Organic Herb Gardening

How to Harvest Annual and Perennial Herbs

How to Harvest Annual and Perennial Herbs

So you’ve been growing herbs and now it’s time for a big, end-of-summer harvest. You watched our new video where Tricia shows you how to harvest and preserve herbs—and she says that you should use different techniques for annual and perennial herbs....

Mulch in Your Vegetable Garden—Beyond the Basics

Mulch in Your Vegetable Garden—Beyond the Basics

Everyone tells you to mulch your vegetable garden—but exactly how should you choose a mulch? In this post, Tricia shows you the basics of mulching. What’s the difference between compost and mulch? That was a trick question. You can use compost as...

Plant a Victorian Talking Garden

Plant a Victorian Talking Garden

Cultures have given meaning to herbs, flowers, and other plants since ancient times.  These symbolic meanings became particularly well developed and socially important during the Victorian era.  During this time, the language of flowers was formalized and published in many books of...

Get A Head Start in Your Summer Garden

Get A Head Start in Your Summer Garden

Dreaming of summer melons, cucumbers, peppers or tomatoes? Many of us are getting impatient and want to start working in the garden and getting our hands dirty! Well good news, there are a lot of ways to get your seedlings going for...

Tips for Germinating Hard-to-Start Seeds

Tips for Germinating Hard-to-Start Seeds

Sometimes we all need a helping hand! If your favorite seeds are in the “hard-to-start” category, we have tips for you on techniques to give them a hand and get growing. The three basic methods for “encouraging” the hard-to-start seeds to germinate...

Echinacea for Every Garden

Echinacea for Every Garden

Echinacea is an easy native to add to your water wise garden. Both E.purpurea (Purple Coneflower) and E.angustifolia (Black Simpson Coneflower) are well known for their traditional use as a medicinal plant. A thousand-year-old remedy Echinacea is native to much of North...

Seed Saving Guidelines

Seed Saving Guidelines

Seed saving is a great way to carry on your favorite tomato or pepper to your garden next season. To do this correctly, some planning before planting is critical to a successful crop in the future. The best seeds to save are...

Perk up, plants!

Perk up, plants!

The dog days of summer are upon us! The mercury is climbing, and the veggies are drooping. But don’t get out that watering can just yet! As tempting as it is to turn on the irrigation, those wilting leaves don’t always mean...

Deer-Resistant Edibles for Your Garden

Deer-Resistant Edibles for Your Garden

Here’s the thing about edible gardening—deer agree with us most of the time on what’s edible. The good, and rather surprising, news is that we eat some herbs, vegetables and berries the deer aren’t so crazy about. Keep in mind there is...

Herbs for Your Spiral Garden

Herbs for Your Spiral Garden

Without an herb garden, I doubt I would be able to cook a meal. Nothing adds more flavor to a meal than freshly harvested herbs. By the way, I just tried this zipstripper to help harvest the leaves of some of my...