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Posted by on Dec 6, 2016 in Gardening, Uncategorized | 1 comment

10 Plants for Attracting Beneficial Insects to Your Garden

10 Plants for Attracting Beneficial Insects to Your Garden

I love winter. It’s the best season for getting prepared for a new gardening season. I love to cuddle up by a fire, drink some tasty hot chocolate, drool over my favorite gardening catalogs, and plan my future garden. It’s a lovely, peaceful season for dreaming about possible future garden productivity. However, I do NOT want to read only garden catalogs (for real!). I also love reading new gardening books. This has been tough to find. I read plenty of great homesteading books (like the ones I mention in my gifts for gardeners post), and those homesteading books have a section or two about gardening which are great to read. But sometimes I just want to curl up by my fire with a great gardening book. So I’ve got some GREAT news: I think I just found my perfect gardening book! When Amy from Tenth Acre Farm asked me to review her book, The Suburban Micro-Farm, I didn’t know what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised to find that this gardening book is PERFECT...

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Posted by on Nov 6, 2016 in Gardening, Uncategorized | 2 comments

6 Gift Ideas for Gardeners

6 Gift Ideas for Gardeners

It’s that time of year. Time to think about clever, cute, and/or funny gift ideas for your loved ones (or for yourself!). Here is a list of 6 gift ideas for gardeners. I tried to focus on just a few very specific gift ideas that I think gardeners will LOVE. Feel free to add other ideas in the comment section! 🙂 1. The Ultimate Garden Tool Set What gardener could resist a garden tool set (like this one), that comes with all the tools needed to garden and a nifty bag to carry it all (and keep it organized!). I drooled when I saw the one pictured below: 2. Garden Gloves Most gardeners I know are super fussy about their garden gloves. So you might want to ask them what type they prefer. These garden gloves are the ones that I personally use. I *love* that they are snug on my hands, and the plastic fingertips keep me from getting poked by thorns. I went through about 10 pairs...

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Posted by on Oct 31, 2016 in Gardening, Uncategorized | 7 comments

8 Lessons from My Summer Garden

8 Lessons from My Summer Garden

This year, my garden was much MUCH better. Unlike last year’s fiasco. Thank goodness.  However, even though this year’s harvest was a happy thing, I still learned plenty of lessons from my summer garden. So I thought I would share them with you all. Feel free to tell me about YOUR summer garden in the comments! 1. Drip Irrigation is a life changer. I hesitated to get drip irrigation in the past. This was for many reasons, including: I have a strict garden budget and I actually LOVE watering my garden by hand. However, my sweet hubby surprised me with drip irrigation supplies, so of course we set it up. I have mixed feelings about using drip irrigation in my garden. The positives: This summer was very dry and hot in South Carolina. Our Drip Irrigation had a timer and it went off twice a day without me having to worry. Instead of daily spending hours watering and rewatering my plants, I only had to stroll through once a day...

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Posted by on Jan 31, 2016 in Gardening, Uncategorized | 4 comments

How to Plan Your Garden

How to Plan Your Garden

Confession: I am a planner-person. I am most happy when I can plan out my day/week/month/year and then follow through with those plans/goals. I am pretty sure that’s one of the reasons why I love gardening. Yes, I feel an intimate connection with nature, and yes, I enjoy the thrill of growing my own food. However, it’s also a joy for me to plan out a very thorough gardening schedule.  I am also a bit old-fashioned about how I plan out my garden because I like to write it all out on paper. Yes, I could use a cool computer program, like GrowVeg.com. Honestly, if I ever decide to join the ‘computers for everything’ bandwagon, I would/will probably use GrowVeg.com. It’s a super awesome gardening scheduling program that makes garden planning super easy. So if you want to make garden planning a breeze, check it out! However, I personally enjoy using paper for my garden planning. It’s one of the reasons why I also prefer actual garden catalogs in...

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Posted by on Jan 18, 2016 in Gardening, Uncategorized | 1 comment

How to Properly Test Your Soil

How to Properly Test Your Soil

How to Properly Test Your Soil Last fall, I decided that it was time to expand my gardening knowledge by taking a local gardening class at nearby Clemson University. Did you know that some of the bigger Universities have day courses for the public? I think that it is a super cool idea for the community!  It was lovely to meet fellow gardeners from the area and I was pleasantly surprised with the information that I learned. One of the things that I learned from this garden class was about how to properly test your soil. I’ve always focused on the pH levels of the soil, but I learned that there are actually TWO tests you should do to your soil for well-rounded results. Of course, if you can afford it, I highly recommend that you get your soil tested in a lab. They give you very thorough results and I found it very helpful for truly understanding my soil. I got mine tested at Clemson University (here’s their website), however, most...

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Posted by on Jan 6, 2016 in Gardening, Uncategorized | 13 comments

High Quality Seed Companies for the Organic Gardener

High Quality Seed Companies for the Organic Gardener

High Quality Seed Companies for the Organic Gardener You know you’re an obsessed gardener when…. **The holidays are barely over and you immediately start researching your future garden. 🙂 Yep, it’s time to start researching, choosing, and buying seeds for the gardens! Woohoo! I seriously love every season for gardening — spring’s energy, summer’s hard work, fall’s harvest, and winter’s planning.  I’ve never been interested in shopping for clothes or household items. They always make a budget-focused gal like me wince a bit. However, I always go a bit nuts over my garden seeds. I DO give myself a strict budget, but then I make sure that I spend every bit of that budget on the best high quality seeds that I can find.  tl;dr –  I love SeedsNOW Here are my tips on choosing Seed Companies: Don’t just grab seeds from your local chain-hardware store and think that they will do the job. Many seeds from local chain stores are OLD and they sit in the bright lights...

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