Weeds can be the bane of gardening, right? There are definitely ways to reduce their growth like mulching, and no-dig gardening. But don’t get too discouraged when you find common lawn weeds, or garden weeds. There are some great ways to use them, after all.Continue Reading
I wouldn’t know how to begin a discussion on gardening without beginning with a discussion on how to improve soil fertility. When I teach a workshop, I ask students what they think of when they think “garden”. Most often, the answer has to do with the harvest.
And, of course, we wouldn’t garden if we couldn’t look forward to a bountiful harvest. But, I always encourage my students to build soil because healthy, fertile soil will result in a healthy, nutrient-dense harvest.Continue Reading
Why Use Mulch?
Mulch has so many benefits in an organic vegetable garden. I wouldn’t even know how to garden without it. We are huge fans of lasagna gardening (which includes wood chip gardening), but even before we switched to no-dig gardening, we were big fans of using natural materials as mulch.Continue Reading
Vegetable Garden Planning Doesn’t Have to Be Overwhelming
I’m an avid gardener and every spring I get a lot of gardening questions. I know that planning a vegetable garden can be overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are the 6 simple steps that I use year after year to plan my organic garden; hopefully they’ll be as helpful to you as they are to me.Continue Reading
Have Fun Growing Pumpkins
Everyone loves a pumpkin, don’t they? I can’t think of another vegetable that provides as much fun and entertainment as a pumpkin. And if you learn how to grow pumpkins, you’ll get to watch the magic all summer long, and save yourself some money come fall. Pumpkins can be quite expensive!
Pumpkins, of course, are not just for fall fun. If you grow the right varieties, they are delicious, too, and perfect for pie and other treats. Continue Reading
When I look at weeds, do you know what I see? I see plants that have removed minerals from the soil in which they were growing. And because of that, I want to compost them so that those nutrients can be returned to my garden soil. But composting weeds presents some challenges. Here’s how to compost them the safe way.Continue Reading