Category Archives: Beginner Gardeners’ Guide

Feed the Bees with a Halloween Pumpkin Patch

If you’ve ever grown cucurbits (the family that includes squash, cucumbers, pumpkins and melons), you’ve probably noticed that bees are crazy about them. On a dewy summer morning, it’s not uncommon to find several bees dozing in each flower, or … Continue reading

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Successful Vegetables: Our Top 10 Crops for Beginner Gardeners

There’s a lot of information on the back of seed packets that can help you get started with your first garden season, but it won’t tell you which crops to grow as a beginner, and comparing all the options can … Continue reading

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How to Grow Your Own Organic, Non-GMO Chicken Feed!

Keeping a flock of laying hens is a fun way to provide a homegrown protein source, put kitchen scraps to good use, and produce far more beautiful and nutritious eggs than those found in supermarket chains. But raising chickens – … Continue reading

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Kinder Garden: Creating Functional Theme Gardens for Kids

Giving a child a garden is a wonderful way to spark interest in the natural world and offers built-in lessons in ecology and personal responsibility. And at the end of the day, it’s something beautiful and rewarding that they can … Continue reading

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The Sweeter Side of Farming: Grow Your Own Candy Bars

One of the things I like the most about farming is access to some amazing food. Even if I don’t grow a particular crop, my network of producer friends allows me to trade around and cover most of my food … Continue reading

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A Guide to Planting Spring Cover Crops

Planting cover crops is a powerful way to improve your soil. Cover crops perform a host of valuable functions like increasing soil organic matter, fixing nitrogen, breaking up compaction, suppressing weeds and preventing erosion. In this guide we’ll discuss your … Continue reading

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The Perfect Potato: How to Choose Varieties

Ever since potatoes in the grocery store came to be known simply as “red”, “white” or “russet”, knowledge of potato cookery has gone into decline. While potatoes are fantastically versatile, there are significant differences in the varieties that make them … Continue reading

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Dig In to Gardening GIVEAWAY!

Dig In to gardening with our March giveaway, in collaboration with Gardener’s Supply Company! One lucky winner will receive our Garden Starter Seed Collection AND our favorite garden tool, the Hori Hori Garden Knife from Gardeners.com. The Garden Starter Seed Collection  … Continue reading

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A Guide to Seed Starting: Brassicas & Succession Planting (Part 3)

In our last blog post we covered starting artichoke transplants and “hardening off”, the all-important period of acclimating your seedlings to the outside world. This week we’ll talk brassicas (the family that includes kale, cabbages, kohlrabi, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower and … Continue reading

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A Guide to Starting Seeds: Artichokes & Acclimation (Part 2)

If you read our article from last week, you already learned about gathering your seed starting materials, including lights, soil, containers and more. You (hopefully) figured out your last frost date, and used it to determine when to start your … Continue reading

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