Have you ever looked at lists of companion plants and wondered why? Why are these certain plants good companions? What makes them go well together? And most importantly, is there a way to implement companion planting without cross referencing lists in multiple books and websites? The answer is yes, you can gain a deeper understanding of companion planting, and this will make it easier and quicker for you to plan vegetable garden layouts.
The family food garden is the most important tool a homestead can have. Gardeners are rewarded with fresh produce that can be harvested all summer long. At the end of the growing season, the garden harvest can be transformed into pantry staples to get your family through the winter. Many varieties of fruits and vegetables can be stored in a root cellar for months. Almost anything can be pressure or water bath canned for long term storage.
Garden design, specifically for vegetables and medicinal herbs, is a main focus of this site. The methods I incorporate into my garden include:
- Companion planting
- Raised bed gardening
- Starting seeds indoors
- Seed saving
- Creating edible landscapes
- And many more!
How to Grow
This page contains posts with “how to grow” guides for different varieties of herbs and vegetables. It’s nice to learn from someone else’s mistakes when it comes to gardening, and I have made many. After years of growing my own food, I hope my experience and knowledge can help beginner gardeners.
Plant Friend or Foe: Companion Planting in the Vegetable Garden
Take the guess work out of planning your vegetable garden layout with this comprehensive list of vegetable garden plants and their companions!
How to Make a Succession Garden Schedule
Do you wish you could get more out of your vegetable garden space? By creating a succession planting schedule, you can! Increase yields from all your crops with proper planning and foresight. This guide will give you the confidence and tools to create your very own planting schedule no matter the size of your garden.
How to Grow a Medicinal Tea Garden (Plus over 40 Plants!)
There is nothing like a hot cup of tea to cure what ails you! Herb gardens are an incredible resource for making herbal tea and medicines at home. Buying bulk herbs can be quite expensive, whereas garden plants and seeds are a one time purchase that will keep producing for years to come.
Tips for Garden Critter Control
Critters in the veggie patch are every gardener’s worst nightmare. The frustration of having all your hard work devoured by garden pests is enough to make you want to give up gardening altogether. But with these strategies, you will finally be able to take back control of your garden space.
Top 20 Flowers for a Cottage Garden
With height, bloom time and color in mind, you can create an enchanting cottage garden with ease. Your hard work will be repaid with a low maintenance masterpiece you can enjoy year after year. Plus your vegetable garden will thank you for all the added pollination it receives from the bees and butterflies that flock to your flowers.
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The Gardener’s Guide to Pest Insects
Insect pests in the garden can be real problem and need to be dealt with as soon as they appear. Crops can be decimated in a matter of days and many gardeners feel like they are in a losing battle. While it can be frustrating to see insect damage to your precious vegetables, you can take back control with the solutions in this guide.
How to Start Seeds Indoors and Keep Them Alive!
Learn the entire process for indoor seed starting success including: setting up your growing space, what supplies to purchase, when and how to plant, seedling care, common seed starting problems, hardening off and transplanting.
Garden Design and Planning Tool
I am so excited to introduce this product! After many months of development, I have created a garden planner that actually gives users complete control over their garden design, planting schedule, and record keeping! You will get a beautifully formatted Excel file and PDF with printable worksheets!