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Vegetable Garden Raised Bed Tutorial

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Vegetable Garden Raised Bed Tutorial

 

If you want to have a vegetable garden this year without having to till, why not try out this Vegetable Garden Raised Bed project!  Using a raised bed garden means you have control of the soil quality, you’re able to reach the plants easily from all sides, and you can better protect your little garden from pests.

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DIY Flower Planters | How to Choose & Arrange Flowers for BIG Impact!

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Jamie here, if you’re wanting to try your hand at DIY Flower Planters this year (rather than buying the pre-arranged pots at the garden center) I have a super-simple 3-Step Rule to share with you ;)   You need to purchase each of these types of flowers:

1) a BOOM 2) a FILLER and 3) a SPILLER

You’ll want to begin putting together your DIY Flower Planters by searching for these three types of flowers/plants to fill your pot.

*Keep in mind that they each need to have the same sun requirements

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The BOOM!

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Perfect Plantings: What You Need to Know About Vegetable Garden Spacing!

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Everyone loves a full and rich vegetable garden. And so, it might be tempting to really pack your plants in tight and achieve a full and luscious look. However, while it might be visually appealing, the health of your vegetable plants can be hurt if not spaced properly. Plants need room to breathe and grow just like people, so knowing how much space your vegetable plants needs is important. Proper vegetable garden spacing is not only simple to do, but can make a huge difference in your yield!

Take a few moments to consider your vegetable garden spacing, as it really makes a huge difference!

Here are some tips to help you properly space your vegetable garden: [Read more...]

Vegetable Garden Layout Option: Block Style Gardening

Have you ever heard of block style gardening? Block style is a method of laying out your plants that  increase your growth compared to a row style garden design! Who knew? It is the perfect way to plan your garden and get the most bang for your buck! How does this happen? Allow me to explain!  The special design reduces the need for frequent weeding. Perfect! If you are looking for a vegetable garden layout option, block style gardening may work well for you.

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

The Basics on Block Style Gardening: When you utilize block planting  you don’t have any walkways that are unnecessary.

  • Try to avoid single rows plantings.
  • When you plant your crops be sure to do so with an equal-distance spacing  between neighboring plants.
  • Beds should be at least three feet wide.  It will then be easy to reach the growing bed from walkways for planting and weeding as well as harvesting.
  • Walkways need to be at least 24 inches in width
  • Mulch walkways with old grass clippings or an organic mix.

Some ideal plants for Block planting:

  • Cole crops such as broccoli or even cabbage.
  • Corn
  • Eggplant
  • Peppers
  • Vine Crops such as squash and pumpkins.
  • Trellis tomatoes and cucumbers
  • Beans
  • Peas
  • Potatoes

 

So give block planting a try and see how it can benefit you! If you are looking for a vegetable garden layout option, block style gardening may work well for you and yield beautiful and abundant results!

Small Spaces: Planning a Small Vegetable Garden

Have you ever wanted your very own small vegetable garden? Perhaps you don’t have a green thumb just yet, or maybe you just don’t have the room or time for anything on a large scale.  Planting a small vegetable garden, and it does not take a green thumb or special amount of skill!

If a small vegetable garden is in your plans, these small vegetable gardening tricks will help begin. Stay focused, and plan well. If you do this, you can’t go wrong. Here is how to get started! [Read more...]

Bye Bye Bugs: Organic Vegetable Garden Pest Control

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Organic vegetable garden pest control may sound like something that requires a great deal of knowledge and skill. It may sound like it is a great deal of work as well. But it does not have to be! You don’t have to have a green thumb or be a super savvy scientist to take advantage of the perks organic pest control offers not only your garden but your family as well. If you don’t like the idea of spraying chemicals all over your yard where it can harm people and pets, then organic pest control is for you. So where do you begin? With the recipes below, you too will be able to  carefully and naturally remove pests that would otherwise dine on your crop!

Organic garden pest control methods allow you to safely and naturally control your pest without harming the plants, pets, or kids. Now take a peek at some easy organic pest control recipes below! [Read more...]

Fabulous Fences: DIY Vegetable Garden Fence

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They say good fences make good neighbors, but good fences also make good vegetable gardens! Fencing for your vegetable garden not only adds visual interest, but is a way to protect your garden from pests, critters, and other harmful elements. Depending on your garden, a simple wire fencing might work. Finding the right vegetable garden fence can really make a difference to the success of your garden. [Read more...]