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Cinder Block Herb Tower-Six blocks

Cinder Block Herb Tower-Six blocks

I’m always looking for more space.  I planted a small herb garden a few years ago and now it’s full.  We have small side yard between our deck and fence that I’ve been using for container gardening.  I can’t dig there because of buried utility lines.  […]

Grow Your Earliest Garden Ever!

Grow Your Earliest Garden Ever!

One spring like day in Kansas and we are all ready to get out in the garden.  The only problem is that it is February.  With a simple and inexpensive low tunnel, you could be planting weeks earlier than you normally do without worrying about what the weather […]

Surgery for the Worst Garden Pest

Surgery for the Worst Garden Pest

Everything is going along well in your garden.  Your zucchini and pumpkin plants look like they could take over the world and then one day you look out the window and see the plants wilting a bit in the mid day heat.  You quickly water […]

Best Way to Remove Squash Bugs-Chemical Free

Best Way to Remove Squash Bugs-Chemical Free

Stories abound about how prolific zucchini can be in the summer garden.  Last year was a good zucchini year for me as I got 240 pounds out of 6 plants.  Most years, though it is a three way competition between me, the squash bugs and […]

Strawberries and Drunk Slugs

Strawberries and Drunk Slugs

My strawberries are starting to ripen.   Now the battle begins.  I looked out the window the other day to observe a squirrel pull a strawberry off the plant, munch on it and cast it aside.  It was time to put the chicken wire over […]

Grow Vertical With This DIY A-Frame

Grow Vertical With This DIY A-Frame

I’m adding things I want to grow faster than space to grow them.  Every year I run out of room in the garden and try to find more efficient ways to grow things.  Growing vertical is one of the ways to make great use of […]

Rain Barrel Lessons: Is the Water Safe to Use on the Garden?

Rain Barrel Lessons: Is the Water Safe to Use on the Garden?

I recently decided to paint my translucent rain barrels because I was seeing a lot of brown slime build up on the inside of the barrel.  Read more about that here.  A recent class on produce safety in the home garden has gotten me thinking […]

Rain Barrel Lessons: Paint and Drain

Rain Barrel Lessons: Paint and Drain

I love the idea of collecting rain water for my garden.  I love the idea of using chlorine and fluoride free water on my plants.  Thinking of rain water evokes images of something pure and heaven sent.  I remember growing up that we knew rinsing […]

Seed Starting: What Worked (or Didn’t) This Year

Seed Starting: What Worked (or Didn’t) This Year

I know, it’s May and in this part of the country, almost anything you want to put in your garden can be directly sowed outdoors.  However…this also means that seed starting supplies will soon be marked down and cleared out of the garden centers. Here’s […]

Worms-I Confess We Keep Them

Worms-I Confess We Keep Them

Why would anyone want a container full of worms in their house, let alone in their kitchen???  Actually there are a lot of good reasons to keep worms in your house if they are Red Wiggler composting worms.  First, they eat your food waste.  Second, […]