Category: Gardening

Becoming a vegetarian is the easiest way to save the planet

Becoming a vegetarian is the easiest way to save the planet

~ by The Plaid Zebra Forty years ago vegetarianism wasn’t accepted. People didn’t have the means to get cognizant about what they were consuming before they consumed it. Twenty years ago it was difficult for vegetarians to grocery shop. Ten years ago, people were baffled by the concept of being a vegan. Even today, although […]

Feng Shui Your Patio ~

Feng Shui Your Patio ~

~ Feng Shui: Patios and Outdoor Furnishings By Kartar Diamond People spend more or less time in their back yards depending on their local climate, but common questions I’m asked have to do with patio furniture, outdoor grills and fireplaces. Does the way you set up your patio for backyard lounging and entertaining matter? In […]

Weekend Inspiration ~ Lavender in the Garden

Weekend Inspiration ~ Lavender in the Garden

~ Nothing says summer more than the elegant, silvery plant with its fragrant flowers. by Lindsey Taylor Lavender, or lavandula as it is known botanically, has a long and layered history. The dried form has been used for medicinal and culinary purposes since ancient times. A Mediterranean plant that loves a sunny, dry climate and […]

Saturday Inspiration ~ Garden as Palette

Saturday Inspiration ~ Garden as Palette

  A balanced bed brings together plants with similar-sized blossoms in complementary colors — dahlias, coreopsis, and salvia, for instance — punctuated by foliage that brings its own color and texture. When planning your plantings, pairing flowers and plants by color family can yield beautiful results. by Lindsey Taylor A riot of color can be […]

~ Growing Organic Vegetables in Containers ~

~ Growing Organic Vegetables in Containers ~

by Satish Narayan Sharma Growing vegetables in containers is becoming an increasingly popular hobby. It doesn’t require much space and, with a little care and attention, can generate enough produce to meet the vegetable needs of most small families. Follow this guide to vegetable container gardening and start enjoying the benefits of home-grown organic produce. […]

~ Growing Herbs in Pots ~

~ Growing Herbs in Pots ~

  Growing Herbs in pots is easy as long as you provide them with their basic needs, soil, nutrients, light and water. Choosing a Pot You can grow your herbs in almost any container providing it has drainage and is large enough to allow the herb you are planting to flourish. When choosing your pot […]

Rebel Garden: 6 Colorful, Delicious Heirlooms That Refuse to Conform

Rebel Garden: 6 Colorful, Delicious Heirlooms That Refuse to Conform

Written by Jessica Reeder Who says tomatoes have to be red, or corn yellow? Is there a law against purple carrots? There better not be, because I just planted Cosmic Purples. Atomic Reds, too. And why not? Though hybrid vegetables tend to be sturdy, disease-resistant and uniformly tasty, heirlooms have been cultivated for hundreds, even thousands of […]

Lasagna Gardening: A Way to Grow Your Own

Lasagna Gardening: A Way to Grow Your Own

  Imagine a garden with beautiful, rich, crumbly soil you didn’t have to pay for or dig up. Imagine a bountiful, fertile plot that hardly ever needed weeding. Now imagine you could create this perfect garden for almost no money. If that sounds too good to be true, you probably haven’t heard of Lasagna Gardening. […]

Get Your Container Garden Growing, Now!

Get Your Container Garden Growing, Now!

Written by Abbie Stutzer The sweet smell of spring is in the air. Spring’s the time when the faint smell of humidity elicits joy rather than annoyance. Everything’s green, starting to bud, and — oh, wait. A local meteorologist just said a mild freeze is going to hit next Thursday morning. Lovely. Just lovely. Spring […]

7 Reasons Kale Is the New Beef

7 Reasons Kale Is the New Beef

Written by Jill Ettinger Like the saying goes, the only constant is change. We may resist it all we want, but Time and its inevitable evolution of everything in its path is unaffected by our attempts to stop it. The resulting trajectory of humanity’s nascent ascent appears to be positioning itself to sweep us into […]

Ten Vegetables You Can Grow Without Full Sun

Ten Vegetables You Can Grow Without Full Sun

When most people picture a vegetable garden, they imagine a spot that bakes in the sun all day. For some vegetables, such as tomatoes, peppers, and squash, this is the ideal site. What if we want to grow vegetables, but don’t have a site like this “ideal” one available? There are plenty of vegetables that […]

