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All Natural Seedling Spray Recipe

When you start seeds indoors, the little seedlings are vulnerable to fungus and mildew (called damping off).  Damping off will make your seedlings look wilted and they’ll start to rot around the base of their stem.  Fortunately if you catch this early, it’s pretty easy to fix.  Every day when you water your seedlings, look for wilted plants and/or rotten stems.  If you notice seedlings looking like this,...

Common Edible Flowers

I love food and I love flowers.  So what could be cooler than edible flowers?!  Edible flowers add color, magic and romance to a meal.  They can be added to salads, soups, frozen into icecubes, used as a garnish, etc. Lots of flowers are considered edible, here I’ll list some of the best and most common examples.  These flowers are beautiful, mostly easy to grow and are a worthy part of any garden.  The fact that...

Choosing a compost container

For a long time I thought composting required one of these fancy tumblers you see at gardening stores.  Those composters are really nice but they’re quite expensive and fortunately they’re also completely unnecessary -there are a ton of good low cost container options you can choose from.  All have their pros and cons so I’ll give you feedback on the methods we’ve tried to help you choose a container...

How to Make Compost

A compost pile can yield better soil than even the best fertilizers.  It’s an easy way to improve your garden, reduce or eliminate the need for fertilizer and reduce the amount of garbage you send to the landfill.  Some composting guides give elaborate instructions for making the perfect compost, but it’s honestly not necessary.  Composting is simple, if you follow some basic instructions and let nature do her...

How to Make a Grow Light

Last year I started my first full scale garden and decided to start most of my plants from seed.  The entire process was a learning experience and one of the very first things I learned is that our house does not get enough sun.  We face south (which is good for plants) but we’re nestled into the trees which creates a ot of shade.  Seedlings need at least 8 hours of strong sunshine in order to thrive.  I had no idea...

How to Start Seeds

Orange Flesh Tendersweet Watermelon, Chocolate Stripes Tomato, German Butterball Potato… Do these sound good or what?  These varieties and thousands of others can only be found in seed catalogs.  If you want to grow the most delicious fruits and veggies imaginable, seed starting is the way to go.  You’ll be amazed and delighted by the range of plants available.  I order most of my seeds from Baker Creek...

Where to buy seeds

Marshall and I have moved a LOT in our five years of marriage.  In that time we’ve lived in 5 different homes in 4 different states.  Last year we finally landed in Virginia and the first thing I wanted to do was start a garden.  I love food, I love plants and I love being outdoors so gardening is a natural fit.  I have a tendency to jump in over my head so I ordered a bunch of seed catalogs and got way too...

Notes from my Garden

This year I tried a gardening technique called Square Foot Gardening and I loved it.  It made the most of a small amount of space and really cut down on the amount of work.  And next year will be even cheaper and easier because the beds are already built, filled with soil and I have seeds left over.  Overall I was very happy with the results, but there are some things I would do differently.   Here’s a summary of...

Gardening Made Simple

An Introduction to Square Foot Gardening I’ve been interested in gardening for a long time but never felt like I had the knowledge (or the time!) to do more than a few potted plants or herbs.  Then I stumbled upon a book called All New Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew and he made everything seem so simple that I was inspired to start my first full scale garden.  His technique maximizes space and minimizes work...