizona #arizonagardening #arizonagarden #desertgardening #hotweathergarden #howtogarden

Vegetable Gardening in Arizona

Vegetable gardening in Arizona can be challenging. Principles that work in other areas, timing guidelines on seed packets, and general zone requirements often don’t apply to gardening in the low desert of Arizona.  Growing a successful vegetable garden in Arizona is certainly possible. However, it is important to understand that Arizona has a unique climate […] Read more…

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Plant Spacing in Square-Foot Gardens

Plant Spacing in Square Foot Gardens

The first gardening class I attended was about square foot gardening. I soaked it all in, and then bought Mel Bartholomew’s “Square Foot Gardening” book. One of the concepts I loved was the simplicity of plant spacing in square foot gardens.  Disclaimer: this post contains affiliate links. See my disclosure policy for more information. How do you space […] Read more…

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Raised bed garden design tips

Raised Bed Garden Design Tips

Raised-bed gardens are a popular option for starting a garden. Correct raised-bed garden design helps maximize the productivity of the available space. A well-designed raised-bed garden also adds beauty to your yard. Disclaimer: this post contains affiliate links. See my disclosure policy for more information. Gardening with raised beds has several advantages:  The soil mix you fill […] Read more…

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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…

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How to Plant Pots - Tips for Container Gardening

How to Plant Pots – Tips for Container Gardening

This post on how to plant pots – tips for container gardening is sponsored by Better Homes & Gardens at Walmart. Planting flowers in pots on the patio, porch, or by your front door is a simple way to add beauty and color to the space. Best of all, you get to play in the dirt – […] Read more…

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Best Soil for Raised Bed Vegetable Gardening

Best Soil for Raised Bed Vegetable Gardening

If you’re wondering what the best soil for raised bed vegetable gardening is, that’s an easy answer – “Mel’s mix”. I didn’t come up with this mix, we can thank Mel Bartholomew, the author of Square Foot Gardening, for simplifying the best soil to use for raised bed vegetable gardening.  After reading Square Foot Gardening […] Read more…

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How to prepare your soil for planting #soil#healthysoil #fallplanting #springplanting

Get Your Soil Ready For Planting

Healthy soil is the first step to healthy productive plants. It’s important to feed your soil and prepare it before you plant each season.  Get your soil ready for planting Disclaimer: this post contains affiliate links. See my disclosure policy for more information. Prepare your soil for planting by adding compost I prepare my soil by doing […] Read more…

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