Beginner Gardener

6 Astounding Benefits to Community Gardening

Benefits of community gardening

As a child, I would walk along the streets of Houston, Texas planting acorn after acorn with my grandfather. He spent years of his life collecting hundreds of acorns and the trees he planted with his community gardening group still stand and continue to grow today. It seems right to garden alongside other human beings, as if that’s what people were made to do. Gardening, when shared with others, can be a special experience where people learn, bond, and create.

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How to Protect Your Garden From Predators Naturally

Baby raccoon in garden

The first time I decided to add corn to my home garden, I was so excited. I had visions of warm summer nights eating dinner outside with fresh corn on our plates. I planted those seeds with great expectations. Hours were spent watering, weeding, and maintaining them.

As the corn began to grow, the joy of harvesting was mounting until one afternoon. I looked out our kitchen window and saw a squirrel peeling and chowing down on my home grown sweet corn. I was furious – all that work only to have my vegetable eaten by a squirrel.

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Comprehensive Guide on Growing Organic Raspberries

 Comprehensive Guide on Growing Organic Raspberries

As a child, I remember picking wild raspberries walking around the mountains of Virginia, and plopping them in my mouth as fast as humanly possible. I could not believe that such an amazing fruit was growing wild and free and in abundance.

As an adult, I am shocked at how much raspberries can cost at the supermarket. Because of my love for raspberries, and my desire to keep cost down, when I started my own home garden, I knew that raspberries had to be included. However, I felt intimidated as a new gardener on how to grow them.

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Organic Gardening with Children: Amazing Benefits and Tips

Organic gardening with children

Inviting children to enter into the gardening experience with you can be one of the greatest gifts that you can offer them. The lessons that they will gain are endless.

Children are naturally curious and eager to get their hands dirty, making a garden a natural choice for a place to learn about the life cycle of plants, become environmentally aware, and feel empowered to create and grow their own food.

Not only can gardening be a great place to learn, it can also develop a special bond between you and your children. Let’s take a look into the incredible benefits of gardening with your children and some addition tips and activities that will make partnering with them easy and fun.

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18 Tips to Help You Grow Incredible Cucumbers

18 Tips to Help You Grow Incredible Cucumbers

{Includes Cucumber Salsa Recipe}

There is nothing like slicing up a nice, crisp cucumber right out of your own backyard. Cucumbers are a favorite for many gardens for good reason. Their ease of growing and the amazing taste they produce make them a fun addition to any home garden. Cucumbers are great added to pasta dishes, salads, juiced, pickled or eaten just plain.

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Organic Basil: Everything You Need to Know

Organic Basil: Everything You Need to Know

Includes the Best Pesto Pasta Recipe Ever

Basil can arguably be one of the best herbs to grow in your home garden. The amazing earthy aroma and sweet taste make it a stable for many dishes. Basil can be used in tomato sauces, teas, on sandwiches, or to make incredible pesto to eat as a dip for your veggies or poured over noodles.

If you have used basil in the past, you might have bought a plant from the store. An organic basil plant can cost anywhere between $4-$6 for just one plant. While that might work if you just use a basil leaf here or there, but what if you are planning to make your own pesto? Just one plant is just not going to cut it. Pesto is so easy and tastes so much better homemade, who wouldn’t want to make their own?

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Everything You Need to Know to Grow Organic Strawberries

Organic strawberries

Imagine each morning walking out your door to pick bowls full of ripe, juicy, red strawberries. Having strawberries in your home garden can be such a fun and tasty addition. The ease of growing strawberries makes them a great choice even for the new gardener. Strawberries are great in salads, jams, pies, or eaten plain.

Here is everything you need to know to grow bountiful amounts of organic strawberries.

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6 Benefits to Starting Your Garden from Seeds

Benefits to Starting Your Garden from Seeds

When the warm weather starts coming, it’s hard not to get excited about getting outside and starting your garden. One of the first things you might think to do is to run to a local nursery and buy your favorite vegetable plants. Starting a garden by buying plants might seem like the easiest way to go, however, starting vegetables from seeds is a lot easier than one might think. The benefits can help give you a long and healthy garden throughout the season.

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