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

seed swap
Sustainability

How to Host a Seed Swap

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but the holidays are in the air! I'm not quite ready for Christmas carols and decking the hall, but I love the feeling of anticipation that comes from knowing everything will be sparkly and bright soon. I’m also looking forward to getting together with friends and family to celebrate… Continue reading How to Host a Seed Swap

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

Master Gardener
Resources

The Master Gardener Program

In addition to the graduate classes I’m taking for my degree this semester, I also signed up for a Master Gardener class. I’ve been wanting to take this class for a while, because I don’t have much in-depth knowledge about plants and gardening. All I know to do is toss a seed to the ground,… Continue reading The Master Gardener Program