Encouraging Words For New Gardeners

As a new gardener it is hard to not get caught up in what everyone else is doing in their garden, especially on social media. Not to mention all the comparisons that happen, often between a new gardener and someone who has taken years to build up their garden experience. You may not know which…

Some of My Favorite Garden Green Varieties

Growing greens in the garden is a fantastic way to cut down on food miles and plastic packaging. It is also a fantastic way to add great flavor to meals or salads. Fresh garden greens taste nothing like what you find in the grocery store, they just plain taste better. I attribute this to being…

5 Tips For Choosing What To Grow In Your Kitchen Garden

When you are just starting out as a new gardener it can be quite overwhelming to try to decide what to grow in the space you have. Most of us are growing in smaller spaces and must choose wisely what will take a spot in our garden. Below are 5 tips for choosing what to…

Growing An Autumn Garden

Autumn may be one of my favorite times to garden. Our hot summers come to an end and with that pest pressure and disease lesson. It’s also a time to revisit those things we love about a spring garden. Usually by the time we start to harvest from our autumn garden, we are really tired…

Gardening In The Heat Of Summer

Within the Arc of Seasons, as taught in the Gardenary method of gardening, July and August are considered the hot season here in the Denver Metro area. The hot season consists of temperatures ranging from 70°F – 90°F. Each season has specific plant families that grow well and others that struggle or are unable to…

June Gardening Tasks

June in my growing area is considered warm within the “Arc of Seasons” method of looking at the year. Arc of Seasons is something I learned in my Garden Coach and Kitchen Garden training courses through Gardenary, taught by Nicole Burke. In the Arc of Seasons temperature ranges are broken up into four distinct seasons:…

Gardening Tips For Growing In Small Spaces

One of the biggest misconceptions about growing food is that you need acres of land to feed your family. This can be true if you are trying to grow 100% of your families food, but that can be unrealistic for a lot of families without considerable planning and life arranging. If definitely can be done,…

My Top Two Favorite Organic Soil Amendments

Amending your soil is a must of you want to have healthy, rich, living soil that nourishes your plants so they grow their best. When you grow plants, whether it’s food, flowers or herbs, they use up nutrients in the soil that need replacing for the next round of plantings. When it comes right down…

Cold Hardy & Frost Tolerant Vegetables

Once you learn what vegetables, fruits and herbs grow in which season, gardening will become much easier. When it comes to cool season vegetables, there is a range of temperatures vegetables can grow in. With the Gardenary method of kitchen gardening, the cool season temperatures range from 35 to 65°F. As a certified Gardenary Garden…

What I’m Doing In The Garden This Week

This week I am prepping for the fall garden by pulling plants, adding compost and sowing seeds. The way I decide what plants to “pull” is based on a few key factors. (By pulling plants I mean cutting them at the soil level and leaving the roots to decompose feeding the soil from below.) I…

3 Harvesting Tips For Maximum Flavor and Texture

One major problem I see in the gardening world is people putting so much time and effort into growing their gardens, but not harvesting enough from them or at all. If you struggle with knowing when to harvest your food in the garden these 3 tips should help you get started.  Size– If you are…