As you watch your beautiful summer garden slowly come to a close as the cool crisp fall air comes in, you might be wondering if there is any possible way to preserve those summer vegetable favorites that you worked so hard to cultivate.
There is nothing like fresh, home garden grown cucumbers, pepper, and tomatoes and the thought of having them throughout the winter is compelling not to mention that continuing to grow your own vegetables is a great way to supplement your budget and your diet.
We are here to share with you some great news. With the right lighting, container, and space, you can continue to grow many different vegetables and herbs.
If you are looking for a fun fall activity then visiting your local apple orchard is a must. This past weekend, my family and I visited The McIntosh Orchard in beautiful South Haven, Michigan. With the apple blossom being the state flower, Michigan is a state that is sure to produce some amazing apples. The orchard hosted row after row of ripe, crisp, juicy apples. The children ran up and down each isle of apple trees, picking apples and placing them into big wooden barrels to be weighed and brought home.
Root vegetables are likely be one of the most underrated categories of vegetables for home gardeners. While most home gardens are filled with the typical tomato and cucumber plants, you might have a harder time finding gardens filled with rutabaga and turnips. The main reason might be that they can be intimidating. Unless you are accustomed to growing up eating dandelion root, you might just write it off as a weed and miss all the amazing benefits that make up this great veggie.
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.
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.
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.
If you have ever used lavender, you know the powerful impact that it can have. The strong fragrance alone seems to relax and soothe on the spot. Knowing how to plant, grow, and harvest your lavender plant will make this plant a must have in your home garden.
Lavender has so many different uses from oils, vinegars, teas, drinks, culinary purposes, and even decorative wreaths. Deciding how you want to use your lavender will help you decide which plant to grow in your garden.
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?
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.