I'm not a big fan of bugs...whether they are the good ones or the not so good ones(pests)! I'm not sure if anyone really is! LOL! As an organic gardener, I always try and solve my gardening challenges with organic based principles, protocols, or approaches. One wonderful approach to repelling our pesty friends is to plant those plants that are known as plant repellents! Here is a short list of what I've used successfully... BASIL: Basil is one of my favorites and a great opti
I have learned in my many years of gardening that plants, like humans, need companions. For us humans, it's always better when you have a companion that shares and supports you in your journey. Likewise, plants also need companions to share in their growing journey! Companion planting is where you plant different kinds of plants next to or in the vicinity of each other. There are many reasons to do this which include pest control, pollination, maximizing use of space, increas
It's always exciting to see seeds sprouting after putting in the work to build a raised bed, purchasing the seeds, planting the seeds, and hoping and praying through the ups and downs of the spring weather! I won't lie, gardening always has its ups and downs and if you can "weather the weather" or hold on through those cold-rainy-snowy-cloudy-sunny-warm days there is wonderful rewards in the bounty from all your labor! I included the above picture of a client's garden. This i
Where would we be without our bees? We wouldn't be around! Humans eat honey from bees, use their wax, and rely on them to help us grow our food. Bees are responsible for pollinating about 85% of all the food crops for humans. Without the honeybees, predictions have been made that we would have an environmental collapse! Bees play a very important part in the life cycle of most plants and flowers. Without them, most plants would have no way to reproduce resulting in a die out.
We finally made it to March! This is the time of year that is exciting to the gardening community because we get to plan out our gardens, purchase seeds and supplies, and starting our seedlings and planting in the garden. Here in zone 6, we are a few weeks away from being able to plant seedlings! This is "cool crops" season! Cool crops do best in a temperature range of 35℉ to 65℉. Here are some plants that do well in cooler temperatures; garlic, onions, chives beets, swiss ch
It is super easy to buy seeds. The choices are endless! You can buy anywhere from grocery and big box stores, through phone apps, to internet seed companies. Sometimes too many choices can become overwhelming. Here are a few things to consider when buying seeds; Seeds from brick and mortar stores: they generally carry hybrid seeds that are popular varieties. Hybrid seeds are great if you only want to plant them for the season you are buying them for. Replanting seeds from a h