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The Ultimate Vegetable Planting Guide: How to Create a Thriving Garden

garden consultation Sep 12, 2022

Growing your own vegetables at home is a great way to save money and get closer to nature. For example, one tomato plant can give you 10 pounds of tomatoes over the course of the season. A Local Gardener can buy plants or start tomatoes and other favorite vegetables or herbs from seeds. See our Seed-Starting Blog for those details!

You'll also find that the taste and texture of garden-grown food are usually better than that of food from the grocery store. Also, taking care of your vegetable garden is a form of exercise! Learn how to grow the best vegetable garden with a professional Garden Consultation.

Size Matters

Start small if you're a beginner. It's better to be happy with what you get out of a small garden than to be frustrated by managing a large one. Also, you should learn the basics of gardening before expecting a miraculous harvest. Every loss will be a lesson. Every experience will bring you to a set of new choices. Grow well, then grow big.

Location, Location, Location


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10 Steps to Starting Your Edible Garden

 1. Look at your yard, this is vital. Look at it in the morning, midday, and afternoon. If you want, just sit in your yard for a day and if anyone asks, say you're working on your garden because it's the truth. You need to know where the sun hits in your yard. While you watching take note of where the sun hits at each point in the day. Placing your garden in the right place will set you up for success right away.

2. Once you've observed your yard, use the information you collected to find a spot that gets around 6 hours of direct sunlight. If you have to choose between shaded in the morning or shaded in the late afternoon choose the afternoon shade as this can be helpful in the peak of summer.

3. Make a plan. Before you put a shovel in the ground you need to make a plan for your garden. This will help you stay focused and motivated because you will have a clear goal. Your plan should include a garden layout; how every you want to organize your garden. Here at Edible Gardens, we...

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Top Foods to Grow For Preservation

Uncategorized Aug 29, 2022

Growing a garden full of foods you can eat now and preserve for later is a powerful thing, it increases your food security, and decreases your reliance on stores and the larger supply chain. It is also so healthy both while you are preserving and being able to eat from your garden during the winter. The act of harvesting and preserving your food takes time and can be a bit of a work out but I think that is part of the benefits. You are spending time being producing and keeping your mind and body active. The sense of accomplishment when you look over all you've stored is a reward in itself.

Below I will be discussing two categories of preservable foods, crops that are easy to store and last a long time, and crops that are easy to preserve through canning, freezing, or fermenting. Growing these crops will give you a level of control over what you eat not just in the growing months but in the winter months too and by storing food you are giving yourself independence from stores. In our...

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The Truth Behind 4 Common Home Garden Myths

Myths in the gardening world are problematic. They deter hopeful home gardeners and confuse new home gardeners by making it sound complicated! That's why today I want to discuss 4 common home gardening myths and the truth behind them! 

Dismiss the myths that are holding your garden back!

Myth #1: The best spot for your garden is a spot that gets sun all day.

A full day of sun for us can be as much as 10 -14 hours but your veggies and fruit don't actually need that much. In the farming world full sun means 6 hours of direct sun, and some plants like lettuce and do well in as little as 3 hours of sun. The best spot in your yard for a garden only needs 6 hours of direct sun and for many plants shade in the afternoon is beneficial. A bit of shade in your garden can help reduce issues like sun scald in peppers and tomatoes. It can also help reduce water loss, mid-day wilt, and high temperatures in the garden. If you do not have a good spot that gets both direct sun for 6 hours...

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How to Germinate Seeds

Uncategorized Aug 23, 2022

It feels like ages waiting for the seeds to sprout out of the ground. If you're lucky enough, you may be planting seeds that only take a few days to germinate. The question is, how can you germinate seeds quickly?

Hiring a professional gardener makes it easy as they always have helpful tips on germinating seeds in a jiffy. Regardless of the type of seed, these tips work effectively. They include:

#1. Choose the Perfect Timing

The main aim of seed starting is to prepare your seedlings to sprout in the best weather condition. Sometimes, the seed packet may tell you when to start planting your seeds. However, there is usually an advantage to growing your seeds indoors because they will sprout and grow very fast.

#2. Prepare a Quality Soil

It's best to use a sterile, lightweight potting mix to grow your seedlings. Best avoid using or reusing soil from your yard. Start with a blend of peat moss, perlite, and lime for example. It’s best to moisten your soil before filling your...

