Harvesting, Freezing and Storing Winter Squash

The most popular winter squash next to pumpkins, is butternut squash. But when it comes to winter squash, gardeners have a wealth of selections to choose from. The squash family is huge. Audio Article – Winter Squash:  All types of winter squash belong in the Cucurbitaceae family, the same family as cucumbers, watermelon and summer … Read more

Can You Freeze Cucumbers?

Can you freeze cucumbers? That’s what we wanted to know too, so we did what you’re doing now: asked, researched and tried it! It’s that time of year when cucumbers are coming out of our ears! I’m not complaining though… we’re delighted! But we’re looking for more ways to enjoy—and preserve—our cucumber harvest. We already … Read more

Fuyu Persimmons – the Best Tasting Persimmons to Grow

best persimmons, fuyu persimmon

But wait… persimmons Taste Awful, Right..? Yes and no. We’ll sort that out here. Bottom line? The fuyu persimmon is the best tasting persimmons to grow, and the most resilient! Not only is the fuyu persimmon tree a strong growing tree, but the fuyu persimmon fruit is large, very sturdy, long lasting and incredibly delicious. … Read more

Benefits of White Vinegar for Flowers, Ants, Mosquito Bites and Weeds

There are many benefits of white vinegar… but contrary to popular organic garden lore, don’t use it on the weeds!! From homemade insect repellent and mosquito bite remedy to cleaning and getting rid of ants, there are many benefits of white vinegar as an essential home and garden staple. However… Don’t use acetic acid for … Read more

Saving and Storing Seeds for Best Results

saving seeds, seed storage

Have you ever inherited garden seeds? Carefully opened a packet of seeds placed reverently in your hands by a family member or friend? Some gardens seeds are actually considered family heirlooms carefully selected for their superior qualities, and are passed down through generations. Saving and storing seeds is an art and tradition. Seeds are like … Read more

Permaculture Natural Gardening with Permaculture Methods

Natural gardening and back to Eden.

Permaculture Natural Gardening “Permaculture is a philosophy of working with, rather than against nature; of protracted & thoughtful observation rather than protracted & thoughtless labour; of looking at plants & animals in all their functions, rather than treating any area as a single-product system.” Bill Mollison1)http://www.permaculture.net/about/definitions.htmlFollowing Mother Nature’s lead using the principles of permaculture natural gardening just … Read more

The Gardening Business for Backyard Growers

Put Your Backyard to Work for You Have you ever thought of making some extra cash from your yard garden? For backyard growers, it’s good to know that you can actually earn money by doing what you love: planting, gardening and growing! Sure… chances are slim that you will get wealthy from gardening and selling produce … Read more

Treat Powdery Mildew on Plants

Yuk! What’s that white stuff on the leaves? If your plants have been attacked by powdery mildew, you know the frustration and challenge of this garden nemesis.  White powdery mildew is a fairly common problem, so if you haven’t yet encountered it, that’s great, but file this away, just in case. You can have vibrant green leafed … Read more

Chili Pepper Art and a Sad Story Made Glad Through Gardening

Colorful Chili Peppers, Pepper Plant

Chili Peppers for Function, Food and Beauty If you love peppers and hot sauce, you’re not alone. Many people are big fans of hot chili peppers, from connoisseurs who swear they can tell a difference in the numerous types to those who go for the hottest of the hot and like to burn holes in … Read more

Best LED Grow Lights and Other Favorites

Gardeners Get Addicted to Gardening… …to having fresh food readily available. Once you’re used to fresh from the garden, to buy packaged, canned or frozen food is never the same and even the fresh produce is not as fresh as from your garden. It’s just never as good. For people who love the idea of growing their … Read more