3 Tips for a Better Garden This Year

I often recall spending time on my grandparents’ farm in rural Missouri, and my grandfather’s meticulous garden - sitting in the porch swing snapping green beans, shucking sweet corn, and running through the mud barefoot during the routine watering. Now that I’m older, I realize how much work was put into reaching the wonderful end result. You probably have a handle on the basics of gardening - pull the weeds, give them a home with lots of sunlight & water, and keep the bugs away. Simple science, right? But aside from the essentials, there are many tips and tricks that will help get the bountiful harvest you’re hoping for. Here are a few that may help you obtain the best harvest possible.

In Gardening, Landscaping, Farming, Yard, Planting, Vegetables, Seeds

Straw Bale Gardening in 4 Easy Steps

With little effort and expense, you can have your own garden growing from bales of straw. (BIG keyword there: straw works best, not hay! More on the difference
here.) This method works well for those with limited gardening space or poor soil conditions and eliminates most of the tough back-work "normal" gardening requires.
In Gardening, Agriculture, Farming, Food, Planting, Flowers, Vegetables

A Beginner’s Guide to Growing Plants from Seed-Part I

Mindy McIntosh-Shetter AKA Mindar the gardening gnome and guest blogger is back! Mindy has a graduate degree in Agriculture Education from Purdue University and is presently finishing her Masters from the University of Louisville in Environmental Education and Urban Planning. She shares with us below how to start your own seedlings.

In Gardening, Seedlings, Planting, Vegetables, Seeds