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Little White Things In Plant Soil (8 ways to get rid of pests)
Let’s say you were enjoying your day and suddenly spot little white things in the plant-soil! You can’t believe your[...]
How Do I Get Rid Of Slugs Naturally (6 tried & tested methods)
Gardeners often ask, “How do I get rid of slugs naturally?” since chemical slug killers aren’t just damaging to the[...]
How To Keep Slugs Out Of Your Garden (including the 3 most reliable ways)
Have you been wondering how to keep slugs out of your garden lately? You’re not alone since slugs and snails[...]
How To Keep Slugs From Strawberries
Have you been wondering how to keep slugs from strawberries lately? It can be heartbreaking to find out that the[...]
How To Tell When To Pick Cucumbers (3 specific ways)
Cucumbers make delicious treats for the summers, but do you know how to tell when to pick cucumbers? You can’t[...]
When To Move Cucumbers Outside? (and how to harden them off)
Cucumbers grow vigorously through summer, & produce loads of juicy fruits--but you need to know exactly when to move cucumbers[...]
How To Transplant Cucumbers (plus 3 tricks)
Cucumbers tend to be sensitive and borderline dramatic when it comes to being transplanted. They like to die, and we[...]
Will frost kill cucumber plants (plus 3 ways to protect them)
Cucumbers are a tasty garden vegetable, but they’re a warm weather crop and are sensitive to cold. Frost can cause[...]
How Deep to Plant Cucumber Seedlings? (2 methods)
Cucumbers, with their winning sweetness and crunchiness combo, are a great addition to any vegetable garden. One of the first[...]
Why Does My Soil Smell? (plus 3 weird tricks to make soil smell better)
Gardeners often ask, “Why does my soil smell?” Fresh soil gives off a pleasant, earthy smell. But if the dirt[...]
How Many Cucumbers Can One Plant Produce? (plus, 1 trick to grow more)
Growing and harvesting cucumbers can be extremely gratifying. With plenty of water and warmth, these easy-to-care-for plants will yield huge[...]
Why Are My Little Cucumbers Dying?
Cucumbers are delicious little fruits who are well known for being quite easy to grow! But why then are my[...]
How Far Apart To Plant Cucumbers And Tomatoes
When planting a spring garden, many gardeners wonder how far apart to plant cucumbers and tomatoes for healthy growth and[...]
Top Soil for Houseplants: 4 common problems & which soil to use
When it comes to caring for your houseplants, you may wonder what kind of soil you can and should use[...]
How To Grow Burpless Bush Cucumbers
Whether you are growing them for salads or for pickles, it’s worth learning how to grow burpless bush cucumbers before[...]
LED Lights Fire
Light Emitting Diode (LED) bulbs are quickly gaining popularity at homes, restaurants, streets, and offices. The bulbs produce light more[...]
What to put under raised beds
If you have raised beds in your garden, you’ll eventually be faced with the decision of what to put under[...]
How to grow English cucumber from seed
Cucumbers are one of the most popular garden vegetables. And growing cucumbers from seed is a rewarding experience that can[...]
Best Soil For Indoor Herbs
So you are thinking about starting an indoor herb garden, but have you picked the best soil for indoor herbs[...]
Is Cooking Oil Bad For Soil?
Though an indispensable ingredient in every kitchen, is cooking oil bad for soil? While you can't imagine cooking without oil,[...]
Build Your Own Grow Light
Growing plants indoors requires a grow light, but it doesn't need to be expensive. In this blog post, we'll show[...]
Are Soil Meters Accurate?
Have you ever wondered about the pH of your soil? What about the moisture level? If you have, you likely[...]
Can I Use Miracle-Gro Garden Soil In Pots?
For setting up a container garden, lots of people want to know, “Can I use Miracle-Gro garden soil in pots?”[...]
Heirloom Tomato Plant Not Producing Fruit
Why is my heirloom tomato plant not producing fruit? This is a common question that bothers growers. While it's natural[...]
Should I take yellow leaves off plant?
When your green plants turn yellow, the question arises: should I take these yellow leaves off my plant? In gardening,[...]
Can You Grow Tomatoes In South Florida?
