Check out this UH-MAY-ZING series of gardening ideas from every letter in the alphabet!
Join me in this gardening series as we journey through every letter of the alphabet, reading about different gardening methods from Experts all over the country. Whether you are gardening on a balcony or 100 acres, from the novice gardener to advance, there is something for everyone!!!
O= On a Budget
Frugal and Free Landscape and Garden by The Coastal Homestead
Did your money tree fail to produce this year? Do you want a pretty yard or a lush garden but low on cash? Have no fear, The Queen of the frugal gardeners is here! I have over 15 tips to help you have a frugal & free landscape and garden.
I am frugal for two reasons; # 1 out of need. We are a self-employed family of five who practices eating a whole food, organic diet. As you can imagine, most of our budget goes towards sustaining us. #2 I am frugal because I like a challenge and don’t believe in wasting or paying full price.
Read more from The Coastal Homestead here
P= Pallet Gardening
Pallet Gardens: Simple, Easy and Free by The Coastal Homestead
It’s all the craze lately (and honestly I don’t know what took us so long), the art of re-purposing pallets ! The pallet patent was granted in 1939 to two men who I consider the grandfathers of my new pallet world. Go on Pinterest one time and search pallets and you will be there for hours in awe of the amazing things you can build with these multipurpose inventions.
It kills me to think how many thousands of these idea inspiring pallets went into the landfill and started bonfires over the last 80 + years
Read more from The Coastal Homestead Here
Soil PH by Lone Star Farmstead
If you are new to gardening, or if you’ve always just had a brown thumb, then you need to know about soil pH. Why? Don’t you just plant the seed, water it, and then wait for the seeds to sprout? In simple terms, yes. If you want to get more out of your garden though there are many subjects you should be familiarizing yourself with. Near the top of the list is understanding soil pH. If your soil pH is off it can severely hinder the uptake of important nutrients by your plants resulting in smaller, unhealthy plants and low crop yields.
Learn more from Lone Star Farmstead Here
Homesteading? There’s an App for That! By The Coastal Homestead
Have a gardening question, plant id, when to harvest? There’s an app for that!
In the long history of electronic revolution; farming, gardening and homesteading is one thing that has seen very little change over time. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it- right? It comes as no surprise that mobile technology has yet to follow suit the same as it has in other areas of development, but times are changing
Read more from The Coastal Homestead here
R= Raised Beds
Raised Bed Garden: What to do in Later Spring by Homestead Lady
Raised bed garden, lasagna garden, year round garden and whatever your zone, these tips for “later spring” gardens will work for you. Simply adjust up or down as many weeks as you need to account for your last frost date for your area. I’m in zone five, so if you’re in zone ten, you’ll need to do quite a bit of adjusting, fyi. I’m also including my review of The Organic Canner, by Daisy Luther, in this post because this book helped inspire me to make more concrete growing plans in the garden this year. I know I want to make some of her recipes and put them up, so I’m figuring out what and how much to plant
Read more from Homestead Lady Here
What is a Raised Bed Garden by About Home
Raised beds are popping up all over the place this time of year. Wood planks fit together into squares are all over our neighbors’ gardens, yards, and even patios! Some couple it with traditional rowed gardens, while others have replaced it entirely. So why the move toward raised beds? What are the pros and cons? And what even is raised bed gardening in the first place? Let’s take a walk through a raised bed garden to see if it’s for you.
Read more from About Home Here
R= Rooftop Gardens
About Green Roofs by Green Roofs for Healthy Cities
A green roof system is an extension of the existing roof which involves a high quality water proofing and root repellent system, a drainage system, filter cloth, a lightweight growing medium and plants.
Green roof systems may be modular, with drainage layers, filter cloth, growing media and plants already prepared in movable, often interlocking grids, or loose laid/ built-up where each component of the system may be installed separately. Green roof development involves the creation of “contained” green space on top of a human-made structure. This green space could be below, at or above grade, but in all cases the plants are not planted in the “ground’. Green roofs can provide a wide range of public and private benefits.
To read more from Green Roofs for Healthy Cities click here
S= Seed Starting
Seed Starting for Biodiversity, Pest Control, and Fun! by Common Sense Homesteading
All the seed orders have arrived, so I have no more excuses not to get starting seeds. I have a pretty good sized garden (not as big as some of my friends – wow!), about an acre or so. It’s a bit of a crazy quilt. I like to plant a lot of different things – vegetables, flowers, herbs, all jumbled together.
IT’S FUN! – Why grow only russet potatoes when you can grow potatoes that are purple, yellow and red? Why grow only red, ping pong ball tomatoes when you can grow tomatoes that pink, purple, green-striped, yellow, orange, white, turban-shaped, sausage-shaped – there are literally thousands of options. The garden starts humming with pollinators early in spring as the companion plants lure in beneficial insects, and keeps humming until hard frost. The scents, the colors, the flavors – it’s lovely!
To learn more from Common Sense Homesteading click here
S= Spiral Gardening
How to Build a Herb Spiral by Little Mountain Haven
WHY BUILD A HERB SPIRAL? First off they are a very beautiful feature in your garden, and it’s a wonderful way to have all your culinary or medical herbs in one place. What makes herb spirals unique is their design to maximize space while creating different little micro climates which create extra heat or shade for different herb preferences. From Mother earth News: ‘Some plants, such as many of the Mediterranean herbs, need dry, sandy soil conditions, while others require a moist, bottomland type of soil. The herb spiral accommodates these needs, as it is designed to have different soil conditions at different parts of the spiral. The top is a warm, dry area that gets plenty of sun. The bottom is cool, shady and moist. The middle is, well, in between the two. Herbs that need drier soil drain easily, and plants that desire moister conditions receive water that flows from above.’Read more from Little Mountain Haven here
Did You Miss Reading A-N?
Gardening Ideas from A-Z Part 1 Here
Gardening Ideas from A-Z Part 2 Here
Gardening Ideas from A-Z Part 3 Here