By Amber Pollei, June 9, 2013
Whether you’re caring for a container garden or keeping a homestead vegetable plot alive, using water efficiently and mindfully is important.
By Amber Pollei, May 16, 2013
Trellises are essential for vining plants, such as pole beans, peas, and some varieties of squashes or cucumbers. (Check the tag or the seed packet. Varieties that don’t need a trellis are usually called “bush” variety.)
By Amber Pollei, April 24, 2013
It doesn’t take an acre of space to grow fresh produce at home. Here are some easy ways to grow fresh herbs, fruits, and veggies in containers.
By Amber Pollei, April 14, 2013
This post is the final in a series of three that will help you start a home composting bin.
By Amber Pollei, April 13, 2013
This post is the second in a series of three that will help you start a home composting bin.
By Amber Pollei, April 12, 2013
This post is the first in a series of three that will help you start a home composting bin.
By Amber Pollei, November 13, 2012
Fall traditionally ushers in the harvest season; a cornucopia overflowing with gifts from the earth is a traditional symbol of the bounty of autumn. For the backyard gardener, it’s just as important to celebrate the small harvests.
By Amber Pollei, October 10, 2012
Cool weather doesn’t have to mean the end of gardening. In fact, in warmer climates fall and winter gardens can be more rewarding than their summer counterparts! Last year, my backyard garden in Austin, Texas, fed us leafy greens, broccoli and other brassicas from November until late March, when I finally had to pull them to make room for a summer crop. The cool weather kept the pests at bay and a wide variety of leafy greens helped keep things interesting — and that’s when I realized that fall and winter were my favorite gardening seasons.
By Amber Pollei, September 9, 2012
If you’ve ever tried your hand at gardening, even of the container variety, chances are you’ve heard at least a little about the importance of compost. That’s for good reason: healthy compost mixed with soil will give your plants the nutrients they need to thrive.
By Amber Pollei, August 17, 2012
Keeping up with the summer garden is chore enough, and dealing with a surplus can be vexing — and inspiring. Here’s what to do with too much of a good thing.