When a farmer I know mentioned a couple of years ago that he uses buckwheat alongside his crops, I was intrigued; I peppered him with lots of questions. I'd never heard of this tactic, one he claimed would help deter pests. So of course, I had to try it. It's been awhile since I've tried something […] Read More
Yes, yes, yes! Joel Salatin's preamble here is spot on. NO we're not going to get it right the first time! We are all learning as we go, each of us learning new skills. Watch and be inspired to dive in and try something new. You might make a mess of it, but you will […] Read More
When it comes to gardens I absolutely love to see what other people are growing -- and how. I thought it would be fun to share some of the great gardens my readers have been sharing. A little inspiration for you! From Patricia ^^ Front to back: Yellow and zucchini squash, cabbage ready to harvest, and snow […] Read More
In a hurry to get at least a little bit of a garden in at our new place, the obvious option was to build a lasagna bed garden. I've done this before and had good luck with it; with lots of relatively flat area (yay!) to choose from, it was super easy to get started. […] Read More
Herbs. Whether you use them for flavoring dishes or medicinally, they're a great addition to your garden. Herbs are---generally speaking---easy to grow, good looking (hello, subversive gardening!), and are often attractive to bees. A favorite of butterflies, purple coneflower is a sturdy plant that holds up well in the heat of summer. It's also the […] Read More
We talk a LOT about growing food around here. Visitors to this site range from absolute newbies to gardeners well-versed in all of the intricacies of growing food. No matter the level of expertise though, one common thread is this: You're all looking for even more information. Have I got good news for you. The […] Read More
If you live in a neighborhood with a homeowners association (HOA), you probably know all too well how restrictive they can be in what's allowed---or more frustratingly---not allowed. HOAs often don't allow chickens. Or painting your home outside of a very narrow color spectrum. Or planting a vegetable garden in the front yard. Hold the […] Read More
Wicking beds are very water efficient. These self-contained planters have a reservoir of water at the bottom and a wicking medium that slowly pulls water up to the plant roots. The folks over at Bits Out the Back created this short tutorial on making a wicking bucket. The same technique can be applied to larger beds and […] Read More
Got bugs? It's time for a little aphid control with a two-pronged approach. You need to control the aphids AND the ants.
Keeping cats and deer (and even squirrels) out of raised beds can be a big task. Here's one solution for critter proofing.