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…

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…

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…

Improving Your Organic Garden with Minerals

Much like the human body, your organic garden needs a healthy dose of vitamins and minerals to thrive. When you have both minerals and vitamins in your garden, they work together to improve the vitality of your plants, which creates delicious harvests for you. It’s true that your plants need elements such as nitrogen, phosphorus,…

How to Start an Organic Vegetable Garden

So you’ve decided you’re ready to start your own organic vegetable garden? We’re super excited for you! Many homeowners are turning back to the way their grandparents lived by starting their own vegetable gardens, which is great for health and ecological reasons. While starting an organic vegetable garden is pretty straightforward, there are some things…

Tips for a Great Organic Garden

One of the best things about growing your own organic garden is that you can enjoy fresh, clean produce whenever you want, but how do you get there? Whether you’re new to gardening or you’re looking to leave chemical fertilizers and pesticides behind, we’ve got some great tips that will guarantee you organic gardening success….

Feed the Soil – Build the Ecosystem

Whether you’re starting an organic garden for the first time or you’re looking to improve your green thumb, it’s tempting to buy into the idea that there’s one catch-all solution. In truth, ending up with the perfect garden takes years in the making. And even then, there could be a turn in the weather, new…

Proven Strategies for Year-Round Harvest

There several great ways to enhance your harvesting experience and timeframe. Below are some tips we’ve gathered that will help you get the most from your organic garden. 1. Make your growing season longer You can create a warmer climate that will last longer into the year. Create sheltered, sun-facing walls so your plants will…

Nine Steps to Starting an Organic Garden

Incorporating more organic foods into your diet is a great way to decrease your exposure to pesticides as well as a great way to protect the environment from further toxic chemical exposure. Yet, going organic can be expensive, especially when more affordable options are available. Fortunately, growing your own fresh, yummy produce isn’t as difficult…

Seasonal Gardening Planner

Fall is in full swing but the warm days continue to linger. If your vegetable garden is still yielding, that means there’s plenty of time to prep your garden for winter. It also means you can still gather seeds for next year’s garden. As gardeners, we rarely rest. Whether we’re prepping the seeds, soil, our…

Six Winter Gardening Activities 

As we head into the colder months, and no doubt you’ve closed your garden for the summer, now is an ideal time to start making plans for spring. To help you get started on important tasks and keep your green thumb going throughout the winter, here are some helpful pointers: 1) Get writing Stay organized…