Composting can take your backyard garden to the next level, turning organic waste material into a rich and renewable soil amendment—for free! There are as many types of composting as there are home gardeners. Check out our guide below to see which method matches your own gardening style and get started making your own “black gold”—homemade, harvest-enhancing compost.
Bursting withbackyard garden ideasbut need to stay on a budget? We hear you! With so many great gardening tools and accessories out there, it can be easy to forget that it doesn’t take all that much to get a garden growing. In fact, to be a backyard gardener,you don’t even need a backyard.
Red leaf, radicchio, romaine, and more. With such an abundance of delicious and nutritiouslettuce varietiesavailable, it can be challenging to choose just one to grow in your garden. The good news is thatcultivating lettuceis almost as simple as sprinkling seeds (one of the reasons they are simply the perfect succession plant)so you can try and taste a new type of lettuce almost any time you like!
We asked the thousands of home gardeners in our Facebook group what they wish they had known before they dug into a lifetime of gardening. The result? A bumper crop of tips for beginning gardening from a diverse, experienced, and generous group of folks that want first-time growers to fall in love with growing your own vegetables the way they did
One of the problems you may run into with growing your own food is simply having too much of it! You can only eat and give away so much, so an alternative is canning or preserving it! By canning your own fruits and veggies, you can save money and learn how to be almost completely self-reliant concerning food. When you really break it down, canning is just food science. When you preserve food, you are basically freezing time.
Dig down in your backyard a few inches and take a good look at your garden soil. Is it dark brown and crumbly or heavy reddish clay? Rocky or slightly sandy? There are so many different types of soil across regions, climates, and even different parts of your property. And there are many more distinctions within soil we can’t see: PH levels, vitamins and nutrients, beneficial microbes, and possibly pests, blights, and even dangerous contaminants. Before you plant, start your soil preparation—and Pinetree Garden Seeds can show you how.
So, the hard part is over, right? Getting seeds to germinate and keeping them alive long enough to admire them is a rush… but now what to do? They’re going to keep getting bigger, and we know that the small peat pots they’re in aren’t going to do the trick forever. Well, this is where transplanting comes in.
If you have ever visited the agricultural exhibits at your county or state fair and wondered how to grow giant pumpkins, our guide below can take you from planting pumpkin seeds to a first-place finish this fall. The secret? Choosing the right variety of pumpkin seeds—and committing to hands-on gardening techniques to pile on the pounds.
When gardening, it’s a known fact that you will have successes as well as failures. The failures can be caused by some sort of outside force that you have no control over (cat digging up your seedlings, a tray of tiny green shoots getting knocked off the table by accident, etc.), but it can also be caused by the things you do have control over. Overwatering, under watering, not enough light, and more. These mistakes are very common, and not something to feel bad about!
Everyone has their favorite gardening seed go-to's. At Pinetree Garden Seeds, we always try to keep things fresh by planting new types of seeds each year alongside our more popular garden vegetable seeds. Try some of our more unique garden seeds, like organic and heirloom rutabaga seeds, parsnip seeds, gourd seeds, and see what happens in your garden!
As a home gardener, you already know that gardening positively promotes what you eat, how you spend your time and the way you interact with the landscape. But do you also know how the seeds you select can help increase pollinator populations?