{Food & Gardening} Garlic

garlic sprouts in my garden

by SimplyNu By definition… Garlic is a hardy plant, Allium sativum, of the amaryllis family whose strongly, pungent bulb is used in cookery and medicine. (dictionary.com) Well, I think that hardy little plant is amazing! I researched natural ways to cure infections when I was pregnant with my children, because I didn’t want to have [...]

{Food & Gardening} Seed Saving Marigolds

marigold border

Marigolds are a flowering annual that attract beneficial insects. They produce globe-shaped blossoms that consist of lacy foliage. Marigolds also produce a pungent smell that deters some gardening pests, so they are a popular plant among vegetable gardeners. They are ideal for planting in borders, beds, and container gardens. I find marigolds to be among [...]

{Food and Gardening} How to Read Seed Catalogs for Gardening Success

by GabriellesGarden

Wonderful Day Art Print by littlemoaandfriends Yes, I know it is only the beginning of February.  It’s cold.  The days are short and I’m stuck inside.  But now is the best time to start planning your garden.  I love this time of year because that’s when I start receiving all the seed and gardening catalogs [...]

{Eco tips} How to Make Compost

The lowly compost pile is actually one of the most eco-friendly things you can do.  It decreases the amount of garbage set out for pick up, while reusing the nutrients.  It saves money by providing essentially free fertilizer for your lawn and/or garden, while decreasing the use of chemical fertilizers which deplete soil in the [...]

{Eco Tips} 4 Ways to Garden Sustainably

gabrielles garden

It’s been warm some days here in the Midwest, turning many people’s thoughts to spring gardening.    Gardening in the city is a big deal these days.  There are many federally funded programs for bringing gardening to schools and nursing homes.   People living in rural areas have known and received the benefits of sustainable gardening for centuries. Even [...]