deer in a garden eating plants

How to Keep Deer Out of Garden: 11 Methods You Can Use

Deer eat vegetation, from shrubs to leaves and grass, and they will sometimes find their way to your gardens if they can’t find what they need elsewhere. If you have a garden, you should figure out how to keep deer away. Why? Nothing is more frustrating than putting all your effort into growing plants in … Read more

vegetable garden layout

6 Vegetable Garden Layout Ideas (What to Plant in Them)

Planning your vegetable garden layout is the first step to becoming a successful gardener. Plot size, soil, and sunlight are deciding factors. But you also need to factor in how much time you can dedicate to your garden and how many vegetables you need to grow to make it worthwhile.  This article looks at 6 … Read more

plants that act as natural mosquito repellent

Mosquito Repellent Plants: 18 Plants (Annual & Perennial) & 2 Trees

Considering mosquitos are so tiny, they sure can make their unwelcome presence felt! However, once winter is over and rainy spring is giving way to the summer, it’s a treat to be able to enjoy the great outdoors again. However, if relaxing in the sunshine includes mosquito bites, that is sure to put a dampener … Read more

How to Make Soil More Alkaline: 4 Steps

Alkaline soil refers to any soil with a pH level above 7. Making your soil more alkaline means raising your soil pH.  The pH level indicates the soil’s hydrogen ion concentration and affects how well plants can or cannot absorb necessary nutrients. The pH scale runs from 0 to 14, with seven being neutral. The … Read more

california poppy is an alkaline plant

Alkaline Plants: 67 Trees, Shrubs, Vegetables & Flowers That Thrive

Growing plants in alkaline soil can be challenging. This type of soil doesn’t accommodate as many species as neutral or acidic soil, and because it’s less soluble, it can limit nutrient availability for your plants. But that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have its uses. This article will explain the benefits of this type of … Read more

mint plant is a perennial plant that naturally repels mosquitoes

“Best” Perennial Plants That Repel Mosquitoes ~ Shade & Sun

Let’s face it. Mosquitoes are the most annoying flying pests! There is nothing worse than trying to garden or enjoy some relaxing time in the backyard when the little buggers are buzzing around your ears. Chemical laden sprays and mosquito netting are no fun either. Plants can help. It won’t be an invisible forcefield where … Read more

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Raised Bed Garden ~ Ideas & Info

A raised bed garden provides a versatile and attractive option for gardeners planning their next crop of veggies or show-stopping flowers.  Whether you’re tight on space or want to cultivate specific soil qualities, read on to learn how making a raised garden bed can (literally) elevate your gardening. Raised Bed Garden Ideas You can get … Read more

ph tester in soil to check for making soil more acidic

How to Make Soil Acidic

To be successful at gardening or any type of landscaping, you need to monitor soil pH. Start with a baseline test using a digital soil pH meter like the one above, and then you can choose plants to fit that pH range or adjust the pH to what you want to plant. This article will … Read more

growing asparagus

How to Grow Asparagus

Asparagus is a perennial vegetable whose green and purple stalks elevate even the simplest spring dish. In addition to its culinary appeal, asparagus provides an excellent source of vitamin K and folate (essential for red blood cell formation). Plus, it’s a low-effort crop, meaning beginning gardeners can learn how to grow asparagus just as easily … Read more