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When lilacs fail to bloom or bloom weakly, the problem can usually be traced to a couple of issues that are quite easy to fix. And that is exactly what today’s article is all about! Here is a look at three specific tasks, and how and when to perform them to get your lilacs blooming bigger than ever, year after year!
If you are looking to grow a unique, beautiful and fragrant perennial in your landscape that is sure to turn heads, then it’s time to plant hops this year! Yes, we are talking about the same hops that people use for making home brew beer. But even if you don’t want to brew at home – hops is an amazing perennial to grow for its sheer beauty in the landscape! Here is a look at how you can grow beautiful hops with ease!
Looking for a simple garden plan that allows you to grow some, most, or nearly all of your family’s food this year? Then you are in the right place! Here we take you through the process of planning a garden that works for you and your family size. Take a look at these tips, and start growing your own food this year!
Growing vegetables in straw bales is an easy, low-maintenance method to grow nearly any vegetables anywhere. Especially if you don’t have access to wide open garden space! With a bale of straw, you can create a vegetable garden anywhere. And on top of nearly any surface you can imagine! Here is a look at the 6 key secrets to success to create and grow your favorite vegetables in straw bales.
If you are looking to grow more vegetables with less weeding, less watering and far less work – it’s time to create a no-till Raised Row garden – and grow easier and better than you ever imagined! Here is a look at how you can start and maintain your very own raised row garden with ease this year - for great gardening that gets even better year after year!
Whether planting in a vegetable garden, flowerbeds, raised beds or in pots and containers, when it comes to getting your plants off to a healthy, strong start, there are three common spring planting mistakes that are critical to avoid. Here is a look at three of the biggest spring miscues that take place, and how to keep from making them - so you can have great gardens and a successful growing season this year!
Attracting pollinators to your landscape is easy, and it is essential if you want to grow healthy & productive flowers and garden plants. All you need to do is grow the plants they like to visit most. Luckily, there is a whole slew of annual and perennial plants that they happen to love! And by simply planting a few of these favorites, you can all but ensure routine visits to your landscape.
Each year, gardeners lose millions of dollars due to their plants dying out. Sometimes it’s due to planting too early. Other times it's because plants went in the ground too late in the growing year. And quite often, it is simply because the variety or plant chosen is not designed for the specific growing area. Today’s article can shed light on how to use both a growing zone map and your area’s frost and freeze dates to plant better than ever!
So just how easy is it to grow tomatillos? Well, if you can grow tomatoes, you can grow tomatillos! Here is a look at how to grow your own big crop of tomatillos this year! We have even included a great “classic” salsa verde recipe at the end of the article as well to help turn your tomatillo harvest into amazing salsa!
Did you know that gardening and raising chickens go hand in hand? As in, if you really want to power your garden and flowerbeds to incredible new heights, you might want to consider raising a few backyard chickens this year! Here is a look at 6 amazing ways even the smallest flock of chickens can help your garden and flowerbeds to their best year ever.
If you are looking to grow and harvest an incredible crop of delicious tomatoes this year from your garden, raised beds or container tomato plants – it all starts with keeping your plants strong and healthy right from the start! Here is a look at 6 simple tips to keep your plants vibrant and strong all summer long.
In spite of popular belief, you can and will have a better garden without ever owning or using a rototiller. In fact, in the long run, you will save time, have less weeds, better soil, and, well, the list can go on and on! Here is a look at why a rototiller may do more harm than good, and how to garden without ever having to use one.
Looking for the best way to use coffee grounds in your garden or flowerbeds? The spent grounds from a cup of Joe are one of the best natural (and free!) resources around to help power and even protect vegetable plants, annual flowers and perennial plants. Find out why coffee grounds are beneficial to your plants, and how to use them in your gardens and flowerbeds this year!
Creating and growing a patio vegetable garden is one of the best ways to enjoy the simple pleasures of gardening. And it couldn’t be easier to do! Here is a look at how to create your own patio vegetable garden, along with some ideas that have worked really well in our experimental patio garden here at the farm.
One of the best ways to re-energize and recharge your garden soil this spring is to plant a green manure crop. Not only is it easy to do, it can add amazing power and nutrients to your soil. All for a fraction of the cost of expensive fertilizers and soil amendments! Here is an in-depth look at how and when to plant green manure crops, along with a look at end of the article at some of the best green manure crops to grow to help recharge your garden’s soil.
Looking to have a weed free garden but don’t want to spend countless hours in your garden weeding, hoeing, tilling, and working your fingers to the bone to stop weeds? Well, believe it or not, it is 100% possible. Even better, it’s easier than you could ever imagine! By following these simple tips, you really can have a weed free garden. All without countless hours of work, weeding, or frustration.
When it comes to one of the easiest, simplest and most cost effective ways to help power your tomato plants and keep them healthy, it’s hard to beat the benefits of planting egg shells with your plants! Egg shells provide so many benefits to your plants, including providing them with essential nutrients to make them grow strong. Here is a look at why egg shells are so good for your tomato plants, as well as how you can use them in your garden this year.
You might be surprised just how easy it is to plant and grow a delicious crop of tomatoes in ordinary 5 gallon buckets. Not to mention the many benefits and advantages of growing in 5 gallon buckets! Here we take an in-depth look at those adavantages, as well as how to plant and grow your tomatoes in buckets like a pro!
It is important to realize that eliminating weeds in a garden is a process. But don’t let that scare you. The process is both simple and rewarding, and will only get better with each passing year. Here is a look at 5 simple tips and secrets that can set your garden on the path to a weed free existence. And create a happier gardener all spring, summer and fall long!
Spring is just around the corner, and that means it’s time for some early spring daylily care! Spring lilies are hardy and deer resistant, and fairly easy to maintain. But that doesn't mean they don't require a little TLC when spring rolls around. Here is a look at the simple steps for good spring daylily care - for beautiful blooms and plants this year.
Companion planting is one of the easiest and most natural ways to set your vegetable garden up for success. What you place and where you place it in the garden can have a huge impact on another plant’s health and yields. When vegetable plants are grown near plants they are compatible with, good things occur. Here is a look at how you can use companion planting for your best garden ever this year!
When it comes to planting onions in the spring for a big summer harvest, onion sets are the way to go. Not only will it help ensure an earlier harvest, but one with larger, more flavorful onions too! Here is a look at why onion sets are better for a big harvest, and how you can plant your own this year!
When it comes to growing a healthy & productive garden, nothing can help make you more successful than planning out your garden by creating a great plan – long before the first seeds or plants ever go into the soil. Here is a look at the three major secrets to creating the perfect plan for your garden this year!