The bumblebee is the gardener's friend because it is a great pollinator. Bumblebees are bigger than the common honeybee, and more round and “furry”. Like the honeybee, bumblebees feed on nectar and pollen, so planting a variety of flowers and flowering trees and shrubs for honeybees helps their giant cousins, too. We'll share some information on why bumblebees are so important, their life-cycle, and how to attract them to your yard and garden. [Read more…]
Tired of wimpy tomato cages and tomatoes that are too tall for the cage? Check out these easy DIY tomato trellis ideas that include tomato stakes, cattle panels, pallet trellises and other wooden trellises, string trellis and more, plus LARGE plant cages big enough for tall tomatoes. I'll be sharing my tomato trellis system, as well as several other tomato trellis ideas from my homesteading blogger friends. We have trellises that are wind resistant, tall, short, funky and budget friendly. I'm sure you'll be able to find a tomato trellis that works in your garden. [Read more…]
Planting and growing peas may not be the most efficient use of space in your garden, but the flavor of home grown garden peas knocks the socks off most commercial peas. If you want more yield per square foot, grow snap peas so you can eat the pod and the peas inside. Pea plants are also great to include in your garden rotation because they can help add nitrogen to the soil. In this post we'll cover pea growing from planting to harvest, including garden pea companion plants, pea trellis and troubleshooting tips. [Read more…]
This guide shares 5 tips to on how to keep deer out of your garden, including deer repellent sprays, solid deer repellents, tactics that scare deer away, deer fences and other barriers to deer. (A sturdy fence may work best, but if the local deer population isn't too aggressive, you can keep deer out of the garden without a fence.) After a mild winter and a gentle start to the growing season, our local deer population has increased. I'll also share some tips to help you tell if you have deer damage (versus rabbits), since deer often nibble at dusk, night or dawn when you might not see them.
Some folks don't bother growing carrots in the garden because they're so readily available at the store, but once you've tried a homegrown carrot, you'll be hooked. Like many homegrown vegetables, garden fresh carrots tend to be sweeter and more flavorful than their store bought counterparts. You can also grow carrots in a variety of colors – purple carrots, white carrots, red carrots, yellow carrots and many shades of orange carrots. Growing carrots in containers is possible with the right container and the right carrots. In this post we'll cover how to grow carrots, from planting to harvest, plus some common carrot questions. [Read more…]