Edible Flowers from the Garden

  Nothing brightens up a salad or serves as a better garnish than edible flowers. Who can resist smiling when served a plate complete with the happy faces of some pansies or violas looking up at you? Many restaurants are taking advantage of this phenomenon and including chives, calendulas, clovers, nasturtiums and marigolds in their meals. If you want to truly astonish your guest at your next dinner party, it might be time to include some edible flowers in the menu.   There are actually quite a … [Read more...]

5 Container Gardening Tips to Successfully Grow Produce

  If your yard is not that big, container gardening is a good option! Container gardens can include flowers, fruits, vegetables, herbs, and even small trees and shrubs. Here are some tips to get you started on this year's container garden.   Assess Your Sunlight You need to take notes on how much area receives full sunlight and for how long each day. Some plants do better in shade than others. So, you need to know how much exposure your containers are going to receive before you start your seeds … [Read more...]

Smart Gardening with Vegetables in Michigan

  It is the beginning of the vegetable gardening season in Michigan, and one of the questions a new vegetable gardener may ask is, “Can I plant vegetable seeds and transplants in the garden yet?” The answer is not a simple yes or no because several factors need to be considered; however, there are some easy ways to gauge when it is a good time to plant.   To best determine planting times, consider these first: Frost-free dates for your area. (Keep in mind that the last frost dates are averages; … [Read more...]

Top 5 Garden Vegetables for Spring

We only have four days left until spring! All of you gardeners out there know that now is the time to get sprouting. There’s no better way to know where your food comes from than by growing it yourself. Seeds: Regardless of what crop you are growing, always choose organic, non-GMO varieties of seed. Recommended seed sources: - Bakers Creek - High Mowing - Seed Savers Exchange Gardening for Health: All vegetables are healthy for you in their own unique ways! We’ve put together a … [Read more...]