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eBook: Tips for Your First Garden!

Perhaps you’ve noticed–2020 and 2021 have seen a huge surge of people starting their first garden! Since this site was created for the purpose of sharing newbie tips for starting a garden, I’m excited to offer the best info I can to make it easy and accessible for anyone to learn to grow vegetables. Whether you’re a beginner, a brown thumb, or too busy to spend much time gardening, growing your own veggies is still possible! Learn all you need to know about starting your first garden in my new eBook!

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Genius Vertical Gardens: Greenstalk vs. Garden Tower

Vertical gardens are a great choice for anyone who wants to get as much fresh produce as they can out of a limited amount of space. Tall container gardens like these are also handy for those who prefer container gardening but have physical limitations. A vertical garden setup even saves time watering since you can fit dozens of plants in one pot!

There are plenty of benefits to vertical gardens, but which product should you choose? Here’s a quick comparison and rundown of the features of two different well-designed and popular products.

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7 Simple Secrets for Starting Seeds Indoors

Does starting your own seeds seem too intimidating for a beginner gardener? Sure, germinating and caring for seedlings it is a little more challenging than some might think. But it doesn’t have to be complicated either! Read on to find out what you need to sprout or germinate seeds and grow vegetable seedlings successfully—and simply.

Note: because of recent events, many online seed suppliers are running low or selling out, but Botanical Interests and MIGardener still seem to have a good amount for now.

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A Garden That Does the Work For You

My twins were born in winter.

I don’t think you’ll ever hear anyone use the word “easy” to describe life with twins, especially the first couple years.  (Well, except maybe my husband‘s grandmother, but I suspect she either  has a selective memory or was way better at life than I am).

Either way, I suppose most of the smart people in my life figured I would take the spring and summer off from gardening that year. Maybe I should have.  But gardening is like a breath of fresh air to me, something that turned out to be invaluable when it felt like we were barely keeping our heads above water. 

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$15 Cedar Raised Garden Bed DIY

With our new house comes new adventures and plenty of room for new experiments. High on that list is new garden beds, and testing out different soil mixes! These cedar garden bed looks very promising so far, especially for the low price.

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Beginner Garden Planning (5 Questions)

For a gardener, there are few things as exciting as looking ahead to spring and planning a vegetable garden! This garden planning series will guide you in all you need to know to plan your vegetable garden.

Especially for a beginner, planning in advance will help you succeed and get the most out of your garden. When planning your first vegetable garden, here are five essential questions you should ask yourself.

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When to Start a Vegetable Garden: Planting Dates

Do all the lists of planting dates you see just leave you more confused about when to start a vegetable garden?

Maybe I’ve got a unique perspective writing this post… I don’t know about you, but when I see lists on Pinterest of suggested planting dates–exact, actual dates–I shake my head… because where I come from, it’s not that simple!

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My Imperfect Foods Review & Unboxing (+ coupon)

When my garden slows down in the winter, I still often crave fresh produce. This winter I decided to give Imperfect Foods a try, especially with things being what they are right now. Particularly living in a more rural town with limited grocery delivery options, a home produce delivery service sounded like a nice idea to me. Here’s my honest Imperfect foods review so far, and a promo code if you’d like to try it yourself!

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Best Vitamins for Women

Why are high quality vitamins for women important? Because women do a lot!

Our minds are always running, and our bodies carry out so many functions especially within the family. Especially during pregnancy, postpartum and breastfeeding, our bodies miraculously create and sustain new life from within their own resources and nutrient stores. We forget how crazy that is, but no wonder moms often feel drained! Studies have found this postnatal nutrient depletion can last even up to ten years after having a baby.

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My Top 5 Immune Boosting Vitamins for Kids

Vitamins for kids–are they necessary?

I’m definitely a fan of doing what I can to get my kids to eat nutritiously as much as possible (tips on that coming soon!). But, let’s be honest, they often don’t–and if you’ve ever actually counted your own nutrient intake, neither do we! And if you’re a gardening nerd like me, you may be aware that store bought produce is not always as nutrient-dense as it could be anyway.

