grow tomatoes in pots

Growing tomatoes in pots is one way to enjoy fresh tomatoes, even if you’ve never gardened before! Fresh tomatoes are becoming more expensive in stores, at farmer’s markets, and vegetable stands. But you don’t need to pay high prices for tomatoes, even if you don’t have room for a garden plot. Tomatoes are one of the…

5 Best Container Vegetables for Beginning Gardeners

Here are my 5 favorite container veggies for beginning gardeners. They’re all easy to start from seed and will grow happily in containers on your patio, driveway, poolside…wherever you can fit ‘em. All these varieties are from my friends at Renee’s Garden.  cucumber: Juicy slicing cucumbers in record time on disease resistant, dwarf bushes, perfect…

how to add whimsy to your garden

Ok, so you have the plants picked out, the hardscape in place, and even some evening lighting, but you still feel something is missing from your garden. Chances are, it’s a little bit o’ character, and a smile! The garden is meant to be a soothing place, but we must never forget, it’s also about…

HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR GARDEN SOIL WITHOUT A COMPOST HEAP

A compost heap is a great way to recycle kitchen waste and improve your garden soil for free. However not everyone has the space needed and depending on where you live, you may want to deter any unwanted furry visitors. It’s not always necessary to compost kitchen waste before adding it to your soil. So…

Tips for Growing Broccoli in Your Garden

Broccoli has gotten a bad rap over the years, as children would rather turn their noses up at it than give it a decent try. The truth is, broccoli can be quite tasty, and offers many health benefits such as iron and fiber. Consider adding broccoli to your garden plans this year, so you can…

5 Reasons to Grow Your Own Garlic

  The leaves will start to fly and our gardens will have given their all. Unless you know some winter gardening tricks, you are buttoning up the beds and enjoying your harvest. Before you shut it down for the year consider these five reasons to grow garlic in your fall garden. Next summer you’ll be glad you…

How To Clean Rusty Garden Tools

I sometimes often leave my garden tools outside. I’m not proud of it. I know I should clean them and put them away. When I’m out working in the yard, I usually keep going until I’m nearly ready to drop from exhaustion. Why? I’m not really sure. I guess I just get so caught up…

Growing Rose From Cutting

My neighbour has a row of roses, which he took as cuttings. I asked how he took them. He simply plunges the cuttings into the ground. But his secret of success is the humble potato! Before planting cuttings, he pushes the bottom end into a small potato, which he believes keeps the cuttings moist as…

A better way to grow cilantro

Wouldn’t it be nice to have fresh cilantro growing right outside your kitchen door? Whenever you wanted to fix Mexican salsa or guacamole, or a Middle Eastern yogurt sauce for your lamb kabobs, there the lacy, sweetly pungent leaves would be, ready to harvest. But if you’ve ever tried to grow it, you’ve probably noticed…

10 Things You Need to Do This Winter

1. Plan Your Garden Space The cold winter months make for great planning sessions as you cozy up next to the fire. Take this opportunity to map out your gardening spaces and decide what to plant in the coming year. Consider planning a front yard garden, filling up your small spaces, trying companion planting, or…