5 Ways to Get Rid of Ants Naturally Without Killing Them

Ants are especially useful in the garden. They aerate the soil and loosen it up which helps to bring oxygen to plant roots.  They bring a lot of organic material to their nests which provide nutrients to soil. They also help plant propagation by carrying seeds from location to location. All of that is well […]

Things I’m Growing in My Garden This Year

As a gardener, I love to see other peoples’ gardens.   What are they growing? How is their garden laid out?  It doesn’t matter what time of the year it is – I love to read about gardens. So I was happy to see this post by Debra of DIY Natural.  She teaches herbal sciences classes […]

How to Deadhead Roses

I meant to share this earlier in the year but totally forgot.  If you plan to grow roses this year, it may be helpful. A repeat blooming rose will keep producing flowers all summer, as long as you deadhead it when needed.  To “deadhead” a plant means to remove any withered or dead flowers. It often promotes increased flowering […]

How to Make Concrete Planters

No mater what the season, I look forward to anything that’s gardening-related. I like the modern, clean look of these DIY planters. They’re also pretty easy to make. In this post, Stephanie provides a complete tutorial. There’s a Materials list and step-by-step directions including photographs. This project uses any plastic containers you can find. Kitty […]

What is Modern Homesteading?

This is an interesting post by Shannon of Country Crossroads that appeared in the Manitoba Co-Operator.  She shares her experiences at the DIY Homesteader Festival at the Interlaken farm near Fraserwood,  Manitoba. The festival was in 2013, but the information still applies today. 350 people showed up to learn about homesteading skills like cooking from […]

How to Build a Tree Bench

This is an ambitious project for the warmer months, but it looks so wonderful!  What a great spot to relax, read, or chat!   Jennifer of  “This Old House” provides step-by-step directions for building  this tree bench. Navigate through the instructions by clicking on the “Next Step” or” Previous Step” buttons at the top of each […]

5 Easy Steps to Making Compost Fast

This is a neat and helpful post about how to make compost fast.  The success of an organic garden is highly dependent on the quality of the soil.   Good compost goes a long way to improving soil quality. This post goes through 5 steps for making compost in around 30 days. How to optimize what […]

Recipes and Remedies Using Bee Balm

The Herbal Academy of England is one of my favorite sites because they provide interesting and knowledgeable information about herbs and herbal remedies. They’re also at the forefront of herbal education and offer a wide variety of online herbal education courses. In this post, they share a number of recipes for bee balm. Gardeners often plant […]

How to Harvest and Store Butternut Squash Throughout the Winter

Butternut squash grows very well.  It’s a healthy vegetable too with vitamin A, C, potassium and fiber. I do love butternut squash, although I have never planted as much as JES of Strangers and Pilgrims on Earth does in her garden.  I have squash envy!   In this article JES shares her tips on harvesting and storing butternut […]

25 Garden Bed Borders for Vegetable and Flower Gardens

Garden borders and edges are a way to create boundaries between your garden and paths, different garden beds, and other elements of your garden. They can really add a lot to the beauty of any flower or vegetable garden. This article discusses the pros and cons following borders and edges: Horizontal brick landscaping edging Diagonal […]