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lettuce grown with square foot spacing

The Best Way To Save Time In Your Vegetable Garden

If you’re new to vegetable gardening, have a limited amount of space, or are tired of sweating in the hot summer sun as you swat mosquitos and pull weeds, square foot gardening is for you.

Square foot gardening is a high-yield intensive gardening method that helps you get a lot of produce out of a small area.

But one of the biggest concerns for gardeners new to square foot gardening is proper plant spacing.

How to Have a Colorful Spring Garden – Plant Bulbs This Fall

When you first see a flower bulb, it can be hard to imagine the glorious show they’ll put on next season.

The bulbs themselves are unimpressive. Small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, they’re dry, covered in a papery skin, and seem as lifeless as a moon rock.

But inside that unassuming little package is an entire plant waiting to burst out.

And that’s the magic of bulbs.

best gardening books for beginners sitting next to a vase of lilacs

24 of The Best Gardening Books for Beginners

We live in an era of instant everything. Instant rice, instant communication, and most importantly … instant-dry nail polish! But one thing that can’t be sped up is your garden. I learned that when my fourth-grade teacher had us start sunflower seeds in a paper cup. I woke up each morning, excited to see how my seeds were doing. Had they sprouted overnight? Did they need to be watered? When would they be ready to go outside?

row of weed-free flowers and mulch - how to weed a garden

Want a Weed-Free Garden? Here’s How to Weed a Garden but Not Spend Hours Weeding

Sometimes gardening can feel like one long war against the weeds.

And even though it can sap your morale, you can’t stop fighting.

If you let the weeds outflank you, they’ll steal nutrients from your soil, crowd out your plants and even grow tall enough for the neighbor’s dog to get lost in them when he wanders into your garden.

watering can watering plants while away

How to Make Sure Your Plants Are Happy While You’re Away

As I was getting ready to go out of town for ten days, I ticked off the last few items on my travel checklist:

Sunscreen
Boarding pass
Fill wine bottles with water

Filling those wine bottles was one of the most important gardening tasks I had to do before I left. And I’ll tell you about that in a minute…

Taking a vacation has many benefits: lower stress levels, a better outlook on life, and creating memories with friends and family.

But…how can you leave for more than a few days when you’re worried about whether your plants will survive while you’re gone

woman holding fertilizer in her hands in the garden - what is NPK?

NPK: It’s Important If You Want an Amazing Garden

Has this ever happened to you? You’re standing in the fertilizer aisle of your local garden center, looking at all the packages, and your eyes glaze over.

There are too many choices. And you’re not sure which one to buy.

When you pick up the first package and glance at the label, your eyebrows flick up as you notice three big numbers on it.

Then you see that ALL the labels have three numbers with dashes separating them, and some have the letters NPK, next to the numbers.

organic mulch, wood chips next to a wheelbarrow

Organic Mulch: What It Is And How to Choose The Best One

Imagine if you could magically minimize the need to weed, water, and fertilize your garden.

Well, your gardening fairy-godmother, organic mulch, is ready to wave her wand over your garden and grant your wish!

Organic mulches create a cozy blanket over your soil, which protects your soil from drying winds, blistering sun, and the 40,000 dandelion seeds your neighbor blows into your yard with their lawnmower every weekend.

soil test form with pen, trowel, and soil sample on a gold background

How to Test Your Soil Like an Expert

Garden soil seems mysterious, doesn’t it? It never hops up says, “hey, I’ve got a problem!” No, it just sits there waiting for you to figure out why your tomatoes have blight, your grass isn’t as green as you’d like, or your hydrangeas aren’t periwinkle blue like the ones you’ve been drooling over on Pinterest. But we’re going to take the mystery out of soil science.Learning how your soil affects your plants will give you a huge advantage. You’ll dramatically increase your odds of being a successful gardener, by like 80%!

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