February is a very busy month for those who are gardening! Even though it may feel really cold out, there’s still quite a bit that you can do this month!
Companion planting is a vital part of organic gardening. Companion plants assist in the growth of others by attracting beneficial insects, repelling pests, or providing nutrients, shade, or support.
I feel like one of the biggest secrets in gardening is that you don’t usually have to pay for woodchips. I see people at stores with carts full of bags of woodchips all the time and usually end up giving them one of our cards so they can read this blog post. We use wood chips for mulching, smothering Bermuda grass, making compost, bedding for rabbits, and many other uses! We get them for free
Square foot gardening is a gardening method where you divide your gardening space out into square foot (12″) areas. Mel Bartholomew’s book Square Foot Gardening, introduced the idea of planting densely within 4’x4′ raised beds in this square foot method. This method helps to promote growing space when you have limited growing space within your garden. Each square can be planted with different crops depending on what crops are considered good companions.
We are big fans of the Seeding Square for Square Foot Gardening! This device makes it really easy to have consistent plant spacings and to keep everything organized.
Not all of us are fortunate enough to have space to grow in full sun. Many people live in apartments with a balcony and limited sunshine. However, there is lots of food you can still grow in limited sun!
Announcing Our New Garden Soil Calculator App to Calculate How Much Soil You Need for Your Raised Bed!
Have you ever built a raised bed, then tried to figure out how many bags of soil you need to fill it? Now there’s an app for it!
A lot of people ask us about From Seed to Spoon and how we make money off of all the work that we do. Up until now, we haven’t! We’ve used the income from our full time jobs to pay for costs and we’ve built this from our own bank accounts. We’ve done all the work on the app ourselves and we’ve kept our server costs to a minimum.
Boysenberries are a cross between blackberries, raspberries, and loganberries. They are fairly easy to grow and are well worth the reward! Boysenberry bushes can grow very tall and will require a trellis to help support the height. Boysenberry bushes will continue to give fruit year after year, however it usually takes a year for the plant to first produce berries. You can cut any canes that produce fruit at the base after the season is over since they won’t produce again.
Avocado is a tasty and unique addition to any garden or indoor grow area! Although most avocado trees do best in moderate temperatures, there are some that can tolerate freezing temperatures. Avocado can be planted by seed or transplanted from a nursery. It’s more of a guaranteed method by taking a graft from a tree. A transplant could produce fruit within 2-3 years, whereas if you grow from seeds it can take 8 or more years.