Garden Variety | A Gardening, Outdoor Lifestyle and Organic Food & Drink Blog

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Some of the best things about spring and summer are the abundance of beautiful weather, the ability to grow things, ample opportunities for outdoor barbecues, parties, and other forms of open-air entertainment, and the ability to enjoy nature is all of its glory. Continue reading

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By Avenue – Own work, GFDL,

Maidenhair vine (Muehlenbeckia complexa) is a deciduous climbing vine native to New Zealand. It is most notably known for its versatility as a prolific

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Tower Garden HOME Indoor Gardening

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Easily grow greens and herbs indoors.  Tower Garden HOME comes with everything you need to begin growing up to 32 plants now.  Eating simple just got a whole lot simpler.  See how it works. While the LED grow lights for this item are currently unavailable, you can purchase a Tower Garden HOME without lights here.

$80.83 per month for 12 months

Buy with confidence: We offer a five-year limited warranty!

  • LED grow lights
  • A variety of starter seeds.
  • Seed starting supplies, including germination tray, rockwool cubes, vermiculite and net pots
  • Babygreens extension kit
  • Pump, timer, drain tube and water monitor
  • Tower Garden Mineral Blend plant food (1 qt. each) and measuring cup
  • pH test kit and one bottle each of pH up/down adjusters
  • Made from high-quality, USDA-approved, UV-stabilized, food-grade plastic
  • Dimensions: 58″x 24″ x 24″ inches
  • California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.
  • We
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Organic Gardening Information

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Helping You Grow Your Own Food

Organic Gardening Information is a culmination of all my years
of organic gardening. I’ve been growing vegetables and fruits
for my family and the organic markets for over 20 years. And
I’m learning more every day on my five acres here in Southern
California. I’m taking these experience’s and my knowledge to
provide you with the latest, time-tested information on Organic
Gardening whether you’re an organic gardening newbie or an experienced

Information you can use right away to grow your own vegetables
in a way that is safe for you, your family and the
environment. One thing I’ve learned is that there is no
“right way” to grow organically. Remember, always keep it
simple, because “simple” is easy to manage in the long run.
If you’re new to gardening, take baby steps and start small.

Where You Garden

Whether you live in an

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Gardening for Beginners; Basic garden procedures, reference charts, maps and statistics

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There is no such thing as “I can’t Grow a Plant”…
You just haven’t learned how to care for it properly yet!

The Basic Needs of the Plants in your Garden

All plant groups have the same elemental needs of water, light and air,
but the quantity and intensity of each of these elements varies greatly.

Cacti thrive in continuous sun with very little water,
but would quickly rot in a bog.
Mosses and Lichens won’t survive without the cool, moist,
dimly lit environment of the forest floor.
Some plants grow well in alkaline soil, while others thrive in acidic soil.

The Rules of Gardening

Thankfully, gardening isn’t based on a set of ‘absolute rules’ but can be more appropriately considered to be ‘suggested guidelines‘ for growing.
With experience, you will learn to bend the rules a little and make adaptations to your gardens to allow you to

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Of Plums and Pignuts | forest gardening and perennial vegetables

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The core of this site is a collection of plant portraits, covering the propagation, growing, harvesting, storing and eating of individual plants used in forest gardening. The Plant Portrait feed in the main menu above or the list of plants in the right sidebar (at the bottom if you are using a mobile phone) lead to articles on the species and techniques used in forest gardening, or use the Search box to find a species. The Plant Lists menu item gives information on many plants in table form, while the Get plants menu gives some pointers on where to get forest garden plants from and my own trade list.

Forest gardening

If the whole concept of forest gardening is new to you, there is a potted explanation here. The Methods feed is where articles about forest gardening methods end up, and the forest garden log and my Facebook page

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Gardening and Growing with The Garden Helper

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Winter Gardening

This time of year finds most people scurrying about with a long list of ‘gotta-dos’.
Probably the last thing on anyone’s mind is working in their gardens.
Fortunately, the list of winter gardening ‘to-dos’ is more like a list of ‘don’t-dos’

There are a few things to keep an eye on, and a few optional things you can do in the garden like
transplanting trees and shrubs and taking some hardwood cuttings.
Your biggest concern will probably be tending to your house plants.

