Vegetable Garden: Understanding Soil

Day 9 of Garden Tribes' Boot Camp for novice gardens. Today it's all about soil--what it is, what it isn't, and how you make it work for you and your harvest. Before going any further you should know that if you are in a newly constructed house, the "material" surrounding the house may bear little resemblance to soil. … Continue reading Vegetable Garden: Understanding Soil

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Sheet Mulching, or not, or how to save yourself a lot of work

Autumn is a great time to plan and begin to develop new garden beds for next year-- as though you didn't have enough to do. Sheet Mulching, or not, or how to save yourself a lot of work Sheet mulching is the process of layering lots of different compostable materials OVER your grass in order to create … Continue reading Sheet Mulching, or not, or how to save yourself a lot of work

A Few Fertilizing Factoids

"Feed the soil and the soil will feed the plants." Plants don't eat like you and I, they don't have big gobs that scarf down every fat and carb molecule in sight (oh, sorry, that's just me). There's something called the soil food web--a symbiotic relationship among all the elements of the soil, including microorganisms, … Continue reading A Few Fertilizing Factoids

5 Tips To Understanding Plant Labels

So here's the 5 main things to understand when you buy plants: 1. Hardiness Zone 2. Average Mature Size 3. Sun Exposure 4. Watering Needs 5. Planting Instructions Hardiness zone. This can be unnecessarily complex: there are USDA Plant Hardiness Zones which includes Canada, and bases hardiness zones on average minimum winter temperatures; Plant Hardiness Zones of Canada, … Continue reading 5 Tips To Understanding Plant Labels

Starting from Scratch? Tips for a Newbie Gardener

I just read this great beginners' tutorial on starting a garden from Houzz. This isn't for the person who is building a house and installing a garden completely from scratch, but rather for the person who looks at what they've got and has no idea where to start, or if they even want to garden at all. … Continue reading Starting from Scratch? Tips for a Newbie Gardener