The garden season has finally arrived up here in the North! This has been a long time coming and after such a long and cold winter, I am so excited. Finally, I can get my hands in the dirt and start growing things. Of course, the weather played its tricks on us. The first half of the month was unusually cold – even for up here. And then it turned abnormally warm. On top of this, we had almost no rain this month. Needless to say, thanks to that, the garden was planted a bit late.  This garden update June 2019 covers all that IRead More →

Every gardener has challenges that they need to overcome in order to be successful. Some areas get hot quickly and can limit what can be grown. Other areas are more ideal for nearly year-round gardening, however, they may encounter more pests or diseases. Then there are places where the growing season is not only short but also includes a cool climate. I fall into the latter category. Though it can be a struggle to achieve a successful garden, these 6 tips for cold climate gardening will help those in cooler climates to reach their gardening potential. When I first started gardening here, I honestly wasn’tRead More →

As the gardening season approaches, it’s important to know what tools are required for the task. Luckily, gardening doesn’t require too much and few tools are very expensive. Years of gardening have taught me what you do and don’t need for gardening. These tools work for small gardens to large ones. Whether you are a beginner gardener or a master gardener, these are the 8 gardening tools you need The post may contain affiliate links. This means that should you make a purchase after following one of these links, I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. 8 gardening tools youRead More →

With the arrival of spring, the gardening season is just around the corner. Depending on where you live, the start of the growing season varies quite a bit. For the most part, a lot of people are heading into the gardening season in the next few weeks. As the temperatures rise and the snow melts away, it is time to do some garden planning. Whether you are a seasoned gardener or a beginner gardener, these tips can help you reach your full gardening potential. Garden planning, now is the time to start What to grow The first question you need to ask yourself is whatRead More →

Can you believe that Christmas is coming up? I hope you have started your shopping. For those who haven’t, perhaps I can help out a bit. We all have people in our lives that can be hard to buy for. Perhaps if your uncle who owns two of everything already, or your neighbor who has eclectic tastes. I can’t guarantee that I can help with them, but I can help with what to get for the gardeners in your life with this gift guide for gardeners. The post may contain affiliate links. This means that should you make a purchase after following one of theseRead More →

Fall is here and the gardening season has come to an end. Every year, I look forward to the garden. The excitement of planning what we will grow, planting those seeds and nurturing the plants to the best of our ability. Wondering just what kind of a year it will be. Will it be overly wet, dry, warm or cool? All of those factors play a roll in the garden. However, the thing I look forward to the most is the harvest. Now that all the hard work is over, I thought it would be fun to take a moment and look back on thisRead More →

How to grow and store potatoes

Gardening is a great activity for everyone. Although not everyone is born with a green thumb, which a little knowledge, anyone can become a gardener. Once you know the basics, it’s time to start working on growing something. Every type of plant has different requirements. Some need constant attention, while others do well with little to no help. Knowing exactly what each plant requires will make growing them a success. Potatoes are on the lower end of the maintenance spectrum. Today I will be sharing how to grow and store potatoes. How to grow and store potatoes How to plant potatoes The first step is decidingRead More →

Not everyone is born with a green thumb. However, with a little bit of knowledge and a bunch of persistence, anyone can learn to be a gardener. Whether you live in cooler Northern climates or warmer Southern ones, these tips for beginner gardeners are sure to help out. Once you have these things under your belt, you are ready to grab a trowel, dig in the dirt and get growing. Many of these tips are geared towards growing a vegetable garden, however, nearly all of them can apply to flower gardens as well. Now, let’s get started! Tips for beginner gardeners Know your grow zoneRead More →