We first learned about compost tea during a visit at a local nursery. There, they sold this super-nutrient plant food by the gallon, and it promised to help my ailing plants like no other prescription could do. Now that we know what it's good for, and have our own compost pile in the backyard, we're ready to make our own — it's cheap and easy, and it's like gold for plants!
You've decided this is the year to begin your very own garden. You have visions of mid-summer fresh, organic salads and home-grown pumpkins come fall. Maybe you've tried gardening in the past but got discouraged and gave up. Don't sabotage your garden. Try again and make sure your plans aren't dashed by these common pitfalls.
Hayseed's Big City Farm Supply is a pop-up shop located in Brooklyn, dedicated to urban farming and open now through June. You can find what you need to start a garden, as well as other homesteading sundries, like chicken and rabbit feed and beekeeping supplies. They also offer weekend workshops on subjects like Beekeeping, Backyard Livestock, Vermicomposting, and Garden Planning.
We're fans of composting here at Apartment Therapy, and we've shared a lot of tips and tricks over the years. Recently, Networx put together a pretty big list of items (81!) that you can throw into your compost bin. It's a good reference for beginners or for those looking to add more to their bins besides the usual vegetable scraps, egg shells and coffee grounds.
When I'm digging in my garden, I feel happy. I love the smell of freshly turned compost and the sight of rich, dark soil teeming with worms. Something about all that life in the earth makes me feel alive. I've always known that gardening is therapeutic, but I never knew that it could also be...pharmaceutic? Is dirt the new drug?
We're supposed to be in the thick of winter here on the East Coast, granted with temperatures in the 60's this week, it feels more like we're heading into spring. My garden seems to think so as well — I have daffodils and tulips peeking their heads out and one of my lilies looks like it just might bloom! The warm weather had me outside thinking about my garden, pondering my plans for this coming year, and a rain garden is definitely in order.
Taking down the holiday decorations is always a little bittersweet. I love the excess of the season's decor and when it is all gone, my home always tends to feel emptier than it was before they went up. But with the freshness of a clean sweep comes new possibilities and lots of opportunities to recycle the decorations into something useful.
In recognition of the holiday at hand (Thanksgiving), I wanted to share an interesting little e-book. Squanto's Garden is filling my head with ideas about the concept of a "three sisters"companion planting that I am finally going to try out next year.
I used to be an HGTV junkie, but felt that there was a lack of a real and useful 'G' in the 'HGTV' idea, so I lost interest long ago. So I am excited to see Urban Dirt, a new Youtube show, that has the same HGTV flavor, but really does share useful information and looks to have potential for exciting and inspiring garden design.