Growing Basil

Posted in - Gardening on January 19th 2014 0 Comments Basil

Planting Basil
When & Where to Plant Basil

In cooler climates, basil should be planted in full sun (where it will receive 6 to 8 hours of sunlight per day). If you are living in a hotter climate, basil will benefit from some afternoon shade.

List of Herbs – A to Z

Posted in - Gardening on January 16th 2014 0 Comments Chives

Herbs can add beauty and functionality to your home or garden. Herbs are often thought of as a culinary addition, but many herbs have medicinal and fragrant uses as well. Choosing the right herbs to grow will depend on your growing zone, time requirements and whether you are choosing to grow your herbs in containers …

Preparing Garden Soil

Posted in - Gardening on February 1st 2013 0 Comments How to Prepare Soil

Don’t make the mistake of working your soil too early. If your ground is saturated with melted snow or spring rain, you will be doing your soil more harm than good, and you may be up for a lot more work later! Adding organic matter to your soil is paramount to gardening success.

Straw Bale Gardening

Posted in - Gardening on April 21st 2011 2 Comments Growing a Straw Bale Garden

Straw bale gardening is the perfect alternative for gardeners facing poor soil conditions, those who are looking for a way to garden with less heavy lifting, or for growing in paved/groundless locations. Straw bale gardens are appropriate for growing almost anything (with the exception of very tall plants such as corn), and can be successfully …

Growing Pecans

Posted in - Gardening on July 20th 2010 0 Comments About Pecan Trees

Brief History of the Pecan

Pecans are fully native to North America, and continue to be primarily produced in the U.S.A. Native American tribes in the South found and named the Pecan, using it to press oils, cook in stews and roast for long trips.

Drying, Preserving and Using Herbs

Posted in - Food & Health & Gardening on June 7th 2010 0 Comments How to Dry Herbs

Before drying any of your herbs, you should rinse them in cold water, and pat dry with paper towels. There are a number of methods for preserving herbs including air drying, sand drying, heat drying, freezing, vinegars, butters, mustards, potpourri and more!

When and How to Harvest Herbs

Posted in - Gardening on June 7th 2010 0 Comments Harvesting Herbs

The best time to harvest herbs will depend on the herbs themselves. Most herbs should be harvested just as the flower buds appear, but before they fully blossom. At this stage, the leaves contain the maximum amount of oils for fragrance and flavor. You will also want to harvest them in the morning, just after …

Growing Tomatoes: Step 4 (Maintaining)

Posted in - Gardening on June 2nd 2010 0 Comments Maintaining Tomatoes


We already discussed adding compost to your soil see Step:3 (Planting Outdoors), but it is also very beneficial to add a protective layer of mulch to your tomato plants. This layer can help retain moisture in the soil, suppress weeds and keep the soil cool.

Growing Tomatoes: Step 3 (Planting Outdoors)

Posted in - Gardening on June 1st 2010 0 Comments Transplanting Tomatoes

Before you move tomato plants outdoors, you will need to ‘harden’ them off. For more information on hardening off your plants see: Growing Tomatoes: Step 2 (Growing from Seed).

Growing Tomatoes: Step 2 (Growing from Seed)

Posted in - Gardening on May 30th 2010 0 Comments Growing Tomato Seeds

Purchasing Seeds

For information on choosing a variety of tomato to grow, see: Growing Tomatoes: Step 1 (choosing).

You should acquire your seeds from a reputable source. As tomato seeds age, their chance of germinating decreases.

Growing Tomatoes: Step 1 (Choosing a Variety)

Posted in - Gardening on May 29th 2010 0 Comments Choosing a Tomato Variety

Knowing the differences in varieties of tomatoes and what they are best suited for, will help simplify the process of choosing which to grow. Before deciding on a variety though, you should determine whether you will be starting from seed, or purchasing starter plants (your choices may be limited depending on what your local garden …

The Basics of Composting

Posted in - Gardening on May 13th 2010 1 Comments composting 101

Some of the most popular composting methods include tumblers, bins and piles. Compost tumblers are large bins that can be “tumbled” to mix compost as it is added. Large piles are usually composted directly on open ground, and bins are usually stationary containers where compost is simply dumped into the bin.

Starting the pile on bare …

Build Your Own Recycled Greenhouse

Posted in - DIY & Home & Gardening on May 5th 2010 1 Comments Greenhouse from Recycled Materials

Purchasing a pre-built greenhouse can be pricey, but with a bit of ingenuity and handyman tact, you can construct a greenhouse yourself from recycled materials. See the above samples for greenhouses built out of old windows and storm doors!