What Is Urban Permaculture? How & Why You Should Adopt These Principles

Urban permaculture may sound like the name of the latest hot band or a clothing brand, but it’s actually an increasingly popular movement started by city dwellers who want to lessen their impact on the environment while also having more control over where their food comes from. Short for permanent agriculture, permaculture is basically the idea that by observing and following nature, we’re able to… [read more]

11 Ways To Prepare Your Garden For Fall & Winter

It’s hard to believe that fall is just around the corner- weren’t we just celebrating the New Year? It certainly seems that way, but the reality is, soon those annuals will begin to fade, the temperatures will become cooler and the leaves will start to turn. You’ve done a lot of work this summer, tending to your plants, vegetables, herb, and so on, but there’s still… [read more]

9 Perennials You Should Plant This Fall

Planting perennials in the fall is a simple way to enjoy a larger, more stunning garden next spring. While you’re probably more accustomed to planting in spring, autumn is another ideal time for getting perennials established in your garden. By purchasing blooming perennials in the fall, you’ll get kind of a two-for-one deal, enjoying the flowering perennials in the autumn, and then again through the… [read more]

15 Useful Garden Gadgets That You Should Actually Consider Buying

Not all geeks sit behind a computer, there are more than a few gardeners who love a great garden gadget and some of the new, trendy items that have come out recently really are worth the money, making burdensome tasks easier, adding some fun or helping your garden to thrive. 1. ColdSnap! Frost Alarm With fall and winter just around the corner, you won’t want… [read more]

How To Save Seeds For The Most Productive Garden

The old-timey technique of saving seeds from one growing season to the next is practical, self-sufficient, and pennywise. Not only will you never need to purchase another packet of seeds again, harvesting seeds from a tasty fruit or vegetable that you know grows well in your yard means you can grow it year after year. If you’ve ever felt the pain and disappointment upon seeing… [read more]

6 Ways To Preserve Your Bumper Garden Harvest

After tending a fruit and veggie garden all summer long, being rewarded with a bumper crop or two is a wonderful feeling. And you definitely don’t want any of that fresh, homegrown food to go to waste! If your basket runneth over this season, here are 6 techniques you can employ to help preserve the harvest and enjoy the fruits of your labor: 1. Water… [read more]

11 Steps To Starting Your Own Organic Backyard Vineyard

More and more people are turning to backyard gardening with an eye to raising their own crops and becoming more self-sufficient. One area that has a seen a lot of growth is the organic backyard vineyard. Having a small-scale vineyard is a little different than growing a few clusters of table grapes though the practices are similar. The process is initially labor intensive, as you… [read more]

5 Reasons You Should Build a Bug Hotel & How to Do It

Insects are an integral part of a successful garden. Some beneficial insects can actually help control and reduce the populations of detrimental insects, and many are responsible for the pollination of flowers, both ornamental and for food crops. By providing these insects with inviting homes, you can help promote their wellbeing and contribute to increasing their numbers. When spring arrives, you’ll have all the pollinators… [read more]

20 DIY Garden Supports For Every Type Of Plant

While some plants – like broccoli, corn, lettuce, and cabbage – grow just fine on their own, others need a support system in place to ensure they are strong, healthy, and productive. Not only will tall supports increase yield, they can help conserve space so you can add more plants to your garden. By lifting and spreading the plant, supports also promote good air circulation;… [read more]

12 Best Natural Ways To Get Rid Of Stink Bugs From Your Home & Garden

When the warmer weather starts to arrive, large green or brown bugs known as stink bugs may appear, crawling on walls, or flying around the windows in your home. If you live in a drafty old house, you’re likely seeing them just about everywhere, now that the sun has become brighter and stronger. If you don’t know what they are, you might swat at them,… [read more]