Gardening Made Easy With Straw Bales!

Image credit: Ruth Temple @ Flickr Gardening can be tricky even when you are graced with good soil, but what if you’re dealing with unpleasant growing conditions? Or does the very idea of endless weeding give you a backache? Starting a straw bale garden this spring may be the answer to all your gardening prayers. This method of gardening uses bales of straw as your garden beds — with no soil — and is a versatile,…

Save bees by holding back on the mowing, gardeners urged

Gardeners should leave at least a strip of their lawn un-mowed this summer to help halt the decline in bees, experts have said. Perfectly manicured grass is depriving the crucial pollinating insects of the wildflowers they need to feed on, according to the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH). A major study by the organization, published on Tuesday, shows wild bees and hoverflies have suffered widespread losses across the UK…

Secrets of Companion Planting + Popular Planting Combinations

Did you know that tomatoes hate cucumbers? While they might taste great together in a salad, tomato plants actually dislike growing in close proximity to any member of the cucurbit family, which includes cucumbers. Tomatoes love carrots and basil, however – so planting these together will actually make them each grow more vigorously! Planting your veggies in neat rows with labels is satisfying to the eye, and easier to harvest. However,…

Do’s and don’ts for early spring gardening

“A warm day in March can inspire a kind of madness in gardeners. It can cause them to burst out the door, desperate after months cooped up by cold and snow, and start work way too soon. “Be careful what you do right now,” said Sharon Yiesla, plant knowledge specialist at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle. “There are things it’s just too early for.” Here are some do’s and don’ts…

Spring Gardening Checklist

Spring will officially be here on March 20th and whether there’s still snow out where you are, or it’s already feeling like summer… Spring is a great time of year to start working on a few things in the gardening department. In March, in addition to starting seeds indoors, gardeners with cold frames (see season extension techniques) may use them either to start an early crop of greens (especially spinach)…

This Garden Planner makes urban gardening easy

Gardening can seem like a daunting task. When do you plant? What should you plant in your area? How can you effectively grow produce? When you start asking the questions, it may become too overwhelming to tackle. But don’t walk away from the idea of a balcony overflowing with greenery just yet, because the team at The Green Conspiracy understands your angst. The template allows the user to list what…

11 Essential Fall Planting Tips

1. At the nursery: Buy the best Look for plants that have healthy foliage and no roots creeping out of the nursery container’s bottom drain holes (which means they’re probably rootbound). 2. Small is smarter When you have a choice, buy little plants (in 4-inch nursery pots); they’re less expensive (usually under $5), easier to handle, and will catch up to the larger ones with winter rains. Smaller plants are…

Join UOG’s Monthly Seed Club, Just in Time for Spring!

Collect heritage seeds and GROW A GARDEN, ALL-Year-ROUND! Join the club that delivers you garden seeds at just the right time of the year to plant them – hand selected based on your garden specs. Start by telling us a little bit about your garden, preferences, and location. Then, each month we’ll send you a curated collection of heritage garden seeds. Now is the perfect time to join.Spring is right…

UK Gardener Grows Giant Organic Vegetables for Garden Shows

[embedded content] “Today I lifted my giant onions which have been growing for almost a year. They have been grown hydroponically in an RTA air-pot dripper system. There are a couple of things which I could have changed which could have altered the end result.” [embedded content] “Down on the allotment in the polytunnel I lifted my giant pot leeks for exhibition/show. This show requires 3 pot leeks 6 inches…

CropSwap is Hosting a FREE Seed Club Giveaway!

Our friends at CropSwap are hosting another giveaway! Enter to win a FREE 3 Month Subscription to our Monthly Seed & Garden Club. Entering is fast and easy! Just head on over to their Instagram page at https://www.instagram.com/cropswapapp/, to enter. Good-luck! To LEARN MORE about our Monthly Seed & Garden Club, please visit us at: https://urbanorganicgardener.cratejoy.com