Frost and Planting Dates by Zone

Determining your plant hardiness zone can boost your gardening success significantly. This is because, you focus on growing vegetables, fruits and herbs that are native and friendly to your growing zone. Also, you enjoy a healthy and pest free garden year after year. Understanding your planting hardiness zone The hardiness map divides the United States…

ORGANIC GARDENING HARVEST TIPS PART 1

From the onset of your organic gardening journey, you look forward to bountiful harvests. But, rarely do gardeners think or even plan for harvest season. Most gardeners believe that harvest time is when the crops get to their desired size or when a certain season approaches. However, this is not always the case. You need…

HEIRLOOM, HYBRID, AND GENETICALLY MODIFIED SEEDS

Organic gardening always proves hard for first-time gardeners. This is because of the many terminologies they have to master and differentiate. Among the many terminologies are the different seed types. Heirloom seeds As the name suggests with the term heir, heirloom seeds are seed varieties that are saved and passed down through a number of…

6 Steps To A Healthy Organic Lawn

For organic gardening enthusiasts, everything from your garden to your lawn must be maintained organically. However, most people disregard their lawns and may not understand the need to maintain organic lawns. But, the chemicals you use to maintain your lawn may directly or indirectly transfer to your organically maintained garden. So, at the end of the…

Growing Organic Fruit Trees (part 2)

The best time to cultivate your fruit trees is determined by your zone classification. The ideal time to cultivate in zones 3 to 7 is beginning of spring when the soil is thawed and February for zone 8 to 10 regions. Before planting, identify a sunny location that has well-drained and fertile soil. After identifying…

Organic Fruit Trees

With proper care and attention, growing anything including fruit trees organically is possible. The beauty of fruit trees is that they can thrive under most climatic conditions. But, you must be ready to commit and care for the trees until they establish a strong growth base. It is recommended to start your fruit trees with…

14 NATURAL WAYS OF CONTROLLING GARDEN PESTS

Carefully executed organic gardening practices ward off opportunistic pest infestations in your kitchen or vegetable garden. However, you cannot eliminate possibilities of garden pest infestations. There a few pests that will strike due to climatic changes and seasonal invasions. How do you deal with such pest infestations naturally? Here is a guide; Start with the…

10 Beneficial Insects That Actually Keep Nasty Pests Out Of Your Garden

Organic gardening is all about managing your garden naturally. Pests are a major challenge to any gardener whether organic or conventional; they are the reason pesticide manufacturers make billions in profits annually. Though there are organic pesticides that you can use to ward off pests, you can save money by attracting their natural rivals; insects….

How to design a backyard food forest

Backyards are often neglected, managed as lawns or transformed into beautiful landscapes where you can relax with family and friends. But, did you know that you can transform your backyard into a food forest? A backyard food forest consists of fruit trees, bushes and sometimes vegetables. It does best with perennial vegetables and fruits that…

How to Get Free Seeds

Seeds are not expensive, but they can get expensive when you are buying a wide variety of seeds. If you are budget cautious, you will look for ways to cut cost during planting season. One of the best means of reducing the money you spend on seeds is by getting free seeds. With free seeds,…

Organic Gardening Benefits

Growing crops organically means making better gardening choices that include avoiding the use of chemical farm products. The chemicals used to make pesticides are not only harmful to the environment but also to humans. Despite being applied days or even months before crops are harvested, farm produce contains traces of pesticides that cause serious health…