Newspaper or Landscape Fabric | 5 Reasons Newspaper Kills Weeds BETTER!


Newspaper or Landscape Fabric?

We’ve shared this tip before – but with the awesome weather we have had the last couple days it seemed like a good time to mention it again!

My kids helped me weed my flower beds today and I ran up to Lowe’s to get some mulch – but before I lay it down, I’m putting down some newspaper to save myself from weeding anymore this season.

Why Newspaper?  Once you’ve spent hours upon hours hunched over hand-weeding a flower bed – you’re in no hurry to do it again.  Here’s a little tip I learned from my mom  (the greenest thumb I know) about keeping out weeds in your flowerbeds….

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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!

Fall Gardening: Vegetable Garden Basics all Gardeners Should Know


Thinking about growing a fall garden? If you are a new vegetable gardener, you should know the few tips and tricks seasoned vegetable gardeners live by.

There are a few tips and tricks of the trade that some vegetable gardeners and gardeners in general have been following for years, and as a result continue to yield produce worth bragging about. You will find these tips to be easy and helpful, so take a look! [Read more...]

Weeds be Gone: Three Methods for Weeding Vegetable Gardens


No one likes weeds. They are unsightly and can cause major damage to your vegetable garden. How? They act as tiny ropes that strangle the roots of your plants and soak up the water and nutrients your plants need. Tackling weeds in your vegetable garden is essential, or your garden simply won’t survive. However, the thought of getting on your knees and weeding each and every day can seem daunting. Instead, take a look at the three weeding methods below. Each is perfect for weeding vegetable gardens and is a different option then having to crawl around pulling them out.

Make your garden weed free. Take a look at these three methods to get started! [Read more...]

The Benefits of Vegetable Gardens: Why Grow a Vegetable Garden?

Benefits of planting a vegetable garden


If you are thinking about planting a vegetable garden, you might be wondering what the benefits of vegetable gardens are.

This is just our third year having a garden and we absolutely love it!  A small vegetable garden in your own backyard can bring you many benefits. Not only will you realize the creative and very fun benefits of gardening, but you will grow fresh produce for your family and the local food pantry even. Gardening can be a fun family affair with your children and a chance to teach them many new skills as well (we’ve worked it into our homeschool curriculum for the summer)! Everyone can get in on these benefits, and you will soon find that even a tiny garden can help so many people and bring them food and joy. [Read more...]

Getting The Ball Rolling: 5 Tips for Starting a Vegetable Garden



It is not too late to get going on your vegetable garden. But what if you don’t know where to start? Being intimidated by the process may be one of the reasons that you have not started. But fear not. You are really only five steps away from starting the perfect vegetable garden. Even if you are a newbie, the thought of starting your garden should be fun, not make you fearful. Below, you will find 5 tips for starting a vegetable garden. In fact, it is not too late to give these tips a try this weekend. Take a look! [Read more...]