Category: Gardening

How to Build a Brick Path in the Garden

When I moved from New England to Maryland, I was struck by all the brickwork. There are brick houses,  brick sidewalks, and brick paths that lead to the brick barns. Even the streets in some of the towns are paved with brick. The warmth of its color, the strength of its material, the good feeling underfoot all appealed to...

What is Square Foot Gardening?

Do you want to have a bountiful summer garden, but think that you don’t have enough space? Think again. Let me introduce you to square foot gardening basics. Once you learn how much you can grow in a small space, you’ll be shouting it from the rooftops! Square foot gardening is basically employing the use of a raised bed,...

5 Ways to Use Railway Sleepers in Your Garden

This popular garden material can be used in a multitude of ways, from edging a vegetable patch to creating a rustic bench. See how these homeowners have incorporated railway sleepers into their gardens and borrow an idea or two for your own space. Mark Out a Path Thin slivers of railway sleepers set into crunchy gravel provide a practical...

Grow Vegetables in Your Front Yard!

In front yards across America, most people grow and harvest the same crop: turf grass. They water it constantly. They feed it regularly. And every week or two, they cut it and throw it away. All of this work for an inedible harvest! How about trading time on the mower for time tending crops you can actually eat? After...

These Fertilizer Basics will Help You to Make Your Garden Awesome!

According to the Gallup Gardening Survey, less than half of the country’s home gardeners use any kind of fertilizer on their lawns or gardens. What’s unfortunate about this statistic is that it means gardeners aren’t getting as many flowers or as much produce as they should. And they’re probably struggling with disease and insect problems that could be avoided....

Tips will Help You to Choose the Right Mulch for Your Vegetable Garden

I am a big advocate of mulches. If I didn’t use mulch, I could never keep up with the weeds. My fruit trees and shrubs get mulched with bark or wood chips, and I mulch the perennial beds with cocoa shells or compost. But when it comes to the vegetable garden, mulching gets a bit more complicated. Over the...

Some of the Secrets to Great Soil

When I think about being a gardener, I usually think about the plants I tend – the flowers, fruit and foliage that delight my eyes and my tastebuds. But plants are really only half the story. As an organic gardener, I also tend an entire world of bacteria, fungi, protozoa, worms, beetles and millipedes. I once read that a...

Gardening Techniques for Dry Weather

In times of drought, it can be difficult to make sure plants get the water they need to survive, much less thrive. With wells running dry, reservoirs running low, and water bans in effect in many areas, we have no choice but to minimize the amount of water we give our plants. So how can we keep them happy...