How to grow basil - tips for growing basil

How to Grow Basil – Tips for Growing Basil

This article shares everything you need to know about how to grow basil. It includes how to grow basil from seed, plus tips for pruning, harvesting, and using basil. I’ve also included tips for growing basil in containers, growing basil indoors, and how to grow basil in Arizona. One of the most popular herbs to […] Read more…

How to grow Malabar spinach

How to Grow Malabar Spinach

Looking for a summer spinach alternative? Learn how to grow Malabar spinach – a fast-growing, heat-loving, beautiful vine with large, glossy, succulent-like leaves.  Unlike traditional spinach that grows through the cooler months of the year, Malabar spinach is planted in the spring and harvested through the fall. Disclaimer: this post contains affiliate links. See my disclosure […] Read more…

How to create shade in the garden / Add shade to a hot summer 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…

Summer squash varieties - 8 types to grow and enjoy

Summer Squash Varieties – 8 Best Types to Grow

If you’re wondering which type of summer squash variety to plant, you’ve come to the right place. With so many different summer squash varieties, taking a minute to learn about the differences in flavor and texture, and the best way to use them, will help you choose the best type for your needs. Better yet, grow […] Read more…

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…

How to grow Okra - 7 tips for delicious okra

How to Grow Okra

If you learn how to grow, harvest, and prepare okra correctly, it is a delicious, healthy addition to your diet and a beautiful addition to the garden.  Okra is a tall warm-season annual that can be grown for its beautiful flowers alone. Afterward, the flowers develop into a vegetable known for its fiber, folate, and […] Read more…

How to grow Okra - 7 tips for delicious okra

7 Best Recipes for Okra

You’ve grown it…now what to do with it? Here are 7 of my favorite recipes for okra. Wondering what to do with all the okra from your garden? I’ve compiled a list of the best recipes for okra.  Martha Rose Shulman’s Roasted Okra – I cook it a little bit longer than the recipe states. The thyme […] Read more…

Creative Container Gardening Ideas

Garden Outside the Box – Creative Container Gardening Ideas

Sometimes you need to garden ‘outside the box’ and find creative container gardening ideas to utilize the space you have more efficiently.  Container gardening is also a great way to repurpose antique and vintage elements. In this post, I share some creative container gardening ideas I’ve used in my garden.  I’ve partnered with Kellogg Garden […] Read more…

Arizona garden in May

Arizona Garden in May

Low Desert Arizona Garden in May What grows in low desert Arizona gardens in May? I’ll show you. All of these pictures come from my garden in Mesa, Arizona. Although the temperatures are beginning to climb, May in the Arizona garden is one of the most beautiful and productive times of year. The heat brings […] Read more…

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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