{Food and Gardening} Chemical-Free Weed Control

Weeds

With my vegetable garden in full swing, weeds are also in full swing.  One of the biggest challenges I face is weeds, lots of them, lots of different kinds.  I find that if I spend just a little extra time controlling these garden interlopers, my crop is healthier and has better yields because the competition [...]

{Food and Gardening} 10 Ways to Conserve Water in the Garden

I love growing my own food!  Not only does it taste better, but I know that it is safe to eat because I know I didn’t put any chemicals in the soil.  Water is a most precious natural resource, necessary to sustain life and necessary to a good yield in the garden.  There seems to [...]

{Food and Gardening} Garden Planning and Zoning

chives and bee

Garden Planning: Planning a garden, while very important, has never been my strong suit.  If a plant is free, I take it home, and years of being a plant slut have made an impact on my gardening space.   A  50 ft x 60 ft fenced area, crammed with herbs, perennials, old fashioned roses and [...]

{Food & Gardening} Gardening with Kids and Books

One of my favorite quotes… It often happens to children – and sometimes to gardeners – that they are given gifts of value of which they do not perceive until much later. – Wayne Winterrowd Although it can apply to many things, I offer think of it when teaching children about gardening. I am passionate [...]

{Food and Gardening} Beeing Nice to Pollinators

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What is an organic garden without the sound of bees buzzing around?   It is not only too quiet, but many fruits and vegetables depend on bees to produce fruit.  No bees, no pollination.   There is some troubling research by the US Department of Agriculture.   In 2009, the USDA data showed a 29 [...]