Monthly Garden Tips by Email!

Would you like a monthly email roundup of tips and previously published posts all about what your garden is facing that month? Subscribe to our new “Very Easy Veggie Garden Monthly Digest!”

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Fresh Mint Limeade

Have you ever tried limeade made with fresh mint leaves? I really can’t say enough about how yummy it is! Of course limeade is delicious already–like lemonade’s quirkier, sweeter, and more flavorful cousin. But adding some fresh mint makes it irresistibly smooth, mellow, and refreshing…. Whenever I drink it, I just can’t put it down!

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Why are my Squash Shriveling?

Ever felt the excitement of watching your first squash start to develop, only to be disappointed when it quickly becomes wrinkled or starts rotting on the vine?    The good news is that the problem may be easier to fix than you think. 

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3 Essentials for a Successful Container Garden

So maybe you don’t have a good spot for a garden bed, or you’d just prefer to start small.  But do know that container gardening has added challenges.

Previous failure at growing plants in pots does not necessarily mean you are bad at gardening, or that you wouldn’t be successful with a different, more fool-proof method like raised beds. In fact, much of the information in this post comes from my own trials, failures, and lessons with containers on the balcony of my first apartment. So don’t be afraid to try again or try a new method!

Here at my best tips to help your container garden succeed. 

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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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How to Start a Garden (for beginners!)

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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Preparing Seedlings for the Garden: How & Why

Have you ever had a little seedling plant that looked so beautiful, until you transplanted it in the garden–only to find it dead the next day?? You don’t just have an unlucky brown thumb–there’s a reason it happened, and ways to prevent it!

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Welcome to The Very Easy Veggie Garden!

This site is for everyone who has ever said, “I’d like to have a vegetable garden, but…” 

Whether your schedule is too busy, your thumb is too brown, or your spot is too small, my goal is to help you find simple solutions to make a garden work for you.

You’ll also find my favorite recipes, tips, and ways to use your vegetables. Looking forward to growing with you!

Not sure where to start?  

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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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Starting Seeds: Simplified (7 Steps)

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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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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Gift Guide for New Parents of Twins

Choosing a gift for twins is easy, right? Matching outfits, of course!

As a mom of boy girl twins, I do love coordinating outfits.  But, maybe I wouldn’t if they were identical. Some parents prefer to  encourage their twins’ individuality from the beginning, or would rather not have their closets overflowing with double outfits!

If you love twin clothing, I don’t blame you, so I’m including a few of my favorite items. But the categories below will also give you ideas for some really practical gifts that are requested, tested, and loved by lots of other  twin parents!  Many of them are great ideas for new parents of single babies as well. Continue reading “Gift Guide for New Parents of Twins”

Fresh Pumpkin Pecan Pie (Dairy-free & Optional Paleo, GF or Vegan)

Thanksgiving is easily one of my absolute favorite holidays of the year. I love to cook, but I’m afraid my Thanksgiving cooking resume is quite underwhelming.  What do I make for thanksgiving each year? Usually, just one thing: a strawberry banana jello salad.

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