To Till or Not to Till

Organic gardeners have debated the benefits of tilling and not tilling gardens for years. Each method has its pros and cons that depend on the amount of space you’re working with as well as the soil in your garden. Generally speaking, tilling will help your garden bed get started sooner and not tilling slowly improves…

Preparing Your Garden Before You Start Spring Planting

Springtime in Iowa can be a bit unpredictable, but when the weather starts to turn warm and the sun stays out, it’s a critical time to set your garden up for a productive year. The question is, what’s the best way to get your garden beds ready? The first thing you should do is build…

Tips for Adding Fruit to Your Organic Garden

If you haven’t worked with fruit much, it’s easy to be a little intimidated by the thought of adding it to your garden. Maybe you feel like you don’t have the room, you’re worried about the critters getting to your plants first, or you find the thought of tending to fruit overwhelming. The truth is,…

A Gardener’s Guide to Beating the Winter Blues

It’s clear that winter in Iowa is a good time for hibernating. When December rolls around you’ve shut down your summer garden and moved what you can indoors. It’s dark in the morning when you go to work and dark when you come home at night. Then there’s the weather rollercoaster. For a while, it’s…

When to Start Seedlings

Before you can reach harvest time you have to make sure your plants get off to the best start possible. This means kicking off the process before the weather gets warm again. Whether you prefer to start your seeds in the home or you like working in the greenhouse, there are steps you can take…

How and When to Prune Your Fruit Trees

You took the time to lovingly plant your fruit trees, water them, and help them grow, but now you’re facing overgrown scraggly trees that could really use some attention. The good news is that the best time to prune your fruit trees is right now. The key component to keeping fruit trees beautiful is yearly…

Why You Should Use Garden Markers

There’s an easy way to clear up any possible confusion in the garden and it starts with placing markers by all of your plants. Even if you’ve been gardening for years, you could still get confused about where you placed the thyme this year or which genus you planted. This is nothing to be ashamed…

Making the Most of Your Garden

Starting an organic garden for the first time is exciting. For those who have minimal gardening experience, the process can be a little overwhelming, so much so that nearly half the people who start a garden give up before first harvest. If you’re feeling ambitious but don’t know how to get the groundwork started, we’ve…

Winter Gardening Hacks: Helping Your Veggies Thrive Indoors (Part 2)

In our last post, we discussed the best ways to get your indoor garden up and running during the colder months. Since you’ll probably want to grow more than carrots and garlic, we’re expanding on the topic a little bit further today. Getting Your Peppers Poppin’ Sweet peppers are such a staple that giving them…

Winter Gardening Hacks: Helping Your Veggies Thrive Indoors

Winter can be a bummer. It’s cold outside, the snow is falling, the wind is howling, and you have to wait for warm weather to return before you can work in your garden again. But who says you can’t continue to grow fresh organic veggies in your home during the frigid months? The cold doesn’t…