When I first started building my garden and raised beds, I ordered several bulk bags of garden loam and bark mulch. The bags are made of a sturdy, heavy-duty fabric, and I didn’t want to just throw them away, so I had to give some thought as to how I could use them. I decided to recycle the bulk bags into flexible raised beds in which I could grow potatoes and carrots. What this gave me were three extra raised beds with very little effort.
Although you may hear the term "master gardener", there is no one right way to grow your garden. For all gardeners out there, the surefire way to learn how to garden is by conducting experiments — by setting a hypothesis, testing it, and recording your results in a gardening journal.
Start your dream garden as you would any project — with a project plan. If you break down your end goal into step-by-step tasks, you will see your dream come to fruition in no time.
Building raised garden beds for your garden does not need to be expensive. Here is how I built a number of raised beds in my garden for the cost of one box of wood screws.
Building raised beds is a popular pastime among gardeners, and it isn’t hard to see why. We’ll show you how to build your own!
Weeks after graduating high school, I was accidentally shot in the neck by a 14-year-old boy playing with a rifle in his home. This injury left me a quadriplegic. After months of hospitals and rehab, my desire for growing things began to reignite and I started with houseplants and a terrarium. That grew to lettuce and tomatoes on the patio. It doesn't matter if you plant something but have to have help somewhere along the way before your produce reaches the table. What is important is that you be involved in what you eat.
A list of my 2016 vegetable catalogs that carry heirloom varieties, along with the veggies I chose for this year.
With hardwood logs and a tractor, House in the Woods Farm set up these easy raised garden beds. Here's how to make raised beds for your herb garden or vegetable plot.
Raised-bed design successfully diverts water away from veggie plants.
My garden started out as just a need for feeding my family in the summer months. Over time, it not only needed to feed my family, but needed protection from various critters—including backyard chickens—that inhabit my yard. Learn how to construct raised beds, install shade cloth and build a fence to protect your plants.
A good vegetable garden doesn't have to be expensive. Here is a step-by-step description of how one family was able to build a paved, raised vegetable garden for under $200.
Prepare simple hugelkultur beds utilizing organic materials found onsite. Use fallen trees, branches, pine needles, leaves and other organic material to build raised beds now for planting in the fall.
Want a worry-free, weed-free, organic-matter-rich vegetable garden bed? It is doable and fall is the best time to put it in action!
Asheville has a long history of attracting people searching for a tranquil place for personal retreats and wellness. For Day 3, it’s time to chill, revitalize ourselves and do some rebalancing of our mind, body and spirit on a health and wellness tour.
Starting a new vegetable garden bed doesn't have to be a long, tedious, back breaking job. There are a few different ways to get the job done quickly and relatively easily!
This blog post tells you how to set up a drip irrigation system in a raised bed garden.
A well-thought-out garden design will make your work enjoyable and manageable and will encourage the gardener's presence and attention.
A mortarless rock-wall raised garden bed is easily constructed with simple tools and adds long-lasting natural beauty.
When it comes to your health and well-being your bed is the most important furniture choice you will make. This article describes why and how to choose the healthiest bed options for you and your family.
Our bedroom should be a sanctuary where our body repairs as we sleep soundly but is your bedroom as healthy as it could be?
Hugelkultur is nothing more than making raised garden beds filled with rotten wood. This makes for raised garden beds loaded with organic material, nutrients, air pockets for the roots of what you plant, etc.
A single, volunteer potato produces 10 pounds of potatoes in a hot bed. A recipe for addictive, oven-fried potatoes.
A family comes together to transform an everyday grain bin into a great new space for a Bed and Breakfast.
Cam is trying to extend his growing season with DIY greenhouse structures.
Wireless temperature control mattresses and pads offer a dream come true for restless sleepers.
Eggs aren't the only things that come from the business end of a chicken. But with a little time and materials, and even less ingenuity, the rest can set you up with a free and steady supply of valuable organic fertilizer.
How to quickly and easily make a soothing herbal tea blend for children, plus bags and boxes to hold it.
Choose chemical-free organic bedding to start off the new year with healthy rest in a healthy bedroom.
With a few simple tips, you can transform the leaves overtaking your yard into valuable, nutrient-dense compost, mulch or leaf mold.
To give your bedroom a boost, consider new paint suited to your personality. AFM Safecoat's Ayurveda Essence line allows you to choose colors based on your dosha, or personality type, within Ayurveda, the ancient Indian medicinal system.
How-To Build a Hoop House; a collection of resources for growers.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS Associate Editor Shelley Stonebrook offers tips for building permanent garden beds and paths. Shelley presented her workshop “10 Great Ways to Make Gardening Easier” at the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR in Puyallup, Wash.
“Bed bugs” are small nocturnal insects that feed on blood. Here are some tips for keeping them out of your home, and for getting rid of them--without using toxic pesticides/insecticides--if they do show up.
Simran Sethi discusses easy (and free) ways to reduce your water footprint.
Simran Sethi writes about the importance of eco-friendly mattresses, bed frames, and bedding.
Simran Sethi interviews Tom Kostigen about water waste and conservation.
The new website offers the home gardener an expanded product selection of useful garden products.
For anyone who has ever wanted to build a raised garden bed, but didn't have the tools, know-how, time or potentially the space, former teacher Jill Plumb invented the M Brace, an easy, eco way to build raised garden beds without tools.
The community garden in East Harlem, Chenchita's Garden, is beginning to take shape.
Readers share tips and tricks for taking care of winter garden beds.
Recommendations for building a wooden bed frame and how to customize the plans.
Organic gardening expert advises on whether to build raised beds for a new garden.
Digging up places for new garden beds can take a long time. The sooner you start, the better!
This photographic illustration shows how permanent gardens beds are beneficial, and prevent soil compaction.
Participate in our reader photo contest by showing off pictures of your permanent raised garden beds.