Wondering what to do with that sprouted onion in your produce basket? What if I could show you how to use it so you can plant and regrow a brand new onion in your garden? Learn how to re-grow that sprouted onion into a brand new onion in this easy gardening tutorial. Tips for how […]
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Scroll down and you’ll find gardening ideas, tips, tricks and more. From staking tomatoes to growing onions, cauliflower and lavender in containers... to making your own compost and compost tea... to raising backyard chickens.
How to plan a garden?
Here are some things to take into consideration and you can do right now along with some tips to help make sure you have the perfect spot for your garden:
- Having good soil or a solid medium you can use to grow your food is the most important part of gardening. Without a good medium, you can't grow anything.
- Earthworms in your garden typically mean your soil is healthy. They eat dead plant matter and help to keep the roots of plants fertilized.
- We like to utilize organic gardening and make our own compost and compost tea as this tends to give us super healthy soil.
- Aeration, or making sure oxygen can get to the roots of your plants, will cause you to get a much larger yield if done properly.
- Proper lighting is paramount. Light pollution will affect the plant’s abilities to grow as big and as healthy as they could. Everything is on a Ceridian cycle. That means, everything… including plants… need to sleep.
- With adding supplemental lighting, you can sometimes yield a 2nd or even a 3rd annual crop. The reason is, in the fall, winter and early spring you can extend the daylight hours to 18 hours of light and trick the plants into believing they're in a vegetative state. The plants will go into flower with 12 hours or less of light per day.
- Good space... Good airflow... One of the worst things for a garden is when the air is stagnant. Poor airflow will often make your plants sad. Contribute to too much humidity and heat stress. Sometimes adding outdoor fans are necessary for smaller areas that have airflow issues.
- Protection – Garden pests like ground squirrels, gophers, chipmunks, squirrels, bunnies and raccoons love it when you grow unprotected gardens. Because they’ll fill their bellies with no regard for your feelings. That’s why we have some great container gardening ideas in this area.
- Good design. If you create containers or raised beds and can’t reach the center of the gardening area without stepping on plants… or you don’t have proper rows, you might be doing something wrong? There are tips and tricks throughout this area to help you do better.
- Irrigation. You need to make sure you have a suitable water source. If you have a 400 square foot garden and are trying to water that with a 2-liter pitcher, you’re going to have some very long and stressful days.
- Good mix of both sun and shade depending on the plants. You certainly wouldn't want to have tomatoes in the sun all day or you’ll get ugly tough-skinned fruit. And you certainly don’t want your watermelon to be in the shade all day, or you’ll get tiny things that are sad and aren’t sweet.
Top 5 blog post in the Gardening Tips Area:
- How to Regrow a Sprouted Onion in Your Garden
- How to Re-Grow Green Onions
- How to Deter Snakes From Your Yard
- 12 Steps to Breeding Mealworms for Chicken Food
- 21 Free Gardening Seed Catalogs
Vegetable Garden Planner
Do you know what vegetables to plant and when to plant said vegetables?
Our friend Pam Farley of Brown Thumb Mama created THE BEST downloadable vegetable planning schedule for everyone from beginners to experts. Go download Pam’s Vegetable Planning Schedule.