The extreme heat & humidity might make you wonder if it's possible to grow tomatoes in South Florida, but savvy[...]
Why are my tomato seedlings not growing?
Starting tomato seedlings in spring is easy to do and it can take up to 8 weeks for them to[...]
Do Tomato Seeds Need To Be Dried Before Planting?
Tomatoes are one of the most popular garden vegetables. But, since tomatoes are harvested in late summer, gardeners have to[...]
How Many Tomato Plants in a Square Foot Garden?
Tomatoes are easily the most popular summer vegetable, and as a gardener, you’re probably eager to get an early start.[...]
How Long Does It Take For Tomato To Grow?
Tomatoes are probably the most popular vegetable grown in gardens. That’s probably no surprise, since they’re delicious, versatile, and easy[...]
How to Keep Tomatoes Alive Over Winter?
Has the weather turned colder--or maybe even had the first frost? That's when I start thinking about how to keep[...]
Can I plant fresh tomato seeds?
Planting fresh tomato seeds is possible, and it just might be your next gardening adventure. Tomatoes are extremely popular fruits[...]
How Many Tomatoes Can 1 Plant Produce?
As soon as healthy new tomato plants appear in your spring vegetable garden, you’ll start imagining what the fall harvest[...]
How Long Will Tomato Plants Produce?
In spring, you might find last year’s tomato plants coming back with new growth--surprise! Or, in early fall when temperature[...]
Why are My Seedlings Turning Yellow?
Starting seedlings--whether during spring or any time of year--is exciting. Those little seedlings hold the possibility of a productive garden[...]
How do you tell if a ballast is going bad?
If you’re using fluorescent grow lights, you might find that the lights can be finicky. Fluorescent grow lights--like all fluorescent[...]
Is 40 Degrees At Night Too Cold For Tomatoes?
It's hard to find a vegetable garden without tomato plants. Tomatoes like full sun, fertile soil, & warm temperatures to[...]
Are Tomatoes Toxic To Horses?
When you’ve got horses, it's always good to learn what kind of plants you can grow around them and which[...]
Can Goats Eat Tomato Plants?
Being a homesteader is a full-time job in itself. Taking care of your crops and livestock and making sure they[...]
How Much Sunlight Do Tomato Seedlings Need?
Growing tomatoes is an excellent idea to keep your kitchen loaded with fresh, organic tomatoes. But how much sunlight do[...]
Are Tomato Plants Poisonous To Rabbits?
Rabbits in your garden! Sure, rabbits are cute, but in your garden, it’s not just the harvest that's at stake[...]
Can Plants Grow With Artificial Light?
Whether you have a green thumb or this is your first garden, you should consider where it can get light.[...]
Can You Grow Anything With Hydroponics?
Hydroponics is a unique and attractive technique to grow crops without soil, but can you grow anything with hydroponics? Selecting[...]
How Many Watts for Seedling Grow Lights?
Growing seedlings is a great way to jump-start your outdoor garden. One of the challenges to indoor growing is making[...]
Can Rosemary Grow in the Shade?
A herb that is commonly used in many cooking recipes, rosemary seems like one of the perfect plants for your[...]
Can Plants Grow Without Sunlight?
Whether you live in a cloudy region or want to grow an indoor garden, you probably realize that you need[...]
Are LED Lights Safe for Cats?
Cats are curious--and sometimes mischievous--creatures, and as LED lights become more common, it’s natural to wonder whether LEDs are safe[...]
How Long Should You Leave Grow Lights On?
Using a grow light can be an excellent option for people without access to an outdoor garden. You can still[...]
Can You Grow Vegetables With Grow Lights?
If you want to grow vegetables, you may worry if you have the best conditions for growing them, but you[...]
Can Regular LED Lights Be Used As Grow Lights?
You want to give your indoor plants a boost, but it seems silly to buy expensive plant lights if regular[...]
HPS Distance From Seedlings
Among all the options for grow lights, high-pressure sodium (HPS) are commonly used, mainly to encourage flowering and/or setting fruit.[...]
Hydroponics overview
What is hydroponics? What are different hydroponics systems? Hydroponics has the potential to change the way we grow food. Increasingly,[...]
Can plants grow without water?
All growers at some point have to deal with water shortages. Whether it’s through drought, a shorter dry spell without[...]
