Category: Gardening

  • The 14 Real Pros and Cons of Tilling Your Garden

    The 14 Real Pros and Cons of Tilling Your Garden

    Every spring, my husband and I debate whether we’re going to till this year or not. Some years, we’re thinking about tilling in some organic material into the clay mess that is our orchard. Other years, it’s tilling peat moss and compost into our garden or the raspberry bed. So what are the real pros […]

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  • Is it Worth Growing Your Own Herbs?

    Is it Worth Growing Your Own Herbs?

    Every time we cook and wish we had a particular fresh ingredient, it makes us want to do an indoor herb garden. Of course, a completely indoor garden would also be fantastic. But is it worth growing your own herbs, let alone indoors? Most gardeners and cooks agree that an indoor herb garden is worth […]

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  • How to Plant Citrus Trees: the Soil, Spacing, Light, & Food

    How to Plant Citrus Trees: the Soil, Spacing, Light, & Food

    Having grown up in Arizona, I thought everyone had an orange or grapefruit tree with giant fruit in their backyard. Now that I live in Utah, though, I know that citrus doesn’t naturally grow everywhere – and that most citrus fruit is painfully small. So I’ve been researching the feasibility of planting a citrus tree. […]

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  • Composting Cooked Veggies: The All-Important Do’s and Don’ts

    Composting Cooked Veggies: The All-Important Do’s and Don’ts

    Having our own compost bin has been a great way to put food and other waste to better use – by turning it into rich, garden-improving mulch. But when we first started, it was easy to get lost wondering what could (or couldn’t) be put on the compost pile. Can you compost cooked vegetables? Cooked […]

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  • Can You Prune Fruit Trees in Summer or in the Fall?

    Can You Prune Fruit Trees in Summer or in the Fall?

    There’s an awful lot to do in the garden during springtime. Too much it seems, sometimes. So in thinking about a better way to manage gardening time, I wondered – could you prune fruit trees in the summer or fall instead? The best time to prune fruit trees is generally in the spring while trees […]

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  • How, Why, and When to Move Raspberry Canes

    How, Why, and When to Move Raspberry Canes

    Having raspberries in our backyard has been one of my favorite parts of our garden. But what happens when they need to be moved for some reason? What do we need to know and do to move them? The best time to move raspberry canes (also called suckers or starts) is when the plant is […]

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  • How to Pick Mint from Your Garden: a Guide to Harvest Time

    How to Pick Mint from Your Garden: a Guide to Harvest Time

    Growing mint doesn’t have to be scary or hard. In fact, it’s a pretty hard plant to kill – even if you’re trying to. So now that you’re growing mint, how and when do you harvest it? Harvest mint after the plant is at least 6 to 8 inches tall and before flowers blossom. Leave […]

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  • How to Protect Raspberry Plants in Winter: A Step-by-Step Guide

    How to Protect Raspberry Plants in Winter: A Step-by-Step Guide

    Raspberry bushes are amazingly resilient and produce some of my favorite fruits. Even so, I wondered what kinds of protection my raspberry plants need during the winter months – if any at all. To protect raspberry plants during the winter, select only hardy plants appropriate for the zone. Then, depending on the winter weather, raspberry […]

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  • 40+ Reasons Your Fruit Trees are Dying (with Fixes)

    40+ Reasons Your Fruit Trees are Dying (with Fixes)

    Fruit trees are a great addition to any garden. However, when they’re dying it’s hard to watch all that effort go down the drain – especially if you don’t know offhand what’s causing them to die. What kills fruit trees – and how do you fix it? Fruit trees die due to one or more […]

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  • Can Raspberry Bushes Grow in the Shade?

    Can Raspberry Bushes Grow in the Shade?

    When you’re thinking about growing some deliciously sweet and juicy raspberries, it’s important to know where to plant them – and how much sunlight they’ll get. Can raspberry bushes grow in the shade? Some varieties of raspberry bushes can grow in the shade but they won’t produce as much fruit as those planted in full […]

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