Chinese rose beetles and Japanese beetles can wreak havoc in a hurry. Here's one way to eliminate them from your garden.

Controlling Beetles Naturally

Chinese rose beetles and Japanese beetles can wreak havoc in a hurry. Here's one way to eliminate them from your garden.

Companion planting primer: Sweetly scented lavender plants repel a wide variety of flies and beetles, while attracting pollinating insects.

10 Perennials to Attract Bees

Attract bees and other pollinators to your garden with these flowering perennials. Plant THESE for the BEES.

Need an easy way to get a garden growing? Try this!

Smart Pots for Easy Garden Beds

You can tell how hopelessly far behind I am since I'm still sharing posts with photos from the old place. Our former residence---a large lot in town---was steep and shady. It was not conducive to gardening at all and certainly not a place where we could plant a nice level garden without a whole bunch […] Read More


A [Virtual] Tour of Attainable Sustainable Headquarters One of the bonus features of our new place is the 10,000 gallon catchment tank/water tank/cistern. Call it what you will, turns out it makes a great place for grabbing a 360-degree view of a good portion of our active project areas. We've made tons of headway just in the month that we've been […] Read More


9 Reasons Buckwheat Belongs in Your Garden

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


Joel Salatin Talks About Just DOING It

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


Gardens from Far and Wide

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


No-Till Lasagna Bed Gardening — Easy, Peasy

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


Five for Friday: Growing Herbs

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


Grow Your Own Food!

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