The Indestructible DIY Tomato Trellis

I’ve finally found it:  A tomato trellis that won’t blow over or collapse under the weight of my tomato plants.  And it’s made from common materials from the hardware store and uses just a few common tools. [Read more…]

How to Build an Easy DIY Grow Light for Seedlings

Have you ever started your growing season with glee, only to be disappointed by spindly, weak seedlings? Don’t give up!  You might be missing one critical factor in your seed-starting process: light.  You can fix that problem by building an easy DIY grow light for seedlings.  Simple, affordable parts from your local hardware store will do the trick.

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Helpful Resources for Seed Starting & Spring Garden Planning

Garden planning can be daunting, especially when you’re a newbie.  What to plant?  When should I start it indoors?  When to transplant?  What the heck is an average last frost date?  These resources make it easy to know exactly what you should plant and when for your region.   [Read more…]

Attack of the Killer Ladybugs (Plus 9 Other Natural Ways to Get Rid of Aphids)

It’s official: for the first time in my current garden location, I have aphids.  That’s the bad news.  The good news: they’re only interested in my sunflowers (so far). This led me to do some research on some natural ways to get rid of aphids. [Read more…]

Easy & Free DIY Weed Barrier

Weeds are the bane of any home farmer’s existence.  You can pull them, but it seems like they grow back twice as fast.  You can spray them, but risk killing your veggies in the process. And who needs all those chemicals anyway?  Here’s an easy way to prevent weeds, use less water, and fertilize your garden for cheap or even free.
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Rhubarb: How to get the most from your harvest

Rhubarb.  It’s hard to find a person in my circle of friends that doesn’t love it.  But what do you do with it?   [Read more…]

How to make your berries bird-resistant on the cheap

I like birds, even in my garden.  They eat pests and they’re fun to watch.  Lately, however, robins have been ravaging my strawberry patch — eating those juicy berries before I can have a chance to pick some for myself.  But there’s hope — and the secret may just be in your cupboard. [Read more…]

How to Grow Strawberries in Containers

Picking that first handful of strawberries on a cool spring morning, inhaling their sweet smell, and adding them to my morning bowl of cereal is one of the nicest feelings in the whole wide world.  And guess what!  You can have the same experience, even if you live in an apartment. [Read more…]