No Comments

10 Tips to Getting Kids Hooked on Gardening

Guest Written by – Whitney from MIgardener Gardening with Kids! What kid doesn’t like to play in the dirt? I know mine do! I take advantage of this by getting them involved with our garden. Getting kids excited about gardening The following tips will get your kids excited about the gardening bug, and once they […]
No Comments

4 Tips I Learned From Experience For Any Beginning Gardener with Whitney from MIgardener

Hello there! My name is Whitney Carnecki. I am a wife, a mother to four awesome kids and a part of the MIgardener team. My husband Joe and I have had many different hobbies throughout our 22 years of marriage. Gardening and raising our own food is something we enjoy doing together. As a mother, […]
No Comments

The Difference Between GMO, Hybrid, Organic, and Heirloom Seeds

There is a lot of concern about where our food is coming from, and now where our seeds are coming from. How can we feel safe in our own gardens with so many people shouting out hit words like GMO-free seed, and hybrid seed, F1 hybrid, Organic seed, Heirloom Organic seed, and many other terms […]
14 Comments

How To Have a Weed Free Garden With No Work!

How To Have a Weed-Free Garden With No Work! Have you ever thought of a weed free garden and thought to yourself,  “impossible!“. Well think those thoughts no more. Hundreds of thousands of gardens go left and neglected because gardeners get discouraged by weeds. What I am going to explain in this blog post just […]
No Comments

5 Simple Ingredients to Fix Poor Draining Soil

Ways to Increase drainage in heavy and poor draining soil Soil needs to drain; when soil doesn’t drain there can be big problems in your garden, and can negatively impact the health of your plants. Some problems include runoff, which is when soil becomes compacted and water cannot penetrate the soil causing nutrients and precious […]
No Comments

Complete Guide to Composting

Compost is vital for the garden. It provides nutrients, gives good texture, fixes poor soil, retains water, buffers pH, and provides a home for billions and trillions of beneficial microbes and Fungi. Compost is a bit of an art, and it is certainly not something you can rush. The best soils on earth have taken […]
No Comments

3 Essential Oils To Protect your ENTIRE Garden

EASY Essential Oil Pest Deterrent  Everyone knows that to have an organic garden you are making a sacrifice for beautiful pest free garden in exchange for higher quality, healthier vegetables. This was the common thought until I discovered this super simple spray that is safe, cheap, quick, and most of all EFFECTIVE. This recipe is […]
No Comments

How to Test Your Soil Simply and for Free in Minutes!

Testing soil can be time consuming and expensive! Often times as gardeners we send in a soil sample to try and find out the quality of the soil, what the pH is, and what nutrients can be found. For a beginning gardener, this information is extremely valuable to know, and can truly mean the difference […]
No Comments

Benefits to Screening Compost and Potting Soil

Before planting, make sure your potting soil has been sifted or screened. Often times twigs, clods of dirt, and small rocks can be found in potting soil. This can damage root growth. The finer the potting soil the better, I always screen my potting mix with a 1/6 inch mesh screen to ensure the softest, fluffiest, cleanest medium […]
No Comments

Growing Guides For Growing Perfect Organic Vegetables

How to Grow Lettuce Spacing – 6 inches between plants Preferred NPK – 5-3-4 Optimal temperature – 50-65 *F Soil pH – 6.0-7.0 Soil type – Sandy loam Exposure – Partial/ full sun (5-7 hours) Planting method – Direct sow OR Start indoors 3 weeks before last frost Patio friendly: YES Video Growing Guide How […]
No Comments

Diversity Is The Best Organic Pest Control

Kind of seems like a weird concept to think about, but it is true. The diversity of a garden has scientifically been proven to be the best control method for garden pests. There is no need for even organic pesticides with this method, it is just letting nature do what is does best. So HOW […]
1 Comment

5 Great Organic Soil Amendments For The Home Gardener

Soil is an interesting thing, It is never the same! It can very from yard to yard even. Soil is the composition of sand, silt, and clay that is the universal growing medium for all plants. However soil is not complete without the fourth ingredient, and the one that makes soil growable – Organic matter. […]
2 Comments

10 Quick Tips For A Successful Patio or Apartment Garden

  10 quick tips for a successful patio garden 1. COMPOST Start with good compost! If there is any tip I could give anyone that is starting a patio garden, it would be growing medium! Soil soil soil! You need to focus on this step, because with any closed system garden (i.e. potted garden) you […]
2 Comments

The Role Of Epsom Salt In the Garden

                The Role Of Epsom Salt In The Garden          Epsom Salt a.k.a. Magnesium Sulfate is a nutrient that every gardener and their grandparent, and their grandparent's grandparent knew about. It was an old wives tale that Epsom salt could cure anything, and so farmers would see a nutrient deficiency […]
1 Comment

The Role Of Calcium In The Garden

 The Role Of Calcium In The Garden  Calcium is the most abundant mineral on earth. Every living cell is made up of calcium. In it's natural form it is chalky and white. Calcium can be in anything from Tums tablets to charcoal. Lime is another great source of calcium, but it is in a form plants […]
No Comments

The Role Of Potassium In The Garden

                          The Role Of Potassium In The Garden             Potassium is used in the garden as the plant soluble form called potash. It Is one the most commonly forgotten nutrients most likely that is because it is used by the symbol K, […]
No Comments

The Role of Phosphorus In The Garden

                The Role Of Phosphorus In The Garden          Phosphorus is a nutrient found in rocks. It is locked inside rocks, that slowly decay due to weathering. When the phosphorus is unlocked it is absorbed into water and can be used to feed plants and other living organisms. Phosphorus is interesting […]
No Comments

4 Great Organic Sources Of Nitrogen Found in Every Home

  4 Great Organic Sources of nitrogen for the garden   1. Grass clippings – When composted, grass contains about 3% nitrogen by weight 2. Coffee grounds – Used fresh or composted, coffee grounds contain about 5% nitrogen by weight 3. Manure – Rabbit, cow, horse, goat, sheep, and chicken manure are VERY high in nitrogen and can be anywhere from 4% […]
1 Comment

The Role of Nitrogen In The Garden

                            The Role Of Nitrogen In The Garden                Nitrogen is the most abundant gas. It makes up approximately 80% of the air we breath. Plants need Nitrogen to function, but cannot acquire the Nitrogen directly from […]
No Comments

5 Tips to Turn Food Scrap Waste Into Fertilizer For Plants

Millions of pounds of food is wasted each and every year, This is about 1/5 of the food we eat. Where does all that food go? The landfill. Instead of contributing to the toxic sludge that is found at the bottom of these trash heaps, Contribute in a positive way to growing more food in […]