How To Deal With Armyworms (Zone 9 – Central Florida)

Something happened this weekend while we were camping. I left the house with a raised bed full of kale, spinach, beans and tomatoes and I came back to this swiss-cheese-esque MESS. After examining the plants a little closer, I came face to face with dozens (maybe hundreds? maybe millions?) of tiny black caterpillars hiding on […]

5 Reasons NOT To Garden With Kids

Having one – or many – little kids running around provides an additional complication for a wannabe gardener. I  know from first hand experience what it’s like to garden with kids since my children were 2 and 4-years-old when I started my first garden. Yes, gardening is an awesome way to get free produce. But gardening can be messy. Gardening […]

Bolting: Why Is My Lettuce Growing Flowers?

I had an interesting development in my mixed greens garden bed this week. My lettuce grew flowers. From the top of each plant were long stems with tiny buds. Every day is a new adventure in my garden, but this new growth threw me for a loop. After some research, I realized my lettuce was […]

How To Deal With Tomato Hornworms

This post contains affiliate links. I’ve learned one unexpected lesson during my first tomato season – growing organic fruit is not for people who are afraid of creepy crawly, science fiction-type creatures! Traditional tomatoes are treated with dozens of pesticides – and I get it now. If you’ve seen the things I’ve seen, you’d be tempted to […]

How To Use Mushroom Dirt In Your Garden

Before starting a garden, I thought dirt was dirt. But there is so much more to preparing the dirt to grow beautiful produce. Don’t believe me? Just do a quick search on the Internet. It’ll make your head spin! It’s true that some people are fortunate enough to live in areas with rich soil where gardening consists […]