Honor System Farm Stands - Growing Your Own Food

Honor System Farm Stands – Growing Your Own Food

    We’re in Business Better Farm’s brand-new, custom-made farm stand and signs. Last year was our first foray into organic gardening. Not knowing whether anything would grow in that hard, clay-rich North Country soil, Better Farm‘s interns and residents waded into the responsibility of no-till, no-pesticide, no-chemical fertilizer, 100-percent organic mulch gardening carefully. The […]

Organic Gardening on a Budget

Organic Gardening on a Budget

Going Organic Means You Save Money What You Can Do Use compost, homemade pest fighters, and other organic techniques for a garden that’s as thrifty as it is healthy. Fresh food free of toxic chemicals, healthy soil that’s better able to resist droughts and floods, tasty veggies that are as close as your own backyard…these […]

111 Herbs, Vegetables, Edible Flowers, & Fruit to Plant in Your Kitchen Garden

111 Herbs, Vegetables, Edible Flowers, & Fruit to Plant in Your Kitchen Garden

Written by Laura Klein $5.99 per pound for organic heirloom tomatoes, $6.99 per pound for organic bell peppers are they kidding? One of the biggest complaints about organic foods is, yes it can get expensive. And depending upon where you live, accessibility might be an issue. One of the best ways to save money on […]

The Amazing Benefits of a Home Organic Aquaponics System

The Amazing Benefits of a Home Organic Aquaponics System

What Is Aquaponics? Aquaponics is an integrated aquaculture (growing fish) and hydroponic (growing soilless plants) system that mutually benefits both environments. Aquaponics was essentially born out of hydroponics, which at the time made farming a lot easier. This process was associated with planting your veggies inside containers together with water. The hydroponic model involved utilizing […]

Aromatherapy - For Your Plants

Aromatherapy – For Your Plants

Essential oils provide plants with distinctive scents. For many plants, they also provide protection against insects, pests, and disease. If you use natural products like diatomaceous earth and soap sprays in your garden, try scenting them with essential oils to enhance their effectiveness. Outfit your gardening kit with a general purpose spray and dusting powder […]

Today's Gardener

Today’s Gardener

by Cherie Varah Nasturtiums The plants, as they are grow will have long stems with a round single leaf on each end.  It is normal for several to die off by turning a little yellow, go ahead and pick off with your finger nail or sharp scissors at the end closest to the main stem, […]

Today's Gardener

Today’s Gardener

Grow Your Own Garden Cherie Varah   Alaska Agricultural Experiment Station, better Known as The Experimental Farm, located on Trunk Road between Palmer and Wasilla  Alaska, a beautiful location , state that it is easy to grow under poor conditions and highest yield of good quality tomatoes the” hybrid varieties”   Don’t ask what your plants […]

Today's Gardener

Today’s Gardener

Global Lights Minds will be featuring Weekly Articles Every Wednesday on “How to Grow Your Own Food” Cherie Varah will be researching the best websites and offering to you her advice on gardening.  Cherie is an Arctic Gardener, she has lived in Alaska for over 40 years.  She is able to grow oranges in her […]

Moon Gardening

Moon Gardening

New Moon tip: Take a container, perhaps your cauldron or other container that’s special to you, outside at night during the New Moon, (Full Moon too) to either collect rain or already have it filled with water. Leave it overnight, then bring it in to water your indoor plants, with all that fantastic Moon energy! […]

Today's Gardener

Today’s Gardener

Living in cold climate, like Alaska, we start early with the germination of our vegetables and flowers.  Taking this bit of extra time, no matter where you live,  germination helps to grow healthier plants. I have already planted nasturtiums along my window sill in full sunlight. They’re already sprouting.  They make great garden fillers in […]

Gardening - Growing in Containers

Gardening – Growing in Containers

Global Lights Minds will be featuring Weekly Articles every Thursday on “How to Grow Your Own Food” Cherie Varah will be researching the best websites and offering to you her advice on gardening.  Cherie is an Arctic Gardener, she has lived in Alaska for over 40 years.  She is able to grow oranges in her […]

The Rites of Spring

The Rites of Spring

Tulips are classified with perennials but often need to be treated as annuals. Dig up your tulips once the foliage has died & store them in a cool dry area for replanting in the fall. Tulips need well drained soil. To improve drainage add sand and compost to your soil. Tulips enjoy full sun. “Tulips […]

Seed Exchange

Seed Exchange

Welcome to Southern Exposure Seed Exchange We provide Recommended Planting Dates for the mid-Atlantic and Southeast, based on a joint project by the Virgnia Master Gardeners and the Virginia Extension Service. For fastest service, we recommend you place your order online. You can also print this year’s order form to mail in your order. Pre-order […]