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]

6 Reasons You Should Grow Heirloom Seeds & 6 Best Places To Buy Them

If you’re starting a garden, or have had one for years but have never taken the time to understand the difference between GMO, hybrid and heirloom seeds, here’s your opportunity. Heirloom seeds are derived from open-pollinated plants that pass on similar characteristics and traits from the parent plant to the child plant. They’re possible to regrow, and be passed on from one generation to the… [read more]

How To Grow The Best Sunflowers + 7 Wonderful Uses For The Entire Plant

Native to the Americas, Helianthus annuus – or the common sunflower – is among the most recognizable flowers in the world. Once worshipped by the Incas as a symbol of the Sun God, these towering beauties are bright and cheery, the perfect symbol of summertime. Planting a row of sunflowers along a fence or as a group in a corner garden will certainly add a… [read more]