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!

Plants in trays in a greenhouse

Gardening Terms Everyone Should Know

We probably don’t think twice when we see or hear gardening terms. Recently I was at a local nursery when I had a complete stranger ask me if I knew what perlite was. I did, so I told them and they went on their way. But this got me thinking. Terms I might think of as common knowledge may not be so common after all.

Herbs and spices on spoons.

Caring for Windowsill Herbs

We all have seen the pots of herbs in the grocery store and seen plenty of pictures of herbs sitting pretty on a windowsill, but do herbs really thrive inside? After all they are a plant that grows best outside in the garden or inside a greenhouse. The answer is: for the most part. Some…


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