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Cheat Nature with Season Extension

Late winter and early spring are some of my favorite times. The air is crisp and fresh like no other time and you can almost feel life being breathed back into the earth and sky. As the days get noticeably longer and the warmth of the sun can again be felt on your skin again,…

Spring 2021 Supply Concerns

The busy spring season is always a flurry of activity and a mad dash to get everyone their growing supplies in time for the beginning of the growing season. Every year we and others in our industry make preparations to avoid stock outs and long turnaround times, and every year we all seem to take…

Gardening 101: Garden Planning Pt. 2

The days are getting longer (if not warmer) and even though the snow is still flying all across the country, it’s high-time to begin the real work of gardening! We’ve already covered our favorite seed catalogs and some new and existing garden considerations. Now it’s time to get into the nitty-gritty details and start putting…

Garden 101 Series: Garden Planning Pt. 1

Whether you’re starting your first garden or your fiftieth, and no matter if it’s a couple pots on a sunny windowsill or a permaculture food forest, garden planning is an essential step in making garden success more likely. Planning can involve a number of different things depending on you, your garden, and your experience. From…

Top 5 Seed Catalogs to Help You Plan Your Dream Garden

January is our favorite month to begin thumbing through the catalogs and dreaming of exotic new fruits and vegetables to place in our plots, so to help all our growers (maybe) avoid a little bit of that madness, we’ve compiled some of our favorite seed catalogs to browse.

Water, Water Everywhere

Setting up an automatic irrigation system for your medium to large garden Water is perhaps the most critical ingredient for life as we know it, and perhaps no where is that more apparent than in the garden. No matter where you live, there are bound to be times of year when nature doesn’t cooperate and…

Assortment of colorful vegetables

The Best Vegetables to Sow Directly in Your Spring Garden RIGHT NOW

We’re not sure what April is really like in all the different climate zones across the world, but here in our little corner of planet earth, April is drunk. One day it can be 80°F, the next we can be getting an icy mix of precipitation. This literally happened earlier this week. Wild weather swings…

Plants in trays in a greenhouse

Best Indoor Seed Starting Container Choices to Get Growing This Spring

Spring seed starting season is among the most exciting and eventful times in the life cycle of the gardener. March and April are a great time in much of the US (and other temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere) to begin getting seeds started indoors under lights or in a greenhouse. In just a few…

Video: Lockdown Diaries Week One

On Friday March 13, 2020 Illinois became one of the first states to announce school closings because of COVID-19. The closings would begin March 17th, which was the following Tuesday. However, the COVID situation developed so rapidly that the shutdown began on Monday the 16th, with the closure of restaurants and other public places and…

Boy standing in the garden

Tips from a Gardener’s Garden

Here are just a few tips that have been passed down by a family member, a neighbor or just the local busybody. Feel free to try these tips from a gardener’s garden!

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