Many of the gardening gifts I've seen in other guides aren't a great fit for me, so I decided to put together a list who like some functional mixed in with their fun. I don't know about you, but I enjoy gifts that I use on a daily basis, since each time I use them it reminds me of the gift giver. Here are some of our favorite unique gift ideas for the green thumbs on your list, to take them from planting to harvest.
In this article we'll talk about 5 things you must include in a root cellar design, plus 10 tips for fruit and vegetable storage. There's also a printable storage guide for over 30 fruits and veggies, and jump links to additional information at the bottom of the post.
A root cellar is a great low-cost way to store food – not just root vegetables, but other fresh produce, too. They require no energy to use and very little maintenance. You can build in a root cellar when your home is under construction, but it’s also possible to add a root cellar to your basement, or build one outside your home.
Tomatoes not ripening? Here are the four main reasons why your tomatoes aren't turning red, and what you can do (if anything) to help ripen your tomatoes.
No one can tell you exactly how to pick a good watermelon, because so much of the flavor depends on growing and storage conditions. What I can give you are tips to teach you how to tell if a watermelon is ripe – PLUS – I’ll tell you how to store a watermelon for best flavor and nutrition.
If you are a frustrated gardener with no land with which to garden upon, there IS a solution that is not only fairly easy to implement but also so much fun you will be amazed. That solution does require utilization of some of those brain cells hanging around in your head (or the head of someone willing to help with the project). We are talking about having an indoor garden and raising not only healthy, organic fruits and vegetables, but raising enough of them to give your pocketbook a break. If you have a big enough indoor space, you might even be able to sell the fruits of your labor.
For healthy people with tons of vitality and some land around their abodes, and indoor garden might seem unnecessary. Then again, those points might be helpful at a later time in life, or might be helpful for a friend or loved one in need. [Read more…]