Topdressing Lawns

The best single time of the year for top dressing lawns is in the fall for cool season grasses and in the spring for warm season grasses. I’m writing from Montana so we have cool season grasses here. This also allows you to combine other cultural practices such as core aeration and over-seeding with the…

Wintertime Composting: Composting in ALL Weathers

Fall is a great time for composting, because everything from summer’s garden combines with the dying organic matter from trees and shrubs. But even when the organic matter of autumn is used up there’s still organic material, such as kitchen scraps, that need to be composted. And the benefits of continuing to compost that organic…

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Starting Seeds Indoors: The Importance of Light

Beginning seeds indoors is a fun way to get the garden going early; imagine being able to extend the harvest of springtime plants; imagine being able to put out the tomatoes and cucumbers that have grown to a full foot-high at the annual Memorial Day planting session. All that work, usually, begins indoors. The indoor…

Cold Frame Gardening: Extend the Grow Season into the Winter Season

Montana has a short growing season. But there is a way to extend the gardening season—obviously, not for all types of vegetables—that works well for some types of greens and root vegetables. Basically, everything that grows well in the spring and fall months can be grown in the winter months within the confines of a…

Soil PH: What It Means for Your Garden, and How to Monitor It

Sometimes our vegetable plants, backyard trees and shrubs, and even potted flowers can suffer from what appears to be disease or other type of similar affliction, but the real problem can be a PH imbalance in the soil itself. Every plant in the world has its own preferred range of soil acidity, and that acidity…

Flowers and Vegetables: Plant Together to Achieve a Well-Balanced Garden

Oftentimes in gardens we think to plant flowers with other flowers and shrubbery and we plant vegetables with other vegetables. But when you plant the two together you get both beautiful natural aesthetics and a healthier garden. Here’s why… Attract Beneficial Insects Bees are a gardener’s best friend; you could almost say that the bee…