Companion Planting
Nearly every garden has more than one kind of plant--but do all those different plants get along well together? Do[...]
Is Oak Good for Raised Beds?
OK, so you’re going to make some raised beds, and might be wondering: is oak good for raised beds? And[...]
How Many Tomato Plants in a 4×4 Raised Bed?
Tomatoes are probably the most commonly grown vegetable for home growers. When I planted full-size & cherry tomatoes in my[...]
Can You Grow Plants in Cinder Blocks?
Cinder blocks are one of the most common things you see, but for the most part, they’re never used for[...]
How to Make Compost
Did you know there’s a way to cut back on your trash and feed your plants at the same time?[...]
Pine for raised beds
Besides gardening, I’m also a woodworker, so when I started planning my raised beds, I looked into what kinds of[...]
Pros and Cons of Cinder Block Raised Beds
When you’re thinking of building a raised bed, you’ve got a lot of choices for materials. But which should you[...]
Is Plywood Safe for Raised Beds?
You’re planning on building some raised garden beds, and are thinking of using some plywood to build them. Maybe you’ve[...]
Cinder Block vs. Wood Raised Bed
Raised beds are a simple way to make backyard gardening easier, more accessible, & work the soil earlier in the[...]
Alternatives to Pressure-Treated Lumber for Raised Beds
Pressure-treated lumber for raised beds can seem like a good idea, given its relatively low cost & durability. However, it’s[...]
Can I Use Douglas Fir for Raised Beds?
The desire for local fresh food has given a boost to the practice of home gardens, and raised beds are[...]
Cheapest Way to Fill Raised Beds
The cost of soil to fill raised beds can add up pretty quickly. Fortunately, there are ways to reduce the[...]
How Far Apart to Plant Tomatoes
Growing tomatoes in a raised garden bed is a great idea. Raised beds help get plants off the ground a[...]
Epsom Salts in the Garden
‘Epsom salts will make your tomatoes grow! They’ll cure any fungus, parasite, or bug. You’ll harvest squash twice as big!’[...]
Nature Gardening
​Exploring the world of nature gardening can be a game changer. Traditional wisdom around garden planning and maintenance gets turned[...]
Automatic Watering
Is there anything plants need more than water? Sure, they need light, too, but the sun has a well-established history[...]
How to Grow Sweet Potatoes
It’s no surprise that growing sweet potatoes is so popular with their long-storied history. Whether it be their origins placing[...]
Vertical Gardening: the Ultimate Guide
If you’re thinking of trying out a new garden design, you may have heard of vertical gardening. This design has[...]
How to Grow Brussels Sprouts
Brussels sprouts have an undeserved reputation at the kitchen table, but are delicious, packed with health benefits. And for gardeners,[...]
How to Grow Sage
Sage is an easy plant to grow, has many culinary uses, and is an attractive ornamental plant. Sage is more[...]
Coffee Grounds in the Garden
​Using coffee grounds in the garden is an appealing idea, and a quick Google search will bring up many hits.[...]
How to Grow Potatoes
Imagine a dystopia where you can only grow one type of plant for the rest of your life. It’s tragic,[...]
Indoor Greenhouses with Grow Lights
​Simply put, plants really only need two things to live: water and light. But when it comes to bringing your[...]
Polycarbonate Panels for a Greenhouse
​As the seasons are changing, you may be thinking about building or improving upon an already existing greenhouse. There are[...]
Beer in the Garden: The Definitive Guide
For most people, the primary use of beer in the garden is to enjoy it. Whether or not you have[...]
KY Hardiness Zone
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Hardiness Zone Scale is something most successful gardeners are aware of, and you[...]
How to grow more tomatoes
How to grow more tomatoes per plant is a question many gardeners ask. You’re travelling a well-trodden path, & there’s[...]
Mini Indoor Greenhouse
For many of us, when we think of greenhouses, we think of going into huge nurseries to pick out plants[...]
How to Use a Greenhouse
A greenhouse can be the key to taking your gardening to the next level. But where to start? At first,[...]
Transplanting plants: reasons, methods, & examples
At some point, every grower needs to pull up roots--meaning, you've got to transplant something. Maybe it's tomato seedlings, or[...]
