Last year, I tried planting some simple herbs for the first time; this year, I decided to get serious and do some real vegetable container gardening! To fuel my motivation, I even took a workshop on organic balcony gardening through one of our local CSAs, Fresh City Farms. But first, I needed to clean up the rust and ugly of our apartment balcony…
This is Offbeat Home's archive of gardening posts.
Here in the U.S., we have a lot of deer. So many in my area that we often see them chilling by the side of the road like it ain't no thing. And for those of you who grow flowers in your garden, you might know that they enjoy eating the fine delicacy that is your colorful tulips. Here's my favorite way to keep them from chowing down.
Every spring I wish for a garden of my own, on my own little plot of land. Then one year, for my birthday, that guy I married suggested that he'd get me a plot at a community garden, citing my obsession with having my own garden one day. At first my reaction was "Aw, what a thoughtful idea." And then my reaction was that of dread. WTF, Megan?
Years ago, as a child, my mother and I grew nasturtiums and dipped the blossoms in chocolate. I didn't enjoy it much back then, as I didn't like the taste of them (tart, almost radish-y). But as an adult, I'm loving them.
I have a spot in my apartment building's courtyard where I buried our beloved family dog. I'd love to plant flowers or something over her final resting spot. The problem is that it's in deep shade. Got any recommendations for plants that grow well in deep shade?
Nowadays, homesteading is a cool new trend for city folks to "get back to nature." I want to encourage those of you interested in homesteading to give it a go! I spent my whole life on a homestead, before it was something trendy. Here are the things I learned from growing up on a homestead farm…
I started keeping bees two summers ago. Bees are fascinating creatures, and learning about their social lives — the workings of a hive, how they make group decisions, and how to help them thrive — has been a highlight of the last two years for me. Beekeeping is not a hobby for everyone, but beekeeping is definitely an awesome hobby!