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.
Nothing smells like spring and summer quite like the amazing aroma of a lilac bush. Their incredible sent can be smelled from a distance and is a must have for any home landscaping. If you don’t have this amazing bush, you are in for a treat. There is a special sentimental value that is a favorite for mothers and grandmothers and that can even be passed down from generation to generation. In addition, if you looking for ways to attract beautiful butterflies, a lilac bush will do the trick.
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.
Have you felt overwhelmed by the idea of landscaping your yard?
Knowing how to handle all the different spaces can be difficult, especially when you are a newbie to gardening and landscaping. Having an easy, yet beautiful plant that is hardy can be the key to a beautiful backyard. Look no further for a low-maintenance, stunning, but super easy plant then the hosta.
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.
Have you ever wondered what to do with the cut off greens of strawberries, or the core of an apple? Or ever wonder if there is another option for your fall leaves other than bagging them up and maybe even spending money to have your city pick them up? Composting might be the answer for you.
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.