Winter Gardening: the master guide
Winter gardening--for many of us, those words don’t seem to go together. For example, in northern Ontario, winter is a[...]
How Often to Water an Orchid?
Orchids are popular, partly because they're beautiful & interesting, but also because most kinds sold in stores are fairly easy[...]
Egg planting
Eggs and eggshells can be used for a variety of purposes in the garden. Many gardeners don't realize that they[...]
The Definitive Guide to Creating an Indoor Greenhouse
If you’re looking to create a home to protect your fruits, veggies, flowers and everything else, but lack the yard[...]
Bee garden how-to: the Complete Guide
Let’s face it, there’s probably a long list of bugs that you’d prefer not to keep around, but bees shouldn’t[...]
Cuttings: How to propagate your favorite plants
When it comes to plant propagation, the mind immediately goes to planting seeds, watering the soil, and watching their gradual[...]
Pandorea Jasminoides: the vine Pandora would Love
Pandorea jasminoides, or the bower vine: you might've guessed its name comes from the Greek godess Pandora, but you might[...]
How to Grow Baby Potatoes
Potatoes are a way of life for many gardeners. Nothing beats the taste of fresh, succulent young potatoes with garden-grown[...]
How to Lower Soil pH
​Biology and gardening go hand-in-hand, but everybody forgets about chemistry, the group’s awkward third wheel. Not this time, though, because[...]
How To Grow Bleeding Hearts
Whether you've got a green or black thumb, bleeding hearts are easy to grow. Besides, it's got a really unusual[...]
How to Get Rid of Mold in a Greenhouse
Between light and temperature changes and unwanted pests, a well-built greenhouse is the best way to protect your plants from[...]
Growing Spirulina
Spirulina--a type of algae--is rich in protein, vitamins, and antioxidants--some folks call it the “best food for the future.” A[...]
Hydroponics vs. Soil
Hydroponics can seem like a strange & futuristic way of gardening. Don’t let the oddities scare you--hydroponics has shown some[...]
How to Grow Kale
Kale is an easy and rewarding vegetable to grow in your home garden. With a little know-how you'll soon be[...]
How to Grow Loofah (Luffa)
You might think you know what a loofah is--that brightly colored, perpetually wet, plastic soap scrubbie dangling in your upstairs[...]
How To Grow Garlic Indoors
Many people like to grow garlic not only because it's useful but also because it’s easy to grow--even indoors. Growing[...]
How To Clean a Polycarbonate Greenhouse
When I noticed the walls of my greenhouse covered in a thin layer of grime last week, I realized it[...]
Growing Sunflowers in Pots
I’ve always loved the bright colors of a sunflower field and how the plants seem to wake up each day[...]
Best Vegetables to Grow in a Greenhouse
With so many choices, it's hard to decide what to grow. And for a greenhouse, you need to take into[...]
How to Pollinate Indoor Plants
When you’re buying a nice assortment of plants to grow indoors, you'll need to know how to pollinate them. Having[...]
How to Propagate Orchids
Orchids are one of the most rewarding plants to grow. But they do require some special know-how, patience, and handling[...]
How to Grow Pumpkins
Whether you’re a first time- or veteran-gardener, growing pumpkins is a superb choice. From determining the right location and soil,[...]
How to Grow Orchids in a Greenhouse
Growing orchids in a greenhouse allows one to effectively regulate the conditions in which their plants live. All the equipment[...]
What Type of Soil is Best for Tomatoes?
Choosing the best type of soil for tomatoes to grow is one of the single most important things you can[...]
How to Cool A Greenhouse Without Electricity
Temperatures get steamy during the dog days of summer. Without proper cooling, your vulnerable greenhouse plants will soon become shriveled[...]
How to Grow Lavender Indoors
There are a lot of reasons you should grow lavender indoors. For one, it's admired for its pleasant scent, but[...]
What temperature is too hot for a greenhouse?
Too much heat--especially during the height of summer--is one of the most common problems for greenhouse growers. But, depending on[...]
How to Use a Seedling Heat Mat
There are many handy tools you can incorporate into your year-round greenhouse, and these advances are only increasing as greenhouse[...]
