My edible gardening pursuits are facing a few new challenges these days. When I moved into my house ten years ago, my garden was mostly a blank slate and I could plant veggies in any patch of sunlit ground I wanted…
April 22, 2013
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Tags: container gardening, containers, Growing Vegetables in Containers, Growing Vegetables in Small Spaces, Small space garden, Strawberries, vegetable gardening, Vegetable Seeds Â· Posted in: Gardening in Spring and Summer, How-Tos, Perennials, Vegetable Seeds
Many vegetable gardeners are reaping the benefits of their tomatoes, peppers and basil right now in delicious summer meals. Who wouldnâ€™t want to extend their summer vegetable garden for delicious, home grown veggies into the fall months? There are several varieties of vegetables that can be started indoors now, or directly sown outdoors in a few weeks for fall harvest.
July 10, 2012
Â· Amanda Shepard Â· One Comment
Tags: growing vegetables, starting vegetables from seed, vegetable gardening, vegetables Â· Posted in: Gardening in Fall, Gardening in Spring and Summer, How-Tos, Vegetable Seeds
When most think of starting vegetable gardens from seed, they immediately picture greenhouses, growing lights, and months of preparation. Although this is one way (and for some varieties, the only way) to grow vegetables from seed, there are many varieties that will thrive and produce delicious crops simply by being directly planted in the ground or in containers.
March 22, 2012
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Tags: easy to grow vegetables, growing vegetables, starting vegetables from seed, vegetable gardening, vegetables Â· Posted in: Gardening in Spring and Summer, How-Tos, Vegetable Seeds
Like children, plants need a healthy environment to thrive and mature to their fullest potential. As spring is just around the corner, or already here for many, it is time to prepare your soil for planting. This is a simple and fulfilling process and your plants will thank you (with their beautiful blooms or delicious crops) when they have just the right environment to grow.
March 16, 2012
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Tags: Fertilizer, garden planning, how-to, Soil Test Kit, vegetable gardening Â· Posted in: Flower Bulbs, Gardening in Spring and Summer, How-Tos, Perennials, Vegetable Seeds, Wildflowers
It is a common misconception that you need a large plot of land to grow your own delicious vegetables. All you really need are sufficient containers, sunlight, and lots of love! Many varieties of vegetables, with a little care, can be grown in containers on balconies, patios, or even as an added aesthetic element to your existing garden.
While planning my vegetable garden for the spring, I have been debating about whether or not to build a raised bed. I decided to weigh out the benefits and drawbacks, and make a logical decision (the best kind of decision, right?). For your benefit, as Iâ€™m sure there are other gardeners trying to make this same decision, the pros and cons of raised beds can be found below, along with my decision.
January 16, 2012
Â· Amanda Shepard Â· 2 Comments
Tags: garden planning, growing vegetables, vegetable gardening, vegetables Â· Posted in: Gardening in Spring and Summer, Gardening in the Winter, How-Tos, Vegetable Seeds
There are lots of reasons to start vegetable seeds indoors. You can get a jump on the growing season, grow unusual varieties and avoid pesticide sprays. But most of all, it’s fun and rewarding.