10 Beautiful Ways To Use Rose Petals 

As the enduring symbol of romance, the classic rose is one of the stateliest flowers to grace gardens today. But, these beautiful blooms are useful for so much more than looking pretty. It’s time to stop tossing your fading flowers in the trash once they begin to wilt. There are many clever ways to use rose petals to improve your health and add beauty to… [read more]

How To Grow Luffa For An Endless Supply Of Sponges

Luffa (sometimes spelt loofah or loofa), otherwise known as a ridge gourd, is a popular fruit to grow in the garden, but often not for food, but for making sponges. Much of the marketing of luffas, shows the sponge in a seaside setting, surrounded by pretty shells and the like, leading many to believe they’re some kind of “Sponge Bob,” or the remains of an… [read more]

How To Set Up A Plant Terrarium + 14 Amazing Ideas

Like a world in miniature, plant terrariums are gorgeous indoor displays that mimic the life cycle of the natural environment. Adding vibrance and life to your living spaces, it is an inexpensive project that can be quickly thrown together in a single afternoon. And once set up, they require very little by way of maintenance and upkeep because the enclosed space creates a wonderful little… [read more]

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]