Vegetable gardening is quickly becoming a very popular endeavor. The main reason why this activity is increasing in popularity is because it has the potential to assist you in saving money each year by reducing the amount of money that you spend on groceries; however, the success surrounding gardening to save money is highly dependent upon the costs that you incur in growing the crops that you choose to plant and the amount of vegetables that your crops yield. The ultimate goal should be to limit the costs that you incur while maximizing the overall yield of the plants contained in your garden. In this guide, you will be provided with productive tips that will help you save the maximum amount of money with your vegetable garden. The Size of Your Garden
Compost Tea – The Ultimate Ingredient to Saving Money and Growing a Perfect Garden If you want to save money and grow a perfect garden this spring, you should brew and utilize compost tea! While there are numerous composting ideas currently in circulation, the latest and greatest surround the use of compost tea. This type of tea is not only considered to be an effective natural-based fertilizer, but, it is low-strength. This means that, when used in your garden this spring, it is absolutely perfect for both seedlings and maturing plants. In addition to assisting in the growth process, it is highly effective in suppressing fungal-based diseases that have the potential to detrimentally impact your garden.
Would you like to eat organic foods, but your budget makes it difficult to do so? Making changes to how you obtain organic foods can put it all into balance. Here are 3 ways you can make it happen!
When I first discovered I was the new owner of a flock of chickens I nearly froze in my tracks. After all I was a city girl born and raised who knew absolutely nothing about chickens.
It’s not as simple as just getting together your old junk and throwing them in a big trash bin; there are various green protocols you should consider
Growing your own plants and herbs can be a very rewarding experience. Backyard plants can be used for cooking, cleaning, healing, beauty treatments, and more. Here are 10 plants and herbs that no backyard garden should be without.
Carefully selecting which seeds to grow in the garden will greatly enhance success. Here are some thoughts for you to consider.
Do YOU have city composting?
Denver’s city compost program continues, and how to get started with composting.
Let’s continue wrap-up this week! I don’t know about you, but everything is so gray and cold around here that I did a double take when I saw this tulip photo in my online album. Really? Those grow in MY garden? They will be back in just a few months? Whoo hoo!! So this selection of links is garden-themed. If you’re like our household (especially Mr. Cheap and Mlle. Cheap), the winter weather has you poring over garden catalogs. Mlle. Cheap has requested a garden of her own this year (after all, she’ll be 9 years old!) and has lofty plans. Cardoons, anyone?
Would you garden “through the magic of the computer”?
This year I’m celebrating the holidays with a “12 Days of Christmas” series on the abundances of our kitchen and garden. Share your experiences, too, and happy holidays! We’re in the home stretch! On the 11th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me … 11 pickled beets 10 cellared squashes 9 candied bacon strips 8 oranges’ peels, candied 7 dozen pounds of pork … and fat to render 6 farm-fresh eggs, 5 daikon pickled for banh mi, 4-some gallons of beer, 3 quarts of applesauce, 2 half-gallons of sauerkraut, and 1 quart of yogurt, homemade.
A local business publication, ColoradoBiz magazine, has been publishing a series online about a not-so-businesslike topic: Managing editor Mike Taylor ate only foods grown in his own garden for the month of August. The conclusion to his “urban locavore” experiment was published here this week. From that page, you can skim through the previous articles, too.
What do you know … just a couple of days after my post about ways to eliminate pests naturally (and resign yourself not to eliminating some “pests,” like spiders), Mother Earth News has this article titled “Learning to Like Spiders (or at least appreciate them).”
Keep pests out of the house naturally with these tips.
Yum! At long last, after several years, our cherry tree has grown big enough to grow a real batch of cherries. Naturally, I couldn’t wait to bake up a beautiful pie — and I got an extra job of figuring out what to do about the worms in some of the cherries. After doing some research, I learned that these aren’t actual worms. No, not to worry — they are grubs. You know, maggots.
If all has gone well, by the time you read this we are getting home from a camping trip this week. We picked camping for a less-expensive vacation getaway, giving us a chance to enjoy our beautiful state of Colorado.
Meanwhile, here are a few good links from last week …
The Rodale Institute, Organic Valley and Nature’s Path are running a great promotion for a FREE subscription to Organic Gardening magazine.
This morning’s newspaper delivery brought an interesting little article about urban homesteading in The Denver Post, titled “Green (1/8th) Acres sprout in the city.” With its “urban Gothic” photo, it caught my eye, and even more so when I realized that the female member of the profiled couple is in my knitting/spinning group. (She noted that the reporter didn’t write about her knitting, spinning and sewing her own clothes, all just as worthy of the “homestead” title as growing your own food.)
This week has been a busy one, and I can’t believe it’s already Friday! We are looking ahead to a fun weekend. I’m headed out for dinner and drinks with some friends I haven’t seen in ages (one just moved back to town), and Mlle. Cheap will be singing her heart out in a choir concert on Saturday afternoon. Plus, despite my garden protestations, we’ll be visiting the garden center to put a few plants in the ground, weather permitting. Meanwhile, here are some links to take you into the weekend.