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Fall Cool Season Pests

As we head into fall most insects will start to find places to overwinter and be less active in the garden, that being said there are still plenty that will stick around to eat the last of the available harvest before winter sets in! Be on the look out for these fall garden pests to protect your fall harvest, and set yourself up for success next year! If you can stay on top of pest control in your garden and kill the insects before they can find a place to overwinter then you will reduce the number immerging in the spring to snack on you next seasons crops. To control these pests in your home garden the best management is physically removing them and killing them on sight!

Beet Armyworm are a caterpillar that loves bush beans in the fall so pay special attention to these and any cucurbits you may still have in your garden like squash, pumpkins, or melons. The larvae will eat the leaves and even the fruits of your plant as they mature. Be on the look out for the caterpillar but...

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7 Food Scraps to Regrow and Repurpose

The cool season is not far off and that means fall gardens are in! We all love free plants and this summer you may have had to purchase some cool season plants to supplement your garden so today I want to talk about how you can take the scraps of 7 common cool season plants and regrow them! I will walk you through how to regrow green onions, romaine lettuce, celery, carrot tops, bulb fennel, leeks, and herbs. 

What you'll need: 

- A container (glass preferable), this could be a cup or a dish 

- Fresh water 

- A sunny window is preferred but a bright indirect light will also work 

- Food scraps! 

You may have already dabbled in the art of regrowing food scraps; green onions are an easy and common way to start. 

1. Green Onion 

I am starting with green onions these are by far the easiest plants to regrow from grocery store scraps or from your own garden scraps. When you buy them at the store you get the whole plant but often only use the...

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Cool Season Planting: The basics


The cool season is just around the corner, and you can start getting your garden ready with these basics! It is time for lettuces, beets, swiss chard, cabbage, dill, and more!

To prepare you need to prune, clear, prep the soil, and pick your plants. Very soon we plan to release a Free Fall Challenge to walk you step by step through growing a fall garden so in this blog I just want to go over the basics.


Your summer garden should be winding down, plants will produce less, and be producing smaller fruit. The plants that are still producing can be pruned back to encourage the plant to put out their last fruit. Any dead or yellowing foliage can be cut away and put in your compost.


Clear away any dead or dying plants and any debris that may have built up in your garden. You want to clear as much soil space as you can in your beds for the new planting, but leave anything still producing, and give your garden a fresh start. 

Prep the Soil

Between growing seasons,...

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How to Take Advantage of Plant Sales

Uncategorized Aug 07, 2022

Plant sales are my favorite I love searching through and finding plants to take home and save. That being said, you have to know what you are looking for or you can end up with wasted money and dead plants.  

Rule Number 1: Only buy perennials 

Annuals won't be able to recover in time before the season ends but perennial will be able to establish itself enough to over winter and come back stronger the next year. This means that herbs are the perfect salvage plant or edible perennial flowers like beebalm. Shrubs and trees often take longer to recover from poor conditions but if you are willing to wait 3-5 years you won't be able to tell the difference.  

Rule Number 2: Don't buy a dead plant 

This might seem like an obvious rule but it's not always clear if a plant is dead or alive. When buying a rough looking plant check for signs of new growth, little light green leaves, new shoots. You can also check the roots, gently tip the plant out of the...

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Blossom End Rot Prevention

Planting, caring, pruning, and watering, growing your own vegetables takes time and effort but it is so worth it to harvest fresh and local produce. That is unless your beautiful vegetables fall prey to destruction like Blossom End Rot. The rot eats the fruit from the bottom up greatly reducing their quality and their palatability. What may be even more concerning than watching your beautiful tomato or pepper rot is knowing that blossom end rot affects the whole plant. It is not a disease or caused by a pest, Blossom End Rot is caused by a lack of calcium in the soil. If one fruit shows signs it is not uncommon for multiple more fruits on the same plant or in the same bed to also develop rot.

The Cause

Blossom End Rot is found in tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, melons, and peppers and is caused by a calcium deficiency in the soil. Plants need calcium just like people, they need it for cell structure and to fight pathogens with out calcium the cells can break down and rot. There are two...

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