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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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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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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So you’ve got a veggie plant or two (or ten). Who could blame you? That springtime planting fever is hard to resist.
But now what? If you want to know how to start a garden, let me be your guide.
In short, your plant will need three (maybe four) things:
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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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Does starting your own seeds seem too intimidating for a beginner gardener? Sure, 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 start seeds 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Growing “victory gardens” or “survival gardens” may sound like something out of a history book. But in these strange times of early spring 2020, food gardens are seeing a surge in popularity again! And why not? I can’t think of a better way to spend a springtime “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!
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Have you ever wandered among stacks of bagged soil 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 on soil!” What you put into your soil will determine what you get out of your garden.
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“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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Breastfeeding twins is like breastfeeding “boot camp”–and I’m so glad I had some knowledge and experience beforehand! For many moms, breastfeeding is a unique, incredible, and worthwhile experience–but that does not mean it is without its challenges. Preparing ahead of time is the best way to face those challenges and make them so much more manageable, though!
There are so many little lessons, often learned only by experience, that will make breastfeeding much easier and more enjoyable.
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Would you love to have a garden, but the thought of digging, weeding, bending, and working a plot sounds like a bit too much? A raised bed might be your perfect solution.
Here are 10 reasons to give raised bed gardening a try.
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Surely I’m not the only one who has wasted my time Google searching something like “natural bug control.”
I don’t know about you, but what I usually found were long lists (mostly on sites with very little to back up their information) of just about anything that the writer thought might repel a bug or two. Harsh, maybe, but if I had a dollar for every questionable idea I tried…. Well, I guess it would pay for all the cinnamon, baby powder, garlic, corn meal, borax, etc. I have wasted!
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