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What Is Garden Sharing and How to Start or Join a Shared Garden

3:00 am PST, January 20, 2020

Do you have a ton of land – but no green thumb? Or maybe it’s the other way around. You’ve always dreamed of starting a garden, but since you don’t have any land to do this on, your options are limited.  Either way, garden sharing can save the day. Here’s everything you need to know...

Winterizing Water Gardens and How to Keep Them Healthy all Winter Long

2:00 am PST, January 20, 2020

There’s something wonderful about water gardens. They add a relaxing element to your landscape and they create a beautiful little ecosystem that hosts all kinds of life. The downside is that it does take a little bit of work to keep them happy. For instance, you have to winterize water gardens so that when warmer...

How to Use Mint Compost in Your Garden

3:00 am PST, January 19, 2020

Did you stumble upon bags of mint compost at your local nursery or garden center and wonder what the heck it was all about? Mint compost, also called mint hay compost, is gaining in popularity as a mulch across the country. I had never heard of mint compost until I visited a local nursery, and...

Growing Lemongrass: Best Varieties, Planting Guide, Care, Problems, and Harvest

2:00 am PST, January 19, 2020

It’s one of those plants that’s underappreciated – both in cooking and in the garden. But if you aren’t growing lemongrass, you should be. Even people who live in cold climates can grow this tasty herb, and you can use it more than just Thai cooking. It flavors desserts, can be used in tea, and...

How to Start a Food Forest – The Ultimate Low-Maintenance Garden

3:00 am PST, January 18, 2020

It’s a quiet revolution, but a real one nonetheless. Many gardeners are rejecting the usual way of growing food and embracing permaculture – a form of holistic gardening aimed at creating harmony in the environment. One of the techniques of permaculture is to create a food forest. That’s what I did in a part of...

Growing Almonds: Best Varieties, Planting Guide, Care, Problems and Harvest

2:00 am PST, January 18, 2020

Almonds are all the rage at the moment and a lot of growers and farmers have cleared their land of everything else to try growing almonds exclusively. Just look at California, where nearly 7,000 farmers grew 2.26 billion pounds of almonds last year. Never fear, you can grow almonds on a small scale as well....

16 Lovely Backyard Granny Pod Ideas for At-Home Senior Care

3:00 am PST, January 17, 2020

Sending grandma and grandpa to an aged care facility isn’t easy. There’s so much to think about when picking the care home, the distance, the finances, the company, their reputation, and whether they would be happy with this change. It can be a little overwhelming that’s for sure. Luckily we are in a new time...

Growing Edamame: Best Varieties, Planting Guide, Care, Problems, and Harvest

2:00 am PST, January 17, 2020

I’ve never failed at growing beans. Even when I’m careless in my planting, and the weather goes a little haywire, I end up with a sizeable harvest. In other words, beans are easy to grow – and edamame is no exception. Edamame is the first bean I planted when I started gardening. Although shelling them...

What is Pectin and How to Make a Homemade Pectin

3:00 am PST, January 16, 2020

When you are making your own jellies, jams, and preserves at home, you’ll likely notice one common denominator among recipes for jelly and jam. They all call for pectin.  But what is pectin – and where does it come from? Believe it or not, pectin isn’t just something that can be purchased from the supermarket...

How To Build a Retaining Wall That Will Last for Generations

2:00 am PST, January 16, 2020

If you have a sloped yard, chances are at some point you’ll need to figure out how to keep the earth where you want it. Or even if your plot is as flat as a pancake, you may want to add some different elevations. That’s where learning how to build a retaining wall comes in....