The State of the Garden {A Tour}: July 2013

A quick tour of our backyard gardens, which got off to a late start due to the inclement weather we had this spring, but are now finally in full swing. I think it’s about time I shared the ever changing landscape of my backyard. We started the summer with a plan to build a shed, […]

Tomato Gardening 101: A String Trellis

A look at how we use a string trellis system in our garden to guide indeterminate tomato plants upward. Plus, what is the difference between determinate and indeterminate tomatoes, why it matters, and companion planting. This week is planting week. The last frost date happened this week. The rain has stopped. I can see the […]

Eat Well, Spend Less: Simple Ways to Create Memorable Meals

A look at easy cooking techniques with salt, herbs, and garlic (and a bit of love) that will easily create memorable meals out of the simplest of ingredients so you eat well and spend less. Pin It It’s February. This is the point in the winter months that I really start longing for summer days […]

Composting Basics: Our Compost Pile

We have a compost pile. It started when my husband pulled out a pesky lilac that was taking over the corner of our yard. In the dirt patch, he happily started gathering together fallen leaves and grass clippings, and the next year while we were putting in our first raised bed garden, we happily took […]

Caring for Seedlings Indoors

You’ve put the seeds in small dirt cups, watered and given them a home to grow. Now that there are tiny plants, how do you care for those seedlings until it’s time to place them in the ground? Here in Chez Olmanson, our first batch of seedlings is coming along nicely. Nearly all the seeds […]

When to Start Your Seedlings Indoors

Gardening can be difficult if you aren’t familiar with it. I mean, when do you start seedlings from seeds, and when do those seedlings get put in the ground, and what is the frost date for my hardiness zone, but first, what is a hardiness zone? This year we are starting most of our plants […]

How to Make a Seedling Tray Out of Recycled Products

Here in the Midwest, there is still snow on the ground, but temperatures are on the rise, and it’s time to start thinking about gardens and, more importantly, getting seedlings started. We’ll be starting our seedlings indoors because the temperatures still drop below freezing at night, and to do this, we’ll need to build a […]