9 Reasons To Try Lasagna Gardening & How To Get Started

Conventional gardening, as many people know it, can be back-breaking work. Long hours spent turning up the earth, enriching the soil and weeding endlessly. If someone asked me I would have to say that my least favorite part of gardening is the weeding, what seemed to me for many years, a painful but necessary part of a successful garden. However, when I discovered lasagna gardening,… [read more]

10 Incredible Epsom Salt Uses For Plants & The Garden

Epsom salt is comprised of hydrated magnesium sulfate, a naturally occurring mineral first found in the well waters of Epsom, England. Epsom salt has a variety of home remedy applications – the two most widely known being as a saline laxative and pain reliever. What many people don’t realize is that Epsom salt also has several uses in organic gardening for healthy plants. This article shares… [read more]

How To Grow Ginger & Epic Ways To Use It

Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is an amazing spice with a plethora of therapeutic benefits mostly due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Ginger plants can grow up to three feet high and produce 2-5 sections of ginger. One of the oldest medicinal foods, ginger originated in Southeast Asia. It has been part of Chinese and Indian healing practices for a very, very long time. According to Ayurvedic… [read more]

13 Ideas For Turning Your Lawn Into A Vibrant Ecosystem

Travel across America today, and you’re likely to see more of a single plant species than any other. It’s not corn- Kentucky Bluegrass wins the award of being the country’s most cultivated crop. Grassy lawns take up more than three times the space of any other irrigated crop, covering a swath over 31 times as large as Delaware. Endless expanses of well-manicured grass might be… [read more]

Homemade Garlic & Hot Pepper Garden Pest Spray

I do love to garden, but there are a few pests out there I can do without. Even though I use many natural pest deterrent practices like companion planting, there are a few tenacious little creatures that will stop at nothing to get to my delicious fruits and veggies. A natural, yet effective way to keep pests out of your garden is to use hot peppers. Capsaicin, the same chemical… [read more]

12 Compelling Reasons To Grow Chives + How To Use Them

You don’t have to sport a green thumb to grow chives (allium schoenoprasum), they are almost a fail-proof crop and will build up your confidence to grow a variety of herbs. Chives, a relative to the onion, are hardy, drought tolerant perennials. They grow to be 8-20 inches high in mounds via underground bulbs. Not only are chives pretty with their dainty purple blossoms and… [read more]

Hügelkultur: Why You Should Build This Ultimate Raised Bed

Image used with permission from Tyrant Farms. Are you looking for a gardening strategy that reduces your water requirements, provides long-term soil fertility, and is a self-sustaining system once you set it up? If so, it’s time to learn more about hügelkultur, a traditional German gardening solution that relies on wood piles to grow healthier plants. Whether you’ve got a green thumb already or can… [read more]

8 Ways To Get Rid Of Squash Bugs & How To Prevent Them

Squash bugs are persistent and can bring devastation to crops. Although squash bugs get their name from their most desirous crop, squash, they can also rip apart a pumpkin crop in a short amount of time. They are often misidentified as stink bugs because they look similar, although stink bugs are wider and rounder than squash bugs, both give off a foul odor when squished.… [read more]

12 Reasons To Grow Chamomile & 7 Brilliant Recipes

Chamomile is a common group name for a number of plants that are similar in nature to daisies and in the Asteraceae family. This well-loved and very ancient herb has earned a place of respect in traditional medicine for its mild and bittersweet taste and its ability to promote a sense of calm for the mind and body. You are probably most familiar with chamomile… [read more]

14 Herbs & Plants That Repel All Types Of Insects

Now that summer is in full swing you may find yourself wanting to enjoy your outdoor spaces. Perhaps you like to swim, hike, garden, boat or just sit under a tree and read a book. Regardless of what your favorite summertime pursuit is, you may find that you are burdened by all sorts of insects including mosquitoes, fleas, spiders, moths, flies, ants, roaches and more.… [read more]