My Food Pantry and Hoop House Garden Story

My Food Pantry and Hoop House Garden Story

I have a small hoop house right outside my house. I built because there is enough space on my lawn for my gardening activities and it has taken care of my plants very well throughout the year. My loop house is unheated and has been home to brassicas, greens, and onions until I decided to do some reorganization.
Since the space was full of greens, onions, and brassicas like broccoli and cabbage, I decide to move them all outside and into the non-shaded part of the garden. I did this because these kinds of plants can survive throughout the cold season as long as I will cover them with light-row covers.
After I moved the winter …

My Experience with Growing Kale, Escarole, and Spinach

My Experience with Growing Kale, Escarole, and Spinach

Most gardeners don’t utilize their backyard during the winter season because they don’t know what to grow. However, did you know that winter plants like spinach, kale, and escarole can actually do well in winter?  In my career as a garden writer, I have come to know that it is possible to grow cold-hardy crops as much as other crops.
Well, the secret lies in using winter tunnels. For instance, spinach does well during the cold season because it increases its sugar content in the vasculature and this serves as an anti-freeze to protect it.

Tips for Organizing and Storing Seed Packets

Tips for Organizing and Storing Seed Packets

Some gardening enthusiasts still have little to no knowledge about seeds, let alone seed packets. All they know is that it is something that you plant on the ground, and then it will grow into whatever plant that seed comes from. As a person who enjoys planting and owns a garden, I have learned a lot about seeds, plants, and growing them.
What most people don’t realize is that seeds have a long lifespan. Seeds can last for much more than a year. Impressively, most seeds can last ten years, and some can last even longer than that. In my case, I never throw out seed packets except for when they have stopped germinating.

Winter Gardening: How I Water My Winter Tunnels

Winter Gardening: How I Water My Winter Tunnels

Winter can be a difficult time to grow plants, especially those that can’t survive in the cold. For this reason, I had to be creative and use winter tunnels to continue my gardening hobby even during this unfavorable time.
Currently, I have planted winter greens like spinach, broccoli, arugula, kale, and escarole in my winter tunnels. These plants are tough and I knew they would do well in winter.
Last week, I decided to check up on my winter tunnels to see how my plants were doing. As …

Creative and Interesting Garden Ideas

Creative and Interesting Garden Ideas

During my first few months of creating an astounding, self-sustaining, and creative vegetable garden, I focused on researching the outs and ins of planting vegetables. You are most probably brought here because you’re researching when and how to plant every vegetable you are planning to grow in your backyard.
It can be a thousand tomato varieties or a bunch of onions. Also, you might want to know about the difference between newly sprouting vegetables and weeds. Familiarizing with these important gardening details will keep you busy and productive for the first few months of gardening.
As soon as you finally settle into…

How to Grow Your Own Garlic

How to Grow Your Own Garlic

Garlic is one of the most important ingredients in every delicious recipe. Thus, there is no question why you should include it on your gardening list. The natural cycle of this gardening season is wonderfully represented through our garlic crops’ health throughout this year. We can start planting during the fall season and hibernate it during winter. Then, it will soon sprout in spring and, finally, harvest it during summer.

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