Are you an organic gardener who wants to attract earthworms to your garden? Get our best DIY tips and tricks for creating soil and an environment earth worms love. If you’ve been into organic gardening for long, you’re probably already friends with the earthworms. If you are newer to organic gardening, you’ll be pleased to […]
Have you been wondering how to re-grow green onions from scraps? It’s surprisingly simple, and it makes a great indoors gardening lesson for the kids too! My girls absolutely love any kind of science experiment. They love learning new things and watching things grow. Since we’ve decided not to raise chickens again for a while, […]
Learn how to start a family garden and make sure everyone helps with chores and get ideas for using gardening as a learning tool for kids. Having a family garden is a great way to save money on groceries. It’s also a wonderful way to spend time together as a family! Everyone benefits from spending […]
Beetles can decimate a garden in record time. You don’t want your hard work wasted! Now that spring is here, we’re showing you how to repel beetles using 6 common plants. Beetles have no problem devouring everything in their sight. If they make their way into your garden, they can eat your foliage in no […]
Learn how to make the best 3-ingredient compost tea recipe in this easy backyard gardening tutorial. Compost tea is becoming quite popular with gardeners as they look for natural, yet effective, ways to make their gardens grow. Making your own compost tea can be quite simple. You just need a few natural ingredients – water, […]
Do you want to know how to use essential oils in your garden? Learn about the best essential oils for gardening and grab some helpful recipes for gardeners. If you are already an essential oil user and a gardener, then this post about the best essential oils for gardening will be just what you’re looking […]
Many people avoid stinging nettle, but it has so many uses & benefits! Learn how to safely harvest and use this beneficial plant that may be growing wild. Stinging nettle is one of those herbs that many tend to avoid despite its practical uses. The risk of being stung often outweighs the benefits but with […]
Lavender is a wonderful beginner gardening herb. Learn how to grow and use lavender in your home. We discuss growing, harvesting, storing and using lavender flowers. Have you ever wanted to learn how to grow and use lavender in your home? It’s easier than you may think. Everyone loves lavender for its refreshing floral scent […]
Whether you’re growing tomatoes in your garden or in pots, one of these seven methods will help you support your growing tomato plants. If you’re new to growing tomatoes, you may not know what to expect. If you have grown tomatoes for years, then you know how heavy the limbs can become once the tomatoes […]
Are your backyard chickens bored, noisy and destructive? Learn how to keep your chickens busy and happy with these tips and tricks. If you have backyard chickens, then you can probably relate to our plight. Every year when Spring rolls around, I forget just how noisy chickens can be when the sun comes up. Our […]
This Garden Journal for kids is a great way to teach your family about gardening. Get the tips for using these free printable pages in your homeschool curriculum. Being able to interact with what they’re learning about makes everything more fun and impactful for children. Since one of the lessons that we try to impart […]
Are the egg shells of the backyard chickens you’re raising healthy and strong? If not, you may need to start feeding them extra calcium. Follow this easy tutorial to learn how to make this DIY egg shell calcium. A few months back, something dreadful happened with our backyard chickens. I discovered not one, but two […]
Raising backyard chickens is a great idea for most families! Learn the reasons why every home should have a chicken coop and get ideas on how to get started. Have you thought about raising backyard chickens for your family? It has been one of the best decisions we have made for our family! There are […]
If you’re planning your next garden, you’re probably thinking about buying seeds. I put together a list of 21 seed companies that will send you a free catalog to help with your gardening plans. It’s time to start planning your garden! Part of planning is deciding what you’re going to grow, and what brand of […]
Are you intimidated by growing cauliflower in your garden? Use these tips to hone your gardening skills and, with some work, you’ll have hearty cauliflower plants in no time. Not a lot of gardeners are comfortable with growing cauliflower, partly because it is not commonly found in seed or starter plants and also because they […]
Learn how to deter snakes from your yard and garden with these tips and tricks. The easiest way to deter snakes from your yard is to move Ireland. The legend is that St. Patrick somehow chased them all away. Since the majority of us don’t live in Ireland, we need some better solutions for those […]
Learn how to make compost for your garden soil in this gardening guide for beginners. Grow beautiful produce at home by composting yard and kitchen waste. Building a compost pile is the first step in creating the material you need to keep your garden growing and producing. When you are able to provide garden beds […]
Community gardens are a great option for families without a yard. If your neighborhood doesn’t have one yet, get ideas to help you with starting a community garden. Community vegetable gardens bring the community together in more ways than one. Most importantly, they give everyone involved the ability to grow fresh food for themselves and […]
If you’re growing tomatoes in your garden and you’re getting an early frost, you may be wondering what to do. Learn how to ripen green tomatoes indoors with this easy method. Winter has a tendency to arrive early here in the mountains. Some years, we get snow as early as September and we’re in a […]
Learn how to raise meat chickens, including tips to minimize kids’ attachment, choosing breeds, what to feed them and when to move them to a coop. When we got our first flock of chickens, it was because we wanted to start raising chickens for eggs. We had so much success raising egg-laying chickens that we […]
Learn how to make “toyrariums” in this fun kids gardening tutorial. These terrariums are easy for kids to make and can inspire them to help with the family garden. I have been trying to do more projects and activities with the kids outside each day. We’ve planted seeds and enjoy letting the chickens roam the […]
Raising mealworms is an affordable way to have protein packed treats for your backyard chickens. Learn how to breed mealworms for chicken food with this inexpensive DIY project. When we decided to get chickens, I knew I wanted to make it as easy and affordable as possible. The costs of non-GMO feed can really add […]