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Whether you want to grow plants indoors or outdoors, I’ve got you covered.
Much of the advice here is suited to four-season cold climate gardens (USDA and Canadian hardiness zones 4 to 8). Some things may work for colder areas and I have no experience with hotter areas.
I have been gardening for many years and do my best to work with nature—not against it.
This means I grow organically, and, to keep it frugal, start a lot of plants from seed and expand on what thrives in this environment.
Here in Ontario, Canada (zone 6b), I grow vegetables, fruit, flowering perennials, trees, and shrubs. I also have two small ponds and welcome the wild things that gather there.
You can see a yearly photo tour of my garden here.
I produce as much compost as I can to enrich the soil (an ongoing struggle) and avoid all short-term fixes including sprays.
Free Online Tools
Soil Calculator | Use this free tool to estimate the amount of soil, potting mix, mulch, or compost needed for your garden bed, raised beds, window box, or flower pots.
Garden Name Generator | Use this fun tool to find your garden’s true name. It’s creative and,dare we say, poetic, and gives ideas for garden signs.
- How to Grow Avocado From Seed | If you’ve been trying to root avocado seeds by suspending them over a glass of water with toothpicks, there is an easier way. I’ll show you a no-fuss way to root avocado pits to create new houseplants.
- How to Grow Pothos From Cuttings | This simple tutorial shows how to take cuttings from your pothos houseplant (Epipremnum aureum) and root them for new plants.
- How to Grow Mango From Seed | This easy method shows how to grow a mango tree from seed using a mango from the grocery store. Eat the mango, save the seed, and follow these simple steps to grow it into a plant.
- Four Easy Ways to Overwinter Geraniums | There are several ways to overwinter geraniums (Pelargoniums) from your garden. With some newspaper, a cardboard box, paper bag, or a sunny windowsill, you can keep these tender perennials for the winter and have fresh blooms next spring and summer. I’ll walk you through the options and provide winter care tips.
- How to Grow Pineapple From the Top | Yes, you can grow a pineapple plant from the top of the fruit. This shows you how to prepare the fruit, take the right cutting, and root it in water for a new plant.
- Seasonal | Spring | Summer | Fall and Winter
- Seasonal Garden Tasks | A year-round checklist
- Flower Growing Guides | Tips for popular plants
- Vegetable Growing Tips | Grow food anywhere
- Garden Fundamentals | Basics for new growers and garden folklore
- Frugal & Organic Garden Tips | Save money: kind to earth
- Pruning and Deadheading | When to snip and clip
- Plant Lists | Handy idea lists
- Ponds and Water Features | Water is life!
2Plant Propagation Tips
- Houseplants | Tropical plants and succulent care
- Indoor Food Growing | Veggies and herbs
- Winter-Busting Indoor Garden Projects
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~Melissa the Empress of Dirt ♛