Growing


vertical gardening herbs
I miss our backyard garden – the battle with the red clay, the monster zucchinis and tomatoes, plentiful peppers, even the dispirited cantaloupe. When the yard was re-graded a few years back, the last remnants of it were wiped away. So there’s this large backyard with nothing to do. It’s […]

A Basement Garden. Chapter I – A Wishful Need


raised garden beds
Raised garden beds are extremely popular these days, however, some beginning gardeners ask themselves why they need raised beds at all. At first glance, they do not seem to offer much advantage over planting directly into the ground. If one conducts a quick search on the internet to try to […]

Raised Garden Beds: Pros, Cons, and Alternatives


Hugelkultur in home gardens
What is Hugelkultur? Hugelkultur is a method of raised bed gardening perfected by Austrian permaculture guru Sepp Holzer. Another Permaculture expert, Paul Wheaton, has a good summary of Holzer’s work on his website richsoil.com. You can also check out Sepp Holzer’s English website here as well as search the web for […]

Hugelkultur in Home Gardens



vertical gardening
Do you live in an urban area but still want the benefits of a rural garden? One of the biggest problems with having an urban garden is the space limitations. Many gardeners have less than an acre of land to work with, some may only have a few hundred square […]

How Does Your Garden Grow? – Vertical


clematis
It’s not you. It’s your soil. The soil quality in a typical neighborhood setting is usually pretty terrible. Although most people do not realize it, poor soil is the reason why backyard vegetable gardens do not perform to our expectations. It can be frustrating when one spends so much time […]

The Secret to Fertility: How to Improve Backyard Soil




backyard farm design
Backyard Farming sounds crazy at first. Urban Farming or Urban Homesteading does not sound much better. Yet, more and more people are beginning to see that there is a real benefit to growing one’s own food and making things at home. There are many reasons for this including the high […]

What is Backyard Farming


apple tree
If one is serious about producing a large quantity of truly organic produce within a small space, then fruit trees are absolutely essential. The advantages of fruit trees in your backyard farm garden far outweigh the disadvantages. Let’s take a look at some of the benefits of fruit trees: Fruit […]

Fruit Trees and Backyard Farming