Monthly archive October, 2011

Make a New Garden Bed: No Digging Required!

Fall is when I add new beds to my garden, or expand my existing beds. If we’re planning a new raised vegetable bed, we usually build the frames in fall, fill them with leaves and fruit/veggie scraps, and let them sit over the winter, then fill them up the rest of the way with good...

Gardening Tip: Using Eggshells in Your Garden

Every Sunday, I make a great big breakfast that results in the entire family being pleasantly stuffed and ready to take on a full day of gardening and (in fall) football-watching. Because we have a big family, we go through a dozen eggs every Sunday. Happily, there are several great ways to put all of...

Garden Tip: Direct Sow Perennial Seeds in Fall

  Most of us are familiar with the idea of direct sowing annuals such as marigolds and sunflowers. But did you know that you can also direct sow perennials in your garden? The best time to direct sow perennial seeds in your garden is in fall. Many of these seeds need a period of cold...

Garden Tip: Hoard Your Autumn Leaves!

I have a slight obsession (that’s like being “a little bit pregnant,” isn’t it?) with autumn leaves. They’re beautiful, of course. Fall is my favorite season, in large part due to the fact that looking out my window and seeing the trees ablaze in orange, yellow, and red just makes me happy.   But even...