Make them Last: How to Care for Your Vegetable Garden Supplies

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You may not have put much thought into how to properly care for your vegetable garden supplies. Chances are you have shovels, hoes, spades, rakes, gloves, pots, and more to help you achieve the garden of your dreams each season. If you find yourself needing to replace these supplies each year, you are most likely not caring for them as you should. Instead of buying new supplies each year, take a look at how easy it is to provide them the care they need so they last you many more seasons! [Read more...]

10 Benefits of a Raised Vegetable Garden Bed

 

What exactly are raised vegetable garden beds? Raised vegetable garden beds are great if you are working with a small amount of space. They keep weeds at bay,  allow for great drainage and protection from bugs. The  bed siding will protect your garden acting as a wall or fence, providing a barrier. As you can see, raised vegetable garden beds are quite idea for many reasons!

If you think these are the only benefits, think again…  The benefits of a raised vegetable garden bed are many. Read below to find out even more perks that can be brought your way this summer, courtesy of a raised vegetable garden bed!

The Benefits of a Raised Vegetable Garden Bed:

  1. Raised garden beds reduce strain on the back when tending the bed.  In fact, with elevated  raised beds, you won’t have to bend over at ALL!
  2. Raised beds on the ground do not have bottoms so they can still reach into the soil for nutrients.
  3. Raised garden beds fit all budgets – From $30 beds on up, you can find great deals this time of year by watching the weekly hardware store ads.
  4. Boxes can be made on your own for little cost – see our Raised Bed Vegetable Garden Tutorial Here!
  5. They keep pests at bay, not only 6-legged ones, but furry ones like dogs, bunnies and more!
  6. You can make multiple boxes to create  a cluster garden, with pathways between them.
  7. They keep the soil toasty.
  8. They allow you to plant earlier in the season.
  9. You can build them in a way that allows you to drape netting over them easily, or tent them in the event of an unexpected frost.
  10. Avoid soil compaction and improve drainage.

Convinced yet? When planning your garden, why not consider the many perks listed above of a raised vegetable garden bed? If you want to ease back strain, are limited on space, or just want to get an early jump on the planting season, a bed such as this could be the perfect arrangement for you!

7 Best Vegetable Garden Mulch Options

A successful vegetable garden counts heavily on your garden mulch.

Mulch helps do a variety of things for your garden. It helps it retain moisture, prevents weeds from taking over, and can improve your soil. Mulch is often nutrient rich, inexpensive, and easy to use. But how do you know which mulch to use? Thankfully, you will find your many options for the best vegetable garden mulch below.

Whether your garden be big or small, take a peek at these to find one that suits you…

Best Vegetable Garden Mulch Options:

  • Alfalfa
    Alfalfa is high in nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium. It increases organic matter in the soil as well.

  • Cardboard
    This makes an excellent layer when you are composting. It will  suffocate your harmful weeds!

  • Hay
    Hay is mostly made of carbon and one of the most common mulches.

  • Lawn and grass clippings
    Clippings are high in lovely nitrogen and should be layered on in thin layers.

  • Dry leaves
    These are high in carbon and low in nitrogen. Bag up your leaves and keep them for your mulching needs.

  • Newspapers
    Newspapers opened and spread thick make an excellent weed barrier.  Check out our post on the many benefits of Newspaper vs. Landscape Fabric

  • Dry pine needles
    Pine needles are full of carbon and great for vegetable gardens!

As you can see, there are quite a few mulch options that involve materials you already have around your home and yard. You don’t necessarily need to go out and buy mulch. If you have an abundance of pine needles, clipping, leaves, newspapers, or hay you are all set! Use it to your advantage as a mulch material and really get some bang for your buck.

Mulch truly is marvelous and acts as a barrier against the bad while holding in the good. Take advantage of all that it offers this growing season and watch your garden flourish! You will be so glad you did!

 

 

Vegetable Garden Layout Option: Block Style Gardening

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Vegetable Garden Layout Option | Block Style Gardening

Have you ever heard of block style gardening? Block style gardening (also known as square foot gardening) is a method of laying out your plants that  increase your growth compared to a row style garden design.

It’s the perfect way to plan your garden and get the most bang for your buck!  The special design reduces the need for frequent weeding and makes harvesting and water much simpler. Perfect! If you are looking for a vegetable garden layout option, block style gardening may work well for you.  To accommodate this vegetable garden layout, a raised bed is best.  Check out our Vegetable Garden Raised Bed tutorial for detailed instructions.

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If you are interested in this method, take a peek at how block style gardening is done!

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Cute Valentine’s Day Ideas: DIY Candy Bowl

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If you are hosting a Valentine’s Day party or just want to get into the spirit, you are going to want to round up cute Valentine’s Day ideas! And while you might think that equals spending big bucks, you might be surprised! The truth is you that you will find many cute Valentine’s Day ideas can be whipped up for just a few dollars or less.

In fact, take a peek at this adorable Valentine’s Day candy bowl! Looks are quite deceiving with this project! With just a few easy supplies, you can create one yourself in no time. Here is how!

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Valentine Table Decorations: DIY Chic Decor on a Dime

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When thinking about cute Valentine’s ideas, you might think you need to invest a great deal of time or money. But the reality is, there are many cheap Valentine’s Day ideas out there that you too can create for little to nothing! In fact, why not make a quick trip to your local dollar store or Walmart and see how easy it is to whip up your own Valentine’s table decorations on the cheap? And the best part? It will still look chic!

Take a peek at how you can create your own whimsical Valentine’s Day table decor on a dime!

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Not Just for Summer: Tips for Planting a Fall Vegetable Garden

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Gardens do not have to be saved just for the summer season. Most everything you plant in spring you can grow in your fall garden, too.  Wouldn’t it be fun to enjoy your garden and all of its produce well into the fall season? Below, you will find tips for planting a fall vegetable garden that will continue to give you a harvest well after summer. You will notice that these are cool season plants, meaning they will tolerate a light frost. They will also thrive in short daylight hours and perform best with mild temperatures. So if planting a fall vegetable garden is something you wanted to try, read on! [Read more...]