gardening

How to Maintain a Vegetable Garden

This is a guest post from Angela Williams, founder of OutdoorGardenCare.com. Angela is an avid gardener, investing most of her free time in her garden. To visit her blog, click here.   An ornamental garden requires more care than a vegetable garden. Does this mean you should neglect your vegetable garden? Of course not! Any vegetable garden will be less forgiving if you opt to neglect it. If you neglect your garden, your veggies will spend more energy spreading, producing as many vegetables as possible, and may even flower after maturity. The frustrated vegetable plants will produce lower yields and…

Planning Your Vegetable Garden

It may be fall now, but spring will be here before we know it! Now is the perfect time to start planning next year’s garden. Tim over at YardandGardenGuru.com is guest posting this week, giving us tips and information on planning your vegetable garden. Be sure to check out his website for more helpful lawn and gardening advice! How to Plan Your Vegetable Garden Before you even purchase any seeds or touch your soil each spring, it’s important to remember that you will have more success in gardening if you PLAN your garden beforehand. Knowing…

Looking Back at My 2016 Garden

Being a gardener is a year by year experience. Here in the north, we judge our results in the fall after growing for only 5 months. Unfortunately, I didn’t get my plants and seeds into the ground until Memorial Day weekend, as it was incredibly rainy and cool in May. Being that I don’t have the space nor materials to grow seeds indoors late winter, I sow late in spring, and usually don’t have any issues. I thought posting some information here might help other midwestern gardeners or at least show that gardening isn…

Dealing with Squirrels in My Garden

Unlike most gardeners, I love squirrels. They’re adorable little critters and look cutest when they eat (with their little paws in front of their body while they sit up).  All winter and spring I made friends with my backyard squirrels after throwing bread and nuts out into my backyard. I even eventually got to a point where the squirrels would come to the door and wait for me to feed them. I loved it! I thought it was darling, but then again I’m also compassionate to all animals, big and small.   However, when it was…