Free Plans & Printables

Overseeding Your Lawn

by Ivory Soap Free Plans & Printables

A lush green lawn is the perfect welcome mat for your home. But despite your best efforts, it’s not always easy to keep it in top shape. Bare spots, or weak, thinning or patchy grass can appear seemingly overnight due to compacted soil, poor drainage, weed infestations, or just plain weather. To bring your lawn […]

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Make Your Own Cheap and Easy Plant Propagation Box

by Daisy Free Plans & Printables

When I was going through our local Master Gardener course, we went on a field trip to Memphis Botanic Gardens, where the resident garden manager, Chris Cosby, led a brief course in propagation techniques. One of the methods he described was using a modified styrofoam cooler to make a propagation box for cuttings. I built […]

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Fall Garden Planner

by Ivory Soap Free Plans & Printables

(EDIT 8/12/12:  The download is corrected and no longer has a year on it.) Why, oh, why did I put 2009 on that planner?  The truth is that you can use it every year.  The year doesn’t matter.  The frost date never changes.  But, the program I used to make this planner, I no longer […]

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Free Great Growth Webinar!

by Ivory Soap Beginner Gardens

In this nine- minute recorded module, we talk about choosing plants that will thrive in your area, versus those that *could* grow in your area .  Go see!    It’s free!

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Great Garden Soil Webinar!

by Ivory Soap Beginner Gardens

Module TWO in our Grow A Great Garden Without Trying series is here!  Six minutes of imported dirt talk, plus a pretty awesome permaculture trick at the end so you don’t have to water so much this year.  When you get to the publisher website, enter the webinar area on the right hand side.

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Free 8-Minute Compost Webinar!

by Ivory Soap Beginner Gardens

Come!  Watch!  Hear our nasal voices and awkward pauses!  This is the first module in our series called “Grow A Great Garden Without Trying” produced by the publisher of our new book Little House in the Suburbs: Backyard farming and home skills for self-sufficient living.  Click the pic to go to the webinar.  Look for […]

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Garden Planner for Notebooks

by Ivory Soap Free Plans & Printables

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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FREE Spring Planting Planner!

by Ivory Soap Free Plans & Printables

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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Free Garden Plan: Fall/Spring Garden

by Daisy Free Plans & Printables

Here’s the last garden plan, for the last plantings of the season. (If you don’t know when that is for you, print out our Fall Garden Planner. Yes, it’s already time!)  This plan is still worked out according to companion planting rules, but it has more flexibility than previous plans because of the cooler weather: […]

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Free Garden Plan: Root Veggies

by Daisy Free Plans & Printables

The cool thing about this plan, other than the companion planting and spacing, is the use of our “tater boxes” which temporarily deepen any raised bed–allowing your to do this in a new bed next year. You will need: 1 electric drill or hammer 4 – 2×8 boards, 4ft long each 12 deck screws or […]

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Succession Planting Planner

by Daisy Free Plans & Printables

SUCCESSION PLANTING is the term gardeners use to refer to planting something else in place when a previous crop is all finished. To pull this off effectively, you need a few things: 1. A diagram of your garden with zones marked off and numbered/lettered/named for old boyfriends, whatever…The one above is of four of my […]

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Free Garden Plan: Squash Garden

by Daisy Free Plans & Printables

Gourds (squash, cucumbers, zucchini) are one of the few families that play well with other members of their own family. However, squash get the worst bugs imaginable: Squash Vine Borers and Squash Beetles. (That’s why they’re not in my Beginner Garden Plan at all.) So, placement of beneficial plants is VERY IMPORTANT. I don’t care […]

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Companion Planting Made Easy-ish: Part 3 of 3

by Daisy Free Plans & Printables

As we’ve said before, companion planting is like seating your guests at the wedding reception. 1. Members of the same family shouldn’t be seated together. 2. Hatfields and McCoys must be kept across the room from each other. Today, we cover Rule 3: Sometimes, somebody dated someone else’s sister and it ended very badly, so […]

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Companion Planting Made Easy-ish: Part 2 of 3

by Daisy Free Plans & Printables

We’ve already covered Rule One: Separate Family Members. If you missed that one, you’ll have no idea what I’m talking about when I mention a particular plant family. So go back now. Learning this stuff for each and every species will make your ears bleed. Seriously. In this part we cover Rule Two: Separate Hatfields […]

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Companion Planting Made Easy-ish: Part 1 of 3

by Daisy Free Plans & Printables

When I was describing all of this to TL, she made a wise remark. Companion planting is just like planning the seating at your wedding reception. 1. Too many members of the same family shouldn’t be seated together. 2. Hatfields and McCoys must be kept across the room from each other. 3. Sometimes somebody dated […]

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Super Bloomer Mini Shade Garden

by Daisy Free Plans & Printables

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 Free Plans & Printables

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 Free Plans & Printables

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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Free Printable-O-Rama: Herbs, Fall, and Recipes!

by Daisy Free Plans & Printables

I am ADDICTED to making these little books. I HATE big sheets of paper in my way and I carry a teeny-weeny purse, so these fit perfectly. But, instead of going on and on about how to assemble these, like I did with the 2009 Spring Garden Planner and the 2009 Handmade Gift Planner, I’m […]

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