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]

6 Best Veggies To Grow In Raised Beds

Growing vegetables in raised beds offer an opportunity for just about anyone to provide some food for their family. Raised beds can either be created on the ground by piling up high-quality soil, compost, and other organic material or placed within a frame or container on the ground.  A wide variety of vegetables are quite happy in raised beds which is an added bonus to… [read more]

Grow Your Own Birdseed: 10 Best Plants To Attract Backyard Birds

The only living dinosaurs, birds are the world’s most successful four-limbed tetrapod with an estimated 10,000 species that reside in all seven continents. A marvel of evolution and adaptation, birds range from the petite hummingbird, the showy peacock, the flightless penguin, the colorful parrot, the enormous ostrich, and so many in between. They are among the most intelligent of creatures, with the ability to make… [read more]

11 Benefits Of Vermicomposting & How To Get Started With Your Own Worm Bin

Are you struggling to find something to do with your food scraps besides tossing them in your smelly compost pile? Try a worm bin! Unlike standard composting systems, worm bins are odorless and contained, and the worms will help transform your waste material into stellar soil just as fast as you can feed them. Intentionally bringing worms into your home (even kitchen!) might seem counterintuitive,… [read more]

Wheatgrass Juice: The Remarkable Benefits & How To Grow Your Own Wheatgrass

If you are not familiar with wheatgrass you might think it odd that someone would suggest you actually eat grass. Truth be told, wheatgrass is actually a delicious and nutritious superfood that is beneficial to any healthy diet. What’s even better, you can grow your own wheatgrass with minimal effort. What Is Wheatgrass? Wheatgrass is the edible young grass from the wheat plant triticum aestivum.… [read more]