Top Tools we use for Yard and Garden

Favorite garden tools at the ready

If you like geeking out on garden gadgets, then you might enjoy perusing some of our favorites. These top tools are items we use regularly… including one plant we’re actually using as a tool and more! Please let us know your faves and we’ll add them to this list (or a new one; as this … Read more

Garden Newsletter: Is It Too Late to Plant in June?

You can shade with home made devices as well. We’ve used old window screens still in the frame and fiberglass screen right off the roll. Allow enough space below for air to circulate. A good thick layer of mulch around the plants will help-we prefer wood chips or straw. Planting certain crops where they'll receive partial shade naturally works too.

Is It Too Late to Plant in June? Not by our reckoning or that of our Garden Planner app.  We’ve planted beets, tomatillos, squash, flowers, peppers, eggplants, and cucamelons (Mexican Sour Gherkins). We’ve seeded arugula, okra, and red orach. Today, we’ll be planting more eggplant, cucumbers, and peppers, and seeding in lettuces under the shade … Read more

Best Air Cookers for oil-free cooking – Are they worth it?

Air Fryer, Oil-Less Cooker or Air Cooker? Though the names are used interchangeably, we think “Air Cooker” is the most descriptive term because these oil-less cookers don’t only “fry” foods… nor are they only “oil less”. They also cook foods similar to a roaster depending on the recipe and the settings you use. Whatever name you … Read more

Best Food Dehydrators for Drying Your Garden Harvest

Humans have been preserving food for eons. Since before 12,000 B.C. according to archaeological findings. Ancient humans preserved food through sun and wind in temperate climates and through freezing in colder climates. Canning, which is the most common preservation method of our times, is the most modern method of food preservation.1)http://nchfp.uga.edu/publications/nchfp/factsheets/food_pres_hist.html Adibatic is the term for … Read more

Indoor Greenhouse Garden for Seed Starting and More

We’ve been pouring through all the seed catalogs to see what new vegetables we’d like to try this coming growing season. We’re in zone 7a, and it’s getting close to time to start setting up our seed flats. Santa brought me the #1 thing on my wishlist: an indoor greenhouse and I’ve been playing around with it … Read more

Home Freeze Dryer – Preserving Food for Long Term Storage

Lyophilization That’s what it’s called when you freeze dry something. When it comes to food, it’s the ultimate food preservation and storage option. The ultimate food preservation and storage solution. While working on an article on food dehydration, we found our way into the realm of freeze drying food. A GardensAll community member and contributing writer, Kathie … Read more

Best Picnic Tables for Summer Fun

Lifetime brand picnic table

Few things say summer like picnic tables and picnics. Picnic tables are a slice of American summer nostalgia, topped with plates of grilled hot dogs, hamburgers—with all the toppings—potato salad and watermelon. There’s just something about a picnic table that invites a hangout. Perhaps it’s the memories… perhaps it’s how the backless bench seat invites … Read more