What Percentage Shade Cloth Should I Use?
Choosing the right percentage shade cloth for your garden can seem complicated. But shade cloths are actually pretty straightforward. Shade[...]
Best Way To Clean A Greenhouse
Granted, cleaning your greenhouse might not be as exciting as planting your next crop of seedlings, but a clean greenhouse[...]
Small Solar Heater For Greenhouse?
Gardeners are always looking for new ways to heat their greenhouse, and one of the best ways is to use[...]
How Warm Does a Greenhouse Get in Winter
Greenhouses are awesome for harvesting fresh fruits and vegetables for your family year round. However, winter weather can damage veggies[...]
How to Keep a Greenhouse Cool
Last summer, I had several problems with my greenhouse overheating. I decided to be more prepared for this growing season,[...]
Do you need planning permits for a greenhouse?
If you’re thinking about building a greenhouse, you likely have some idea of what you want it to look like,[...]
How Far Away Should LED Grow Lights Be From Plants
Lots more growers are starting to use grow lights, especially LED grow lights, but there's a lot of confusion about[...]
Gardening in Winter using Raised Beds in a Greenhouse
While talking with a friend the other day, they asked why I wasn’t using raised beds in my greenhouse. After[...]
How much sun does a greenhouse need?
Last summer, I visited my aunt, who happens to have a greenhouse, and her greenhouse is in a full-sun area[...]
How Often Should You Change The Water In A Hydroponic System
Hydroponics can be a tricky business. Without soil & sunlight doing the heavy lifting, all the responsibility for your plants’[...]
Building a Cattle Panel Greenhouse
If you’re looking to build a greenhouse, deciding which materials to use is one of the biggest decisions you’ll make.[...]
How to heat a greenhouse without electricity
If you're like a lot of greenhouse growers, you want to extend the growing season, late into fall, early in[...]
How Long Does It Take for a Cucumber to Grow?
Cucumbers are a unique species of plant in part because they're easy to grow. Despite tasting delicious and being packed[...]
When to Transplant Seedlings from Seed Tray
It’s very rewarding to raise your fruits, vegetables, and herbs from infancy by starting them inside in a seed tray[...]
How Old Should Seedlings Be Before Using Nutrients
A common question gardeners ask is whether to use supplemental nutrients, and if so, when & what nutrients to use.[...]
How to Grow Saffron
Growing your own spices can be very rewarding, but many don’t know where to even begin. The spice “Saffron” is[...]
How to Plant Onion Sets
If you’re figuring out what kinds of vegetables you want to grow in your greenhouse, onions are a great addition.[...]
Do LED Grow Lights Work?
Many people want to grow their own plants; it’s a great way to save money on vegetables and it’s always[...]
Do plants grow better in water or soil?
If you're building, expanding, or thinking about building a greenhouse, you may be wondering about the benefits of growing in[...]
Do plants grow better in sunlight or artificial light?
As a gardener, it can be difficult to find enough sunlight for your plants to grow successfully, especially during the[...]
Does The Color Of Light Affect Plant Growth
Once you start growing vegetables & other plants, you might wonder how to make them grow better. A common question[...]
Can You Grow Vegetables Year Round in a Greenhouse?
As the seasons change, those of us who are new to greenhouse gardening may have questions about what growing vegetables[...]
How To Heat A Greenhouse In Winter For Free
Heating your greenhouse in the winter can be tricky and expensive. While there are some plants that will be impractical[...]
How to Build a Hoop Greenhouse
As an avid gardener, and a hopeful future homesteader, I've been doing extensive research as to how to build an[...]
How To Grow Tomatoes In A Greenhouse
Tomatoes are delicious and will flourish in a greenhouse. They require a bit more care than some of the herbs[...]
How To Insulate A Greenhouse
Insulating your greenhouse is the best way to keep your plants warm during colder months and freezing nights. Without insulation,[...]
How To Build A Small Greenhouse With PVC Pipe
For most people, building a greenhouse can seem overwhelming. But by using PVC pipe, anyone--with simple tools and a few[...]
How To Make An Indoor Greenhouse For Your Apartment
OK, so maybe you don’t have a yard--but you still want to make a tiny greenhouse, maybe for your apartment.[...]