Making Gardening Plans

I do a lot of thinking. Too much probably but I have ideas and they have to work themselves out in my head or in the garden one way or another!  The gardening "off-season" is when I plan.  It's when I take those thoughts in my head and entertain them before discarding the impractical ones.  You know, like the idea of encompassing our whole 1.3 acre yard (house included) in a giant greenhouse to garden in year round.  That probably won't work out...but other plans will. The first thing I usually plan out is my over the winter garden purchases, mostly notably choosing the seeds I want to grow.  I use seeds to grow all my vegetables and herbs but also to grow my business.  Winter is also a great time to purchase bareroot trees and shrubs.  I'm considering some fruit trees that might be different from what we can…

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5 Situations that Call for Raised Beds

If you've followed Growing The Home Garden for any length of time you probably know that I'm a proponent of raised bed gardening.  Raised beds can be made of all sorts of materials and have all kinds of advantages for growing a garden.  Raised beds are great solution for many tricky situations in the garden. Here are a few ways that raised beds can help a garden that may have some issues! 5 Situations that Call for Raised Beds Poor soil.  Very few gardeners are lucky enough to have perfect soil for gardening.  You may have hard clay, very sandy soil, or even no soil!  Raised beds help in each of these situations by allowing the gardener to have control over the soil conditions.  The soil can be just right from the very beginning.  It can be filled with a combinations of soil, compost, and other materials to be exactly…

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Fall Colors in East Tennessee

Emily Rose who gardens and blogs in the Chattanooga area has a very picturesque setting for her fall colors!  What could be better than fall colors reflected in a pond?  Oaks, maples, and other trees all offer up a piece of East Tennessee fall color.  Stop by and check out Emily's fall color pictures at her blog!

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Lighting Up the Garden with a Luminary

I've always been a big fan of solar lighting.  I like the convenience of adding light where I want it in the garden without having to wire in electrical lines.  I also like how solar energy is collected during the day and distributed later when it is needed without using resources from the power grid.  Solar energy is a very cool thing!  To add a little lighting effect to the garden this week I put together an easy to assemble tower of light luminary using solar lighting.  You can easily assemble this for your garden in about an hour.  All the supplies are available at Lowe's who also provided me with the materials for my project through Lowe's Creative Ideas. Here's how easy this garden luminary project is: First you need a few supplies.  Three dryer vent aluminum tubes, pea gravel, larger sized gravel, a nice pot, a couple stakes,…

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