10 Most Visited Garden Posts in 2013

It's always fun to go back and look at the year.  It helps to examine what went well or what didn't.  Usually I end the year with a post on how my garden projects went but this year I thought I would mention what the top posts on Growing The Home Garden were for 2013.  Once our newest arrival came along my project time became very limited and I just didn't accomplish that much!  Below you will find the top ten garden posts visited in 2013 on this blog.  While many of these posts were written before 2013 they contain content that seems to remain popular over the years.  I hope you enjoy looking back at these posts! Designing a Raised Bed Vegetable Garden: 11 Things to Think About In this post I wrote some tips to designing a raised bed garden.  There are things I learned over the first…

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5 Garden Things to Do More of in 2014

I don't make many New Year's resolutions.  I make goals instead.  I put together ideas of things I would like to accomplish and set out to do them.  I usually don't get through every goal I set but by setting a few goals that are attainable I accomplish more than I would have otherwise! I'll post my garden goals for 2014 in a future post next week but I thought for today I would list a few ideas that other gardeners may want to add to their gardening goal list. Grow more edibles from the backyard. Imagine what could be done if everyone increased their backyard production to cover at least 10% of their grocery needs?  Fewer trucks would be on the roads, lower grocery bills, and more people would be eating healthier.  Pick one area of your grocery budget that you would like to decrease then find a viable…

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Thinking Ahead About the Garden (When to do stuff!)

Christmas is just about here and our minds are all focused on celebrating the season with family and friends but soon after Christmas our gardens will be need attention.  In gardening the correct timing can mean the difference between a great harvest, OK harvest, or even no harvest. Let's take a quick look at some upcoming things that you should keep in mind after the beginning of the year.  Please keep in mind that these gardening tasks are focused on our Zone 6b-7 garden in Tennessee and are based on a last frost date of April 15th.  You may need to adjust times up or down a few weeks to accommodate your garden's zone. What to do in January: Add compost to your beds.  Your garden beds that is.  Make sure it is well aged compost and not too fresh. Animal manures that are too fresh will burn plants. Continue…

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5 Natural Weed Killing Tips

Weeds are one of the most troubling elements of gardening that gardeners face.  A gardener's definition of a a weed is simply a plant you don't want in a place you don't want it!  Which means that even desirable plants can become a weed pest in the wrong place.  Gardener's want simple and easy ways to remove weeds from the garden and there are a few methods to deal with weed effectively. The Natural Approach I believe that the best approach with any garden is to kill weeds naturally if at all possible.  What does killing weed naturally mean?  No synthetic chemicals. Which even after you eliminate all the store bought chemicals the gardener still has a variety of methods available.  The number one method for effectively removing weeds is to do so mechanically.  Pulling the weeds roots and all prevents them from coming back.  Sometimes that is easier said…

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The Garden, with Frosting!

This time of year it isn't unusual to see the garden in a crystallized form.  Wet winter weather insures that enough moisture is around to turn the landscape into a frosted garden.  The unique appearance of the frosted garden gives the gardener a great opportunity to play around with some photography.  Here are a few photos from this morning at 23 degrees! Rosemary with frosting. Here are the dried flower heads of a 'Clara Curtis' mum.  I leave most of the perennial foliage along then cut it back in the early spring.  It adds some winter interest and protects the crown of sensitive/border-line plants from the cold.  The foliage creates and air pocket that insulates the ground just a little.  Sometimes a few degrees matters a lot when you are pushing a zone! (Although 'Clara Curtis' doesn't really need the extra protection here in TN.) Yews and other evergreens always…

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Garden Project: Making an Indoor Planter with Growlight

Winter is one of those times when many gardeners wish they could be growing fresh herbs or produce but the weather just doesn't cooperate.  What is a determined gardener to do then?  Build something!  I decided to put together an indoor grow box/planter with a grow light to grow some plants while the weather outside is unsuitable.  I used cedar fence wood (one of my favorite materials), drywall screws, a little wood glue, and a simple cabinet fluorescent light provided by Lowe's to complete this project! First I cut the wood into my desired lengths and sizes.  I used a circular saw to split one fence board in half to get two pieces 26 inches long.  I cut two more pieces from another board at 2 inches wide and 26 inches. The rest of the wood was cut with my miter saw at 26" for the top and bottom boards and…

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Free Seed Packet Template (Basic)

I mentioned earlier today in a post on Facebook about using homemade seed packets as a gift idea for stocking stuffers. You can read more about that type of seed packet in this post: using wrapping paper for homemade seed packets.  If you want a more typical style of seed packet I put together a simple template that you can decorate however you like.  Feel free to download or share this template.  It's in a .jpg file which you can import into your favorite word processing program or drawing program and edit it with pictures, text, or information.  Or simply let your kids draw some festive pictures on it! To use the template just print it off then cut out the seed packets.  Fold and glue the side flaps first then the bottom flap.  When the glue is dry you can put your seeds in the packet and glue the…

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