Famous Female Organic Gardeners Inspiring Us All!

Sometimes, there are misconceptions about gardening. Some people think gardening is for the elderly or for men or for people who want to “be green.” But that’s just not true.

Anyone can be a gardener and for any reason. Maybe you just want to create something beautiful but lack the ability to paint. Maybe you just need to relax and want to be closer to nature. Or maybe you just want to try to make the world a better place.

Here are a few women that you will probably recognize for accomplishments not pertaining to gardening. But they are also making their mark in the world with their beautiful organic gardens.

Kim Wilde. Photo copyright www.independent.co.uk

Kim Wilde.
For many people who were teens in the 1980s, the name Kim Wilde doesn’t exactly scream “organic gardener.” You are probably remembering her for her English pop songs like “Kids in America” and “Chequered Love.”

She is still active in the music world but after she became pregnant with her first child, she decided that she wanted to create a garden for her children. This led to advancing into new career opportunities. Continue reading

Top 5 Historic Gardens Going Organic!

Gardens are a beautiful piece of history that we can often still enjoy today. From the plantation gardens in the southern part of the United States to the palaces around the world with acres and acres filled with breathtaking views of flowers, trees, and everything in between these places are often a snapshot of times long passed.

Many of these historical gems have or are becoming organic gardens, giving them a more modern feel. They are ridding the natural beauty of harmful pesticides and other chemicals that not only damage the earth but also can be extremely harmful to those who simply want to enjoy being close to nature. Here is a list of the top 5 historic organic gardens.

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Best Gifts For The Organic Gardener!

Any gardener appreciates a gift that will help in the garden. Organic gardening tends to be a little costly at first, until the garden starts to thrive, and a little help with things to enhance the garden would be a great help for any organic gardener.

The following are some gifts to be found just about anywhere that will make gardening a little easier.

Organic Seeds

Many different garden companies sell certified organic seed and tomatoes are a big favorite. The organic gardener is always ready to try new things even if it is a new type of pepper or pole bean. Baker Creek has heirloom seeds from over 70 countries and D. Landreth Seed Company has unusual seeds. Continue reading

Protect Your Garden From Frost

Frost warnings usually send shivers down the backs of gardeners. A good frost can kill plants outside in a wink of an eye and they occur in the fall and the spring.

Find out when frost is most likely to occur in your area with a Frost Dates Calculator found on the internet.

This will give you a good idea of when to worry. Your local news station will most likely broadcast frost warnings too, so watch your 10 or 11 PM news.

It is vital that plants be protected from frost or they will die. Temperatures below 32 degrees are devastating to plants and even 40-degree temperatures can damage tender plants.

What Is Frost?

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Space Saving Garden Tips!

Many home gardeners have a limited amount of space in which to grow a garden. Having an acre or two is a luxury most people do not have. What they do have is a tiny little city lot where their house takes up most of the space.

There may be room for a swing set and sand box for the kids, but a large garden is out of the question. Continue reading

How to Attract and Keep Earthworms in Your Garden

Earthworms are essential to a healthy garden. They are but one type of organism in the soil that turn waste into black gold or rich soil. They also tunnel through the soil and bring oxygen to the roots of any plants in the garden.

They loosen the soil so that roots have an easier time growing through it. They eat organic matter and their output is called castings, which are very rich and full of nutrients considered a natural fertilizer.

Attracting worms to the garden only makes your garden grow bigger and better. There are several ways to make worms at home in your garden. Continue reading

Indoor Window Garden!

You can still garden if you live in an apartment with no balcony or yard or if you live in an area that gets cold in the winter and you want a winter garden. Modern technology is making it very easy to maintain a garden indoors or on a window sill.

You just need the right equipment and you must choose the right type of plants to grow.

Window sill gardens are perfect for the kitchen window. The best thing to grow in them are herbs to be used in cooking. It is wonderful to walk over to the windowsill garden, pull off a little thyme and throw it in the stew cooking on the stove, Dry herbs are great flavor enhancer, but fresh herbs have an even better flavor. Continue reading

How Do Self Watering Planters Work?

In many cases, self watering planters and containers are very beneficial especially if you live in a dry zone or are prone to forget to do the watering of the garden. The way self-watering containers work is that there is a reservoir at the bottom of the container that holds enough water for a long period of time.

The plant receives water from the reservoir through a channel of soil that works as a wicking agent pulling the water up through capillary action.

How Does It Work?

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Balcony Gardening Tips!

Balcony gardens are a good option for those that live in apartments, and love to garden. Most plants including vegetables, flowers, herbs and some fruits grow beautifully out on a balcony during the summer months.

Balcony Gardening Requirements.

One of the most important requirements in starting a balcony garden is to assess how much sun the plants get. A good 6 to 8 hours is necessary so that flowers bloom, vegetables produce and herbs stay healthy. Some balconies are just not situated in the right direction to get that much sun, or they may be shaded by trees and other buildings. Continue reading

Making Money Microfarming!

Can you make money microfarming? Well, decades ago, the only way to make money from agricultural pursuits was to invest the time and money necessary to build up a major farm operation.

But these traditional, sprawling farms are beginning to become less and less common. In their place is rising a new trend, and it’s providing average hobbyists with opportunities to pursue their passion while potentially making some money along the way.

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