How To Prep Your Vegetable Garden Soil

how to prep your vegetable garden soil: a step by step guide to get your veggie garden soil back to its glory and ready to plant in

Today is all about how to prep your vegetable garden soil.  This is exciting because it means we are almost safe to plant our little veggies!!  Yay!!!  But first, we need to get our soil ready to rock and roll.  If you are like me, your garden has been going for a couple of years now and you know that your soil is probably depleted in important nutrients.  Plants are like us, they need food, water, & nutrients to keep them healthy and growing to their best potential.  Throughout the season, your veggies are eating up all the  nutrients in your soil to grow big and strong.  Not a problem, you can easily boost your soil nutrients in 3 easy steps!  Grab your shovel and let’s get started!

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Planting A Container Herb Garden

Step by step guide on how to plant the perfect one pot herb garden.

Today’s post is all about creating a container herb garden.  This is perfect for your deck or if you have a small area that you want to do some edibles, but you don’t want to mess with planting in the ground.  Container herb gardens are the perfect way to have all of your favorite herbs right outside your door where you can easily cut a few sprigs off for dinner every night!  In four steps, you will have all the information you need to plant your very own one pot container herb garden!

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Edible Landscaping

swiss chard in walkway

I’ve still been bitten by the spring fever bug, and I’m sure my fellow gardeners are feeling the same way!  Bring on the summertime!!!  So I thought I would share some more of my garden fun with you all.  One thing I have been trying to do is incorporate more edibles into my yard.  Now, if you have followed my other gardening posts, you know I don’t have a big yard.  Which means I don’t have a lot of room to spare on edible plants.  Also, having two boxers, I need to have enough yard for them to run like wild in.  (Which they do, for hours upon end)  So, my strategy is to encorporate as many edibles into my landscape as I can.  But, I also want to make it look attractive … since most of my landscaping is in the front yard.  I can’t just have a jungle going on out there because the neighbors wouldn’t appreciate it and I like to keep the curb appeal going on.  So, year by year, I’ve been playing with the idea of edible landscaping.  Mixing edibles, annuals, perennials, and shrubs to create a beautiful and productive landscape.

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Garden 2016: Planning & Seed Starting

seeds

EEEEEEK!!!!!  It is officially time to start planting seeds indoors.  It is 12 weeks before my last frost date (May 1st) and so naturally I am super excited to get something going in terms of seedlings.  The only thing I am growing that needs started this early is celery and onion. (10 to 12 weeks before last frost date).  So, I will begin my little celery and onion plants super excitedly then have to wait 2 weeks for the next batch of seedlings to get planted.  (Which is just thyme)  Some of you are thinking …. “wow, you find this exciting??  Sounds pretty lame” and some of you are thinking … “OMG YAASSSSSSSS the start of the gardening season, WEEEEEEEE!!”  As you can clearly tell, I am of the latter category.  AND PROUD!  I love gardening and the start of spring is much needed when you are living in a snow globe of 18 degrees.  Once we get 6 to 8 weeks out, things get crazy and I get to start all my tomatoes and peppers!

So, what else am I planting this year besides celery and onions? Oh, I am so glad you asked!  Added bonus … I just discovered some 2013 garden photos tucked away in the crawlspaces of my computer.  2013 was the first year we moved to our house and had these raised beds.  So, I will add those pictures in here to mix it up from seeing last years photos again!

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Garden 2015: September/October Update

jalapeno close up

It is officially October, officially Fall, and officially near the end of the garden. It is also officially Pumpkin Spice EVERYTHING season.  As I write this it is rainy and mid 60s and just a totally fall day.  I also ate nachos and cheese for dinner.  Yes, you heard that right.  Just a big ole plate of nachos.  We are all human and sometimes you just crave something.  For me, it was nachos!  Indulge yourself every once in a while and don’t be ashamed!  I know there was nothing fresh or natural about that dinner, but guess what?  I am not perfect and I don’t want you all thinking I am.  Tomorrow I will be back on the healthy train doing yoga and eating quinoa.  Tonight, I wanted to cuddle up in my robe, eat junk food, and veg out.  Go for it!  Why am I sharing this with you instead of pretending I had kale soup for dinner? I want this to be a community where you feel 100% at home, no matter if you are a gluten free vegan, or a carnivorous potato chip junkie.  You are welcome & loved!  I try to always be real and honest with you guys, even though it may not always be what you expect from a blog centered on healthy & natural living.

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