Please don’t forget about taking care of your feathered friends!
Keep your bird feeders cleaned and filled, especially when there is snow on the ground!

Caring for Your Christmas Tree

Four Generations of Living Christmas Trees

In 1851, the first Christmas tree stand was set up on a street corner in New York city. Today there are over 32 million Christmas trees sold each year in this country. There are over

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Gardening + Backyard Gardening + Garden Tips & Advice

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Your comprehensive garden guide

Welcome to the Essential Garden Guide

The Essential Garden Guide was created to help you unlock the secrets of a great backyard garden. This information, originally created for professional and educational purposes, is the result of over 15 years of contributions from renowned agricultural institutions and extensions. There’s a wealth of knowledge here, and it’s only a few clicks away. And is now available for the iphone, ipod and ipad!

Start by learning about the basics! Find out what every gardener should know about soil preparation, watering, and garden care.

Explore a wide variety of garden fruits and vegetables. From Asparagus to Watermelons, you’ll find essential information for planting, plant spacing, care, and pest and disease identification and control.

Find new and exciting information by keeping up on all the latest gardening tips and tricks from the Essential Garden Guide blog or simply let your voice

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Gardening – Wikipedia

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Practice of growing and cultivating plants

Gardening is the practice of growing and cultivating plants as part of horticulture. In gardens, ornamental plants are often grown for their flowers, foliage, or overall appearance; useful plants, such as root vegetables, leaf vegetables, fruits, and herbs, are grown for consumption, for use as dyes, or for medicinal or cosmetic use. Gardening is considered by many people to be a relaxing activity.

Gardening ranges in scale from fruit orchards, to long boulevard plantings with one or more different types of shrubs, trees, and herbaceous plants, to residential back gardens including lawns and foundation plantings, and to container gardens grown inside or outside. Gardening may be very specialized, with only one type of plant grown, or involve a variety of plants in mixed plantings. It involves an active participation in the growing of plants, and tends to be labor-intensive, which differentiates it from farming

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Gardens Alive – Organic Gardening, Lawn Care, and Natural Pest Solutions

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“I’ve come to rely on Garden’s Alive to provide a safe alternative to chemical products. Their products are effective and allow me to grow my own vegetables that I know are healthy.”

Bizrate® survey, April ’19 Source

“I’m an organic gardener, with free roaming chickens, rabbit, dog, tortoises and kids! I have always had success with every product from Gardens Alive! I’m fact, my neighbor has called my yard ” magical”.”

Bizrate® survey, April ’19 Source

“I am a longtime customer. I join the Garden Club every year and love the discounts that come from smart ordering. Everyone admires my garden and I think these products are a big part of my success.”

Bizrate® survey, May ’19 Source

“I wouldn’t use anything else other than Tomatoes alive to fertilize my tomatoes in my garden. There is a noticeable improvement in growth and healthiness of the plants when I use Tomatoes

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Guide to Gardening by Mail, Mail Order Gardening, and Catalogs

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The Garden Watchdog is a free directory of 7,997 mail order gardening companies. Here gardeners share their opinions on which companies really deliver on quality, price and service.

After you review the Introduction and Acceptable Use Policy, you can share your own mail-order experiences, or use our search and browse features to find reputable sources for all your gardening needs.

Are you looking for a particular plant? Check out PlantScout to find vendors offering the plant, seed or bulbs you’re seeking!

For local gardening resources, visit our new Go Gardening feature. If you’re looking for a new book, the Garden Bookworm can help you add to your garden bookshelf.

Since 1994, 4,499 companies have been reviewed in the Garden Watchdog, and 88,409 comments have been posted (58,854 positive, 12,563 neutral, 16,992 negative) by 45,888 customers.

If you like this feature, we invite you to take a quick tour of Dave’s

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