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Facts and Fallacies About Edible Backyard Gardening

Suburban backyard gardener Greg Carbone has a special “taste” when it comes to gardening, and that’s growing his own fresh, organic produce. This New Jersey husband and father has spent a large chunk of his life in edible gardens and has been growing his own produce since he was old enough to walk. Backed by a lifetime of growing fruits, vegetables and herbs, Greg is here to reinforce some facts and dispel some fallacies about edible backyard gardening. FACT: Edible

7 Reasons Why You Should Let the Little Ones Garden

Gardening is a productive, rewarding, and fun activity for all ages. And when we say all ages, we mean it, kids included. In fact, for gardener and child care provider Christina Kamp, even infants can start gardening as soon as they can crawl. “I have children as young as one that can plant a seed with little or no help from me and do it correctly.” She’s a strong advocate in gardening as a learning tool that she even started

Getting Started with Graywater Gardening

Water is a precious resource that should be conserved. It should be used wisely in any season, but more so during summer when droughts make water shortage really apparent. But water conservation shouldn’t mean having to abandon your gardens. One efficient way to keep your plants watered is by resorting to graywater gardening. Graywater gardening means using waste water from your laundry, bathroom sink, and bathtub for watering your gardens and lawns. On the average, a family of four uses

Unusual Ice Cream Ideas from the Garden

Summer and gardening go hand and hand, as fruits and vegetables ripen beautifully on the vine, glistening in the morning dew. Homemade ice cream and sorbets featuring fruit are a welcome treat, especially when the fruits are homegrown as well. But have you ever considered the other stars of your garden—vegetables and herbs—for making ice cream? Before you cringe at the thought of veggie ice cream, remember how wonderful it is to bite into a crisp, juicy, freshly-harvested tomato. Remember

Gardening Jones and her Passion for Gardening

For master gardener Jeanne Kunz Hugenbruch, gardening is not just a solo activity she takes on in her own garden. It’s an activity she shares with the world through the valuable lessons and tips she shares on respected blog, Gardening Jones. GJ, as she is commonly known to her followers, started gardening thirty years ago to provide healthy food for her family. But as the passion and addiction to gardening grew, she couldn’t help but share all her learnings to

Ways to Decorate your Garden for Independence Day

Celebrating independence day shouldn’t be limited to barbecues and fireworks. Make your celebration more vibrant by dressing up your garden in patriotic colors and trimmings for the perfect Fourth of July party setting. Red, White, and Blue Flowers The best patriotic look your garden can sport is one where the actual plants are done up in red, white, and blue. Unlike other methods, this requires more planning and care, but it also has the strongest visual impact. To pull off

Four Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Date a Gardener

When it comes to dating, gardeners are absolutely the worst people to consider. Here are our top reasons why: They’ll make sure you’re well-fed. What is up with gardeners and produce? Do they think feeding you day in and day out with fresh, nutritious, and delicious fruits and vegetables is a good thing? These locally grown, in-season crops go straight from your garden to your table, making you miss out on the fun of driving to the grocery, picking from

Getting Started with Succulent Gardening

Even in the driest of seasons and the harshest of weather, succulents thrive beautifully, drawing upon the built-in reservoir of water within its leaves. Coupled with the ease with which it grows and how easy it is to propagate, you can see why it has become a very popular kind of plant among beginner and seasoned gardeners alike. These hardy plants are bold, brightly colored, and come in a variety of forms to suit every garden. With their distinctive shapes,

Tips for Efficient Drought Gardening

Droughts are a bane to everyone, more so on gardeners who rely on water to ensure the health of their plants. The lack of adequate water can dry up plants faster than you can say irrigation and weaken previously thriving plants. The damaging effects of a drought can spillover to other seasons, doing long-lasting damage on your trees and perennials long after the drought has passed. Add to that any guilt you may feel for “wasting” water on plants when

3 Unusual Summer Crops to Try

To a gardener, summer means corn, cucumber, melon, pepper, tomatoes. These summer garden staples are extra delicious, as if blessed by the ample sunshine. But this list is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to scrumptious summer crops. Devote a good part of your garden to these unusual crops. Who knows, you may find a new favorite plant. Tomatillos If you enjoy Mexican food, you’re probably familiar with the tomatillo, a tomato-like fruit that’s a staple in

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