crop rotation
Gardening

How to Start Crop Rotation

Crop rotation is method of crop management that moves different plants around the garden from year to year to decrease problems with pests and diseases and increase soil fertility. It’s particularly important if you want to minimize the use of pesticides in your garden, because you won’t need to rely as heavily on chemicals to… Continue reading How to Start Crop Rotation

guilds
Bed Gardening, Fruit, Gardening, Herbs, Vegetables

Using Plant Guilds in Your Garden

I don't know about you, but it's cold out here on the east coast! Still, the seed catalogues are rolling in, and the Llama and I are itching to start planning this year's garden. If you want to do some experimentation in your garden this year to get better yields and more permanent gardens, think… Continue reading Using Plant Guilds in Your Garden

daikon radishes
Gardening, Vegetables

Growing Daikon Radishes

Today, I want to talk about a vegetable that many people haven’t heard of, but should because of how beneficial it can be to your garden. It’s the Daikon radish!   History Also called a “white radish” or “winter radish,” Daikon radishes originate from Southeastern Asia where they are consumed in a variety of dishes.… Continue reading Growing Daikon Radishes

kale
Gardening, Vegetables

How to Grow Kale in your Garden

I don’t know about you, but there’s nothing green growing where I live. Our garden has been brown and dry for awhile now, and I’m already dreaming of spring greens. Even though my visions are just wishful thinking, if you live in the right climate, there’s one vegetable that might just see you through the… Continue reading How to Grow Kale in your Garden

Gardening

Know Your Seeds: Organic, Heirloom, Hybrids, and GMO

Cold is in the air but it’s almost time for my favorite gardening activity. What might that be, you may ask? Our gardens are currently cleared out and put to bed for the season, and winter is ahead of us. What is there to be excited about? Seeds, my friends. It’s almost seeds catalogue time!… Continue reading Know Your Seeds: Organic, Heirloom, Hybrids, and GMO

cover crops
Gardening

Cover Crops: A Workhorse in the Garden

When you work in your garden, do you ever think about what’s going on in the soil? There’s a whole world beneath the dirt with communities of microorganisms busily working away in the topsoil. They do all kinds of good things in our gardens such as nitrogen fixing and decomposing organic matter. With all that… Continue reading Cover Crops: A Workhorse in the Garden

mapping
Gardening, Landscaping

Mapping a Garden Site

Summer is finally winding down, and the end of garden season is in sight here. It's time to start thinking about clearing up and putting the beds to sleep for the winter. I almost feel a little sad to be packing up my gloves and trowel. Not too sad though, because The Llama and I… Continue reading Mapping a Garden Site

diseases and pests
Bed Gardening, Container Gardening, Gardening

Common Garden Diseases and Pests

I know it's happened to you. You go out to the garden to collect tonight's dinner and you see something off. Maybe your spinach is full of lacy holes that weren't there yesterday, or your tomatoes suddenly have suspicious looking brown patches. Whatever the symptoms, something's eating your garden! Summer growing season may be winding… Continue reading Common Garden Diseases and Pests

butternut squash
Gardening, Vegetables

Growing Butternut Squash

In my last post, I was excited about how soon fall would be here. While I love the transition to autumn’s new sights, sounds, and smells, I particularly love the tastes. Summer and spring taste warm and bright to me, but fall flavors have a earthy quality that is as comforting as it is filling.… Continue reading Growing Butternut Squash