Many people tend to view vitamins for kids as something “extra,” but the truth is, they are necessary parts of so many processes inside our bodies. It’s definitely not easy to get all of the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients we need for optimal health purely from what we eat–especially for growing (and picky) kids.

Especially for kids, low levels of certain vitamins can have significant effects on health–even behavior and mental functioning. Here’s more about the children’s vitamins and supplements I use to help make up the difference in my kids’ diets, whether we’re feeling well or a little sick.

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Quick & Easy Bruschetta Mushroom Caps

Thanks to our local farmer’s market, I totally fell in love with these bruschetta stuffed mushroom caps this year! One of the farm stands had fresh mushrooms, and that became one of my favorite booths to shop at.

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Garden Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day (or any day!)

Lately, it seems holidays are even more precious than usual. So I thought I’d make up a list of some fun garden gift ideas for the gardeners and plant lovers in your life so you can get shopping! I’ve got ideas for every price point, and I’ll probably keep adding as I think of more. I’ve even included a few charity options to give in honor of your favorite gardener.

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Unique Pots for Indoor Plants

Cool weather is coming, and many of us are stuck indoors more than usual–so what better time to add some joy to your indoor space with decorative planters and pretty houseplants? Plus, the season of gift giving is not far away–these unique pots for indoor plants turn any houseplant into a lively gift that keeps on giving.

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How to Use Wild Elderberries

One September I was driving with a friend up to Tehachapi Mountain park when a striking cluster of berries along the side of the road caught my eye.  A spark in my memory brought to mind an article by my longtime favorite local columnist that I’d read the same time last year.  Wild Elderberries? Could they be?  I quickly stopped to grab a few and some leaves for identification.

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Top 3 Items for the Organic Garden Toolkit

What an exciting thing to see so many newbies jumping into vegetable gardening this spring! If you’re new, I can’t wait for you to literally taste the exciting, rewarding feeling of growing your own food. But, gardening still takes work and practice so you may find it has its challenges! With these solutions in hand, though, you’ll be ready to face almost any problem your organic garden throws at you!

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Top Seed Companies to Buy Seeds Online

The past year has been a crazy one, but of the positive things I’ve seen come out of it is the booming demand to start a victory garden! But that also means some garden stores have faced high demand, especially stores to buy seeds online, so I wanted to help you out with that. I’ll keep updating this list of my top seed companies where you can buy seeds online.

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Fast Growing Vegetables for Beginner Gardens

Growing “victory gardens” or “survival gardens” may sound like something out of a history book. But in these strange times of 2020, food gardens full of fast growing vegetables are seeing a surge in popularity again! And why not? I can’t think of a better way to spend “quarantine” then by starting a garden or building a bigger one! It keeps you busy, and if you do it right, should certainly save you some grocery store trips! Here are some of the fastest growing crops for beginners.

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7 Easy Winter Veggies for Beginners

Does winter bring dreams of spring planting to your mind? You don’t have to wait for warm weather to begin planting. No, your squash, tomatoes, and peppers won’t survive a winter frost, but there are several beginner fall garden veggies that tolerate the cold and actually prefer cooler weather!

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Demystifying Dirt: Choosing & Preparing Soil for Your Garden

Have you ever wandered among stacked bags of dirt at the garden store, wondering how there could possibly be that many types of dirt?

If you’re wondering if you need to use special soil at all, the answer is YES.   As an old gardening saying goes, “If you have a dollar and a garden, spend ten cents on plants and 90 cents preparing soil!”  What you put into your soil will determine what you get out of your garden. 

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The Right Way to Water Your Garden

“It’s so green,” I gushed excitedly, gazing out the airplane window as we flew over the Netherlands on our way to Ireland for the first time.

“I didn’t expect it to look almost as green as Ireland….Is it pretty green where you live?” I asked the young German man next to me (it was September, by the way).

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