Natural Weed Killers. Learn What Works.

weeds

I hate weeds.  You think you got them all and then suddenly, there is twice as many as you previously picked.  It’s maddening.  But the worse weeding is removing ones that are stuck between the itty bitty cracks of pavement, pavers, and sidewalks.  Crabgrass and dandelions adore these spaces.  Instead of cursing them, banish them [...]

Prevent Squash Vine Borers from Killing Your Squash & Pumpkins

Squash Vine Borer Preventer

June is the beginning of summer, kids get out of school, and graduations.  For gardeners it is the beginning of squash vine borer season.  Yes, the dreaded squash vine borer that can decimate your pumpkin and squash crop with a blink of an eye.   In fact last year, I think the borer also attacked [...]

Square Foot Gardening Layout so Easy with the Seed Square!

Seeding Square

Gardening is incredibly enjoyable but it takes a lot of work.  One of the reasons I  converted to a square foot gardener was this method increased yields and reduced weeding.  However, laying out the grids and planting easily 300 seeds in an 8 by 4 foot bed is back breaking and time consuming.   Jennifer and Karl [...]

Square Foot Garden Convert. Better Yields, Less Weeds

Square Foot Garden Convert

For years, I would plant according to the seed packages and inevitably end up with a ton of weeds between my plants.  Of course, it didn’t help that I used straw with seed in it, but that is a story unto itself.  Last year, I discovered square foot gardening while playing around with my online [...]

How to Grow Sweet Potato Slips {+Videos}

How to Grow Sweet Potatoes

For years, I was such a failure in growing my own sweet potato slips.  I followed everyone’s method of cutting the potato in half and keeping the bottom half submerged.  Inevidently, the potato would rot, and I wouldn’t have any sprouts.  Well, I finally figured out what I was doing since I was forced into [...]

Planting Tomato Plants on Their Sides. Easier to Plant!

How to Plant Tomato Plants on their sides

For years, I have planted my tomatoes the old conventional way–buried deep in the ground with only a few leaves showing barely above the dirt.  Sometimes, I have to dig to China since my tomatoes overgrew in their seedling pots. Planting an 18 inch tomato plant is really, really hard.   But not anymore, thanks [...]

Use Bean Inoculants to Grow a Better Pea and Bean Crop

Using bean inoculant

For years, I would try to grow Lima beans to no avail.  They would never germinate or if they did, they looked weak.  I felt like a Lima bean failure.  On the other hand, I could grow other  beans with only minor  problems.   But not anymore thanks to bean inoculant.  Now I am swimming [...]

How to Grow Potatoes in a Bag

Growing Potatoes in a bag

Growing potatoes is great way to get your children involved in gardening. I grow potatoes in a bag (or five) since it is easier than growing them in a garden bed.  I use Gardener’s Supply’s potato grow bags which are made of  BPA-free polypropylene fabric. Potato grow  bags are great for people who have a small area to [...]