Raised beds are great for growing veggies in for several reasons. 1. That perfect garden soil that you will so painstakingly create will stay put! Clay invades every in-ground flower bed I have which is great for natives but not so much for vegetables. 2. A raised bed is raised. That’s a whole 12″ less […]
Planting flowers in the garden is very important. If you didn’t do it when you installed your garden, I will convince you why you should do it now. A bee needs to visit a flower 7-8 times to pollinate it so you need to do all you can to draw that pollinator to your vegetables […]
Disclaimer: We have had luck with growing spuds in trash cans but even more luck in ground. This is the result from several years of trying both methods back to back. You can successfully grow potatoes in a raised bed. They take up a bit of room and need some extra time to grow than […]
Stay tuned for a Hope Gardens Winter Juice/Smoothie Garden Plan. Get our the juicer! This makes 3 glasses of juice. Lasts in the fridge 2 days. MY FAVORITE GREEN JUICE 6 large kale leaves 2 large fuji apples 2 lemons 2-3 fingers fresh ginger 1 red pepper 2 broccoli stems 2 large cucumbers 6 leaves […]
1. Homegrown food tastes better. Plain and simple. Here’s why: the food you grow at home is fresher, and in season, which delivers better taste. And then there’s the “oh, so THAT is what this is supposed to taste like” moments. 2. You will be healthier. You can eat foods at the height of their […]
Composting is confounding to a lot of people. Let’s see if we can clear the air and get everyone composting by answering some common questions. Will my compost bin smell? This is the most common question I get. There are people who dedicate the better part of their lives to their compost bin. They take […]
Plant, harvest and prepare radishes with this handy how-to guide. HOW TO PLANT & HARVEST Radishes are winter veggies. Plant them from September-April. Radish seeds are fairly big which makes them easy to handle. Radishes are great for kids for this reason, and they germinate quickly (as soon as 4 days!) and are ready for […]
Kale, like other greens, can be juiced with carrots and pureed raw in fruit smoothies…and hardly tasted by children and the green-phobic. Here’s a great recipe for kale chips from www.food-loves-wine.com. Follow Sara on Twitter too. http://twitter.com/#!/foodloveswine.
To prepare Swiss Chard, after cleansing well, pull leaves away from thick stalks. Chop the stalks up and then tear the leaves in smaller pieces.