Category: Gardening

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Things You Should Know When Learning How to Plant a Garden

This post contains affiliate links. Hello, my friend!  Are you thinking this is the year to start gardening, but you don’t know how to plant a garden?  Planning is key as you prepare for a successful garden.  Need some garden ideas?  To help you plan, I put together some of my best tips …things you should know when learning how to plant garden!     Things You Should Know When Learning How to Plant a Garden       Before You Plant a Garden   First, you should decide what you want to plant in your garden.  One of the most...

Vegetable Garden

Getting Your Vegetable Garden Ready for Spring (+ Funtastic Friday Link Party 120)

It’s almost time to plant your vegetable garden!  (You know how I love to share garden ideas!)  Are you so excited?  We are.  We have already started thinking about what to plant, gathering seeds, collecting pots and starter plant containers.  My husband was out there yesterday and discovered that our amazing raspberry bush seems to have seeded somehow and we have another tiny raspeberry bush starting next to our compost heap!  Our love for homemade raspberry jam runs deep, so…yay!!!  Are you starting to think about getting your vegetable garden ready for spring?  I thought I would throw together some...

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Homegrown Slips to Grow Your Own Sweet Potato Vine

Looking for unique garden ideas?  Did you know you can grow your own sweet potato vine?  You just have to grow a slip off of an organic potato that you already have!  How cool is that?  They make for some wonderful fresh garden produce.  We live in Utah and my husband is a big sweet potato fan, so we grow them.  Last year when we were at the nursery getting a few starter plants, he asked about sweet potato starters.  The person working told him they didn’t have any because sweet potatoes don’t grow well in Utah’s climate.  My husband then...

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How to Grow Green Beans in Your Garden

Looking for garden ideas? As you think about what to plant in your garden next year (or maybe this year if you are lucky enough to live where it is warm enough to have a winter garden), keep in mind that it is relatively easy to grow green beans.  I thought today I would give you some step-by-step tips on growing green beans for your garden.     How to Grow Green Beans in Your Garden   To start with, an important part of growing green beans in your garden is making sure your soil is well-prepared.  Ideally, the autumn...

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How to Harvest Red Shiso (Japanese Basil) From Your Garden

We are excited to harvest our red shiso (also known as Japenese Basil).  We like unique garden ideas.  We like to plant things that not everyone has in their garden.  I love red shiso because it adds color to the garden, as you can see in the picture below. One of the other nice things about red shiso is that it can be a perennial plant, depending on your climate.  That means you plant it once and don’t have to plant it again.  It comes back the next year, all by itself!  No work from you!  And it multiplies!   Last...

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How to Reduce Time Spent Weeding Gardens So You Can Have More Free Time!

Must reduce time weeding gardens?  Well, one of my favorite garden ideas makes me feel like I have a confession to make.  I feel guilty about it.  My husband tells me that he sees our dear neighbors out weeding the garden.  Outside in the heat.  We’ve all done it.  It’s hard work.  Not to mention kind of miserable when it is the heat is oppressive.  Here’s my confession:  We don’t really have to weed ours.  I feel like we have been keeping a secret we should share to save our neighbors…and you…some work!  We found an amazing product and I...

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How to Know When to Harvest Cilantro

If you like Mexican food like I do, you need to know how to harvest cilantro so it’s always fresh for your recipes!  Garden ideas like that are so important, because you may have noticed that cilantro can be a tricky grow to garden if you don’t know when to harvest it.  It’s leaves will lose their flavor once it “goes to seed”.   You cannot keep it from going to seed indefinitely, but you can delay it significantly if you harvest cilantro properly.   The tips in this post will help you know when to harvest your cilantro leaves to...

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How to Make a Custom-Built Garden Irrigation System

Our custom-built garden irrigation system has been one of my husband’s best garden ideas. My husband is a handy guy, but even if you aren’t so “handy”, it is easy to have your irrigation system custom-made.  The great thing about the garden irrigation system that my husband made is you can water your garden section by section if you want to, because it has valves to shut off sections that you don’t want to water.  I thought it was great and he said it wasn’t that difficult to do, so I thought I would share it with you!  It is...

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How to Transplant Your Starter Plants into Your Garden

I thought I should show you how to transplant starter plants into your garden!  When it comes to garden ideas, it doesn’t get much easier than that!  Do you remember a couple of weeks ago when I showed you how to plant starter plants? Well…enough time has passed that they are ready to go in the garden here at our little urban homestead! It is really a pretty easy thing to do! I have included affiliate links to a couple of awesome products that we love for gardening.  Anyway…enough shop talk.  Are you ready to transplant your starter plants? Well,...

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How to Plant Starter Plants for Your Garden

I want to share with you how you can plant starter plants.  Basic garden ideas can still be intimidating, but you should really be doing this!  It will help you save money by not having to buy them from the nursery!  There’s NO reason to spend 50 bucks or more on starter plants for your garden when you can just grow them yourself quite easily and so inexpensively! All you need are seeds, potting soil, water, a sharpie, containers in which you can plant your starter plants, and a 9×13 pan (if you are using open-bottom containers like toilet paper rolls-see...