Beginner Gardens

No-Dig Sunflower Fort Step-By-Step

by Daisy Beginner Gardens

I’m disorganized at everything, and gardening is no exception. Most of the time when I remember to do something at the right time, it’s by accident. I’ve seen examples of sunflower forts for years, but never, apparently, at the right time to plant them. Somehow this year was the exception, and I finally planted one. […]

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Tomato Suckers And How NOT To Make A Video

by Daisy Beginner Gardens

Most mainstream advice on tomato care includes the recommendation to prune out tomato suckers.  Suckers are those little leaf growths (little in the beginning, anyway–they can get huge) in the axil of the tomato plant. The axil is the name for the joint where the branch meets the stem. Here’s a pic of a tomato […]

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Twelve Tips For Terrific Tomatoes

by Daisy Beginner Gardens

I know my friends up north are still getting freezing weather, but it’s tomato time here and it soon will be everywhere.  Take heart! Here’s some tomato talk to get you in the mood and ready to tom. Twelve Tips For Terrific Tomatoes 1. The royal treatment. Ever see a period piece where a chambermaid […]

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Summer Gardening for Everyone!

by Ivory Soap Beginner Gardens

The following is a guest post from this week’s giveaway vendor, Homesteader’s Supply! The folks at Homesteader’s Supply often work with people struggling to be more self sufficient yet constrained by job, location, physical ability and so much more. One way that many can begin this quest in self sufficiency is simply by growing some […]

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Plant a Fairy Garden

by Daisy Beginner Gardens

One of my favorite early childhood memories is searching for acorn cups for the little creatures who inhabited the imaginary world in the woods behind my house.  I dug caves for them under the moss and built “log” cabins and fences out of twigs. I won’t say how long ago that was, but I’m still […]

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How To Make a Patio Pond in a Day

by Ivory Soap Beginner Gardens

Have you had your eye on an expensive water feature for your back yard patio? Water features are a great way to add visual interest to your back yard, and can help provide a calming oasis for you and your family to relax next to after a long day. Water features, however, don’t have to […]

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Harvesting Basil

by Daisy Beginner Gardens

Next to tomatoes and peppers, fresh basil is arguably the best thing about the summer garden.  We’ve been luxuriating in it.  Everything tastes better with basil in it, even dessert.  I spread some basil butter on zucchini bread and almost fell out of my chair. I planted LOTS this year and it’s time to go […]

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How to Plant an Outdoor Potted Herb Garden

by Ivory Soap Beginner Gardens

 Committing to plant placement gives me the willies.  Thankfully, my neighbor had the solution.  A potted herb garden! 1.  Gather a selection of interesting pots. 2.  Fill them almost to the top (about 4 inches shy) with potting soil. 3.  Place one perennial herb in each pot:  oregano, thyme, rosemary, chives, french tarragon, and mint are […]

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Garden Planner for Notebooks

by Ivory Soap Beginner Gardens

I promised that I would get a Garden Journal going for my Home Management Notebook, so here it is. Garden Journal Year XLS : Calculates the dates if you enter your area frost date and tells you what to plant.  Sheet one is Spring, sheet two is Fall. Garden Journal Year PDF:  Print out of […]

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Easy as Mesclun: How to Grow Leaf Lettuce

by Daisy Beginner Gardens

I decided to do a little tutorial on how I grow salad greens after the following conversation with my husband: Me:  How much do you think this would cost in the store, a huge bowl of fresh organic mixed salad greens? Husband:  Oh, about four dollars.  But that’s without e. coli.  The e. coli will […]

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FREE Spring Planting Planner!

by Ivory Soap Beginner Gardens

It’s that time again, folks!  When do I plant my beans?  When do I set out the tomatoes?  How come my spinach didn’t grow in July? I’m starting to hear those perennial questions and our FREE Spring Planner will work out all of the details for you.  It tells you when to plant each type […]

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How to Grow Healthy Tomatoes

by Daisy Beginner Gardens

Start reading about tomato pests and diseases and you begin to wonder how any tomato ever makes it at all. After weeks of episodic rain my tomato plants are growing like kudzu, but I noticed something this morning that sent me looking for fungicide recipes: yellowing around large brown spots on the lower leaves of […]

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Free Garden Plan: Beginner Garden in a Day

by Daisy Beginner Gardens

When I first started gardening, I had no idea what to plant, where to plant it, or what grew well with what! So, for you beginners, we’re going to skip all that and just give you a recipe. It’s all worked out for maximizing your companion plants and all that good stuff, so relax and […]

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How to Hide Edibles in Your Front Yard

by Daisy Beginner Gardens

Edible Landscaping, when you have a homeowners association, is all about distraction. When you look at the above picture, do you see my crops? Would you notice them if I hadn’t told you? That’s what I’m talking about. Behind my pansies, behind the fence, is fifty strawberry plants and five asparagus in a mulch bed […]

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Super Bloomer Mini Shade Garden

by Daisy Beginner Gardens

Meet Johnny Jump Up. He’s an old fashioned favorite viola-family-type thing. But I like him because he’s the first face I see in the spring and he self-seeds like a maniac. He has my front door looking uber-cute about five minutes before spring officially even starts. Which is important because none of the plants at […]

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Ever-Blooming Flower Beds

by Daisy Beginner Gardens

I have developed my own formula for year-round flower bed gorgeousness. 1. Bedding plants up front. LOTS. You can buy them(expensive) or start them indoors from seed, but two shifts of annual bedding plants are the cornerstone of a ‘showy from outer space’ flower bed. I like pansies blooming from October to May and I […]

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Free Printable: 2009 Spring Garden Guide

by Daisy Beginner Gardens

Ever wonder WHEN you’re supposed to start tomatoes indoors, sow carrots outdoors, or transplant your peppers? (Or is the fact that timing matters Brand New Information?) Well, here is a free printable that already has it organized for you. This is the time of year when those of us who have garden fever can finally […]

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How to Dead Head

by Daisy Beginner Gardens

Pansies are such a welcome sight in thirty degree weather. And I would have a lot more blooms than this, if I’d kept up with my dead-heading. Dead-heading is just a fun term for removing fading blooms, so others can come in. Why does this work? It’s not just because flowers are vain and want […]

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How to Compost

by Daisy Beginner Gardens

TL, I thought my compost pile needed a little something ‘gourmet’ today, so I jetted down to my favorite free compost store. Now not everyone knows that these folks consider it a part of their corporate “giving back to the community” to cheerfully hand out bags of spent grounds. If they’ve gone through the ‘training’, […]

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