Spring

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.

packet of melon seeds

How Long Do Seeds Last? Here’s What You Need to Know

As you thumb through half-empty seed packets left over from last year, or even several years ago, you wonder if they’re still good.

You shrug, plant the seeds, and cross your fingers. If they don’t germinate, you’ll buy some new ones.

But here’s my prediction. By the time you notice the seeds haven’t germinated, your garden will be several weeks behind where it should be. And that’s not good. It’ll stop you from getting the most out of your garden this year.

But you can easily avoid this mistake. Keep reading to find out how.

woman planting in april garden, what to plant in april

The Best Flowers and Vegetables to Plant in April

April is here and that means glimpses of green will pop up in the garden this month.

The first green to appear in my garden comes from the earliest bulbs – snowdrops. Soon after the daffodils make an appearance, yellow as egg yolks. And I love watching the bees buzz from one daffodil to the next.

These early bloomers handle the unpredictable spring weather well.

And there are plenty of flowers and vegetables you can plant outside this month that can also handle the ever-changing weather in your April garden.

leggy seedlings growing in a pot

How to Prevent and Fix Leggy Seedlings For Good

A couple of weeks after starting your seeds indoors, your shoulders sag as you look at your seedlings.

They don’t look right.

They’re thin, pale, wispy things – all stem, and hardly any leaves. It feels like a seed starting disaster!

And you wonder, “can I salvage these leggy seedlings?”

The good news is it’s possible to fix leggy seedlings! I’ve saved many leggy seedlings. And most led long, healthy lives.

Why are leggy seedlings a problem? They aren’t strong enough to withstand outdoor weather conditions. They’ll also be more susceptible to pests and diseases, and may not produce well. So, it’s vital to prevent legginess.

What You Need to Grow Strong, Healthy Seedlings (Grow Light DIY)

You want to start plants from seed, and you want it to be easy. So, you get out some pots, fill them with potting soil, pop your seeds in, and water them. As you place the pots next to your sunniest window, you nod your head and think, “that was pretty easy, wasn’t it?” Even though it seems like an easy way to start seeds – it’s nearly impossible to grow healthy seedlings in front of a window, especially during winter and spring when the days are short, and the sun is weak.

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.

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