Learn to Use Wood Ash as Fertilizer and Compost

Close up of a garden trowel being used to spread ash between rows of lettuce seedlings.

Wood Ash Minerals and Trace elements enhance Plant Health and Growth Wood ash is a good source of lime and potassium for your garden as well as many other trace elements that benefit plants. It is best used in moderation, scattered lightly and well mixed into your compost. Wood ash produces salts and lye and … Read more

How to Measure and Adjust pH in Garden Soil

A soil pH meter is used to check the ph level of soil in grow bags.

The pH refers to the amount of hydrogen ions present in soil, and lets gardeners know just how acidic or alkaline their garden is. While some plants thrive in a certain type of soil, they all have a preferred pH range. Learn how to test and adjust your soil, then use our pH range chart to plant gardens that thrive!

Benefits of Toads and Frogs in the Garden

A toad crawls among succulents in a rock garden.

The Case for Having Frogs and Toads in the Garden Frogs and toads are amphibious hopping, croaking bug-eating critters that are of great value to any yard or garden. Frogs have smooth, sometimes slimy skin that is near the green and yellow-green area of the color spectrum. Toads have bumpy dry skin and are generally … Read more

How to Plant and Grow Collard Greens

Close-up view of a fresh collard green plant growing in the garden.

In this article you will learn how to successfully grow collard greens. You’ll also learn about companion planting with collard greens and how it can make the growing process easier. From trouble shooting to using the correct fertilizer, you’ll find it here. Table of Contents Growing Collard Greens Planting Collard Greens What Fertilizer to Use … Read more

5 Best Hydroponic Flowers to Grow

Close up of a red and yellow marigold flower.

Any plant that can be grown in soil can also be grown hydroponically, flowers are no exception. Some flowers can be quite lucrative to produce, such as Saffron, while other are grown strictly for personal satisfaction. Many of the hydroponic flowers are also culinary and medicinal herbs, and some simply have aesthetic value for their … Read more

The Hydroponic Radish: How to grow High-Quality Radishes Indoors

Fresh hydroponically grown radishes on wooden table.

Radishes are a rapidly maturing cool weather crop. They are among the easiest vegetables to grow – either in soil or hydroponically. There are a few basic practices that should be adhered to and some simple tips to ensure an abundant and continuous flow of radishes. Hydroponic Radish Quick Reference Nutrient pH for Hydroponic Radishes should … Read more

Raspberry Companion Plants: 7 Raspberry Companions

A branch with bright red raspberries ready for harvest.

“Companion Planting is the growing together of all those elements and beings that encourage life and growth; the creation of a microcosm that includes vegetables, fruits, trees, bushes, wheat, flowers, weeds, birds, soil, microorganisms, water, nutrients, insects, toads, spiders, and chickens.” – John Jeavons – How to Grow More Vegetables Than You Ever Thought Possible Raspberries … Read more

How to Grow Hydroponic Mint: No Soil, No Problem

Mint plants growing hydroponically in a pipe setup.

There are over 500 types of mint, botanists define slightly less than 30 species with the remaining 400+ being hybrids of these primary species. Common characteristics of all mint plants are the volatile and essential oils that create their hallmark menthol aroma and flavor. Another common characteristic of most mint plants is that they thrive … Read more