It’s almost summer! I’ve been looking forward to the end of April since I started my tomatoes indoors and I couldn’t wait to set them out and see them grow into giant vines with lots of fresh, juicy tomatoes. Now it’s finally time for them to go out into the real plant world and I get to add one more experience to my gardening journey!
Potager gardens have been in fashion since the medieval times in Europe, as practical kitchen gardeners that provided homes, palaces, and even monasteries with fresh produce. As the gardens gained popularity in France, gardeners began to blend practical functionality with aesthetic beauty and the modern potager was born. Combining beautiful designs into a traditional vegetable garden, potagers, especially well-maintained ones, should ideally yield both produce and even decorative flowers. And designing one is almost more fun than planting!
Some gardeners, this one not included, abhor the early spring sight of dandelions all over their manicured garden beds and lawns. Homeowners everywhere consider them the unsightliest of weeds and will promptly spray them down with nasty weed killers before their flowers bloom and those countless seeds spread everywhere. Little do they know, they’re killing one of the best (and free!) sources of vitamins and minerals available anywhere!
Starting a garden can be overwhelming enough. From planning the area to amending the soil and picking the best variety for your area, there are too many things to do when all you can think of are the amazing harvests you want to be collecting as soon as possible! These 7 vegetables and herbs have been the easiest to grow for me as a beginner, so they make the perfect guinea pigs for a first try.
When I first started gardening last fall, I had no idea what NPK numbers were, let alone that plants need a healthy dose of fertilizer regularly to ensure they have access to the nutrients they need. It wasn’t until I started growing my tomatoes indoors this season that I found out even seedlings run out of nutrients in their pots! Now, as I enter my second season as a gardener I want to make sure my fertilizer schedule ensures that my garden thrives (save for the occasional pest) and that each plant I grow gets the nutrients it needs.
When I started gardening last year, my first point of reference was the Farmer’s Almanac. Their articles and planting guides are informative and easy to understand, but not overwhelming like many other gardening sites. As I explored the site I noticed their astronomy tab and their “Gardening by the Moon” section, which as far as I could tell just seemed like some traditional old-school way of growing crops. But does it actually work?
As much as I love cooking, sometimes it becomes a chore. It’s hard getting home from work and telling yourself you have to stand up for at least another half hour in front of a stove instead of crawling into bed like you want. It’s even worse if I have to tackle a pile of dishes afterwards. Thankfully, with the rise of interest in skillet meals, it’s never been easier to make something delicious, quickly, and with little to clean up! Here are my top 5 one-pan meals that I use on busy (or lazy) days.