Archive for the ‘Keeping up with the Joneses’ Category

How to Avoid the Need for Insecticides

Consider: Insecticides kill bugs. Good bugs as well as bad bugs. Organic insecticides kill bugs. Good bugs and bad bugs. Insecticides should be avoided, and by all means when used, used properly. Here’s the thing. Some gardeners make the assumption that if an insecticide is organic, it is okay to use with abandon. It isn’t [...]

July 19, 2015  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: FAQs, Preparedness & Green Living, Techniques & Issues  2 Comments

Confession #77 The Parsnips Monster

Okay, so what began as a simple experiment has gotten out of hand, I admit. The bed pictured was thinned dramatically in the spring, enough to even plant some kohlrabi in one area. But the parsnips just kept coming. Not only did they spring up in the bed, as you can see they grew outside [...]

July 5, 2015  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Addiction, How to Grow, Root Veggies, The Experiments  3 Comments

6 Ways to Deal with High Egg Prices

If you listen or read the news at all, you have most likely come across at least one story about rising egg prices. It is, of course, the end result of the avian flu. The spread of this disease means many chickens kept for farmed egg laying are being slaughtered. Some grocery stores are even [...]

June 13, 2015  Tags: , , , , , ,   Posted in: Backyard Chickens, Gardening People, Places & Things, Keeping up with the Joneses  3 Comments

Picture a Garden

If ever the gardens grew the way we picture them in our heads, they would be on the cover of a magazine. But the reality is different. Weather is unpredictable, and let’s not even talk about weeds. So how will this year’s gardens grow? Will the flowers started from seeds really fill in these planters [...]

May 31, 2015  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Gardening, Keeping up with the Joneses  2 Comments

Micro Family Gardens to Make Your Summer Extra Sweet

Guest post by Kaitlin Krull Creating a family garden is a time consuming but rewarding project. Many people think that gardening has to take up lots of space as well as time, but if you plan well and get creative you can create a flourishing micro garden using very little space. Some families even choose [...]

May 30, 2015  Tags: , , , ,   Posted in: Gardening People, Places & Things, Techniques & Issues  No Comments

Seniors Mentoring Soldiers

Originally I was going to run a contest as a way of announcing the grand opening of our new online store. But something much more important came up. On this Memorial Day, let us not only remember the fallen veterans, let us also give back to those who have returned. Specifically to a group of [...]

May 25, 2015  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Gardening People, Places & Things, Keeping up with the Joneses  3 Comments

8 Edible Plants You Can Grow as a Wall

If you are looking for a little seclusion in your yard, as we are here in this Before picture, there are a number of edibles you can grow to form a wall of sorts. The bed above will give us some privacy this summer, when we are tending to the garden. We live next door [...]

May 19, 2015  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Garden Projects, Keeping up with the Joneses  No Comments

Decorating Your Garden

Whether you are growing flowers or food, or likely both, it is fun to add some decoration to your garden area. That is why I jumped at the chance to have a blog post sponsored by LTD. Commodities. They let me choose a few things to keep and/or give away, plus a gift certificate as [...]

May 16, 2015  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Gardening People, Places & Things  32 Comments

5 Great Reasons to Grow a Pixie Grape

Okay, so we know this Pixie Grape is still a wee plant, but we wanted to share info about it in case you want to get your hands on one as well. So use your imagination, and picture this: 1. This variety grows best in a container, even small ones. So, even if your garden [...]

May 4, 2015  Tags: , , , ,   Posted in: Fruit, How to Grow, Preparedness & Green Living, Techniques & Issues, You Can Grow That!  No Comments

Gardening with Allergies

If you or someone you know has an issue with gardening due to allergies, you should seriously check out this book. In it, respected author and horticulturist Thomas Leo Ogren explains how some plants produce a great deal of pollen, others produce little or none, and some even remove pollen from the air. Mr. Ogren [...]

April 25, 2015  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Gardening People, Places & Things  One Comment