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Fine Gardening Resources

Below are top resources on SparkPeople for Fine Gardening.

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A Beginner's Guide to Composting

When organic matter such as leaves, grass clippings and food scraps break down, you get compost, a dark, dirt-like "soil" that is rich in nutrients. Compost happens even without human involvement; for example, the leaves that fall on the fo...  Read more

Calculating the Cost of Growing Your Own Food

Many of us assume that a backyard vegetable garden can save us money, but is it really true? After investing in equipment, soil, seeds and water, do you really come out on top? The answer varies upon the size of your garden, whether you start yo...  Read more

Cultivating a Child-Friendly Backyard

Imagine that you are the same age as your child… What grade were you in? Who was your teacher? Your best friend? Favorite game? Imagine that you are outside… Did you have a place that you considered your own? A treehous...  Read more

An Introduction to Companion Planting

Companion planting, briefly, is the act of planting different crops in your garden in close physical proximity, based on the theory that they will help each other. The main use of this method is for deterring pests and disease without resorting to sy...  Read more

7 Things Your Seed Packet Can Tell You

The back of every commercially bought seed packet provides a basic how-do guide for growing that particular plant. Compiled with information on lighting, sowing depth and more, this article will help you decode what all of those gardening terms mean....  Read more

Excited to finish my first garden bed today. Hopin
Updated 4/16/2015 5:15:28 PM

Excited to finish my first garden bed today. Hoping to start the second one soon! ...even though I am megally sore from all the work(taking apart pallets)....  Read more

I also log it as gardening.
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I also log it as gardening....  Read more

exercise is fine -- but NO will power for food!!
Updated 4/9/2015 10:59:05 AM

For the last month I've gotten really into morning exercise classes -- at 3-4 classes a week of tough classes, I'm burning lots of calories and actually feeling mildly stronger. But I'm losing very little weight. Reason is simple: my family and fri...  Read more

Indoors or outdoors is fine; no matter where you e
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Indoors or outdoors is fine; no matter where you exercise, it still helps to reduce stress and improve your mood. I lift weights indoors, because the equipment for that is indoors. I prefer walking/runing outdoors, though (if pollen count is low)....  Read more

So what's everyone doing this fine Friday night? I
Updated 3/28/2015 7:28:04 AM

So what's everyone doing this fine Friday night? I'm folding my kids laundry, watching a show on Netflix. Gotta love a quiet night. :)...  Read more

Mulching the Garden Helps Me So Much!

I have started a herb garden in addition to my veggie garden[with flowers outlining it!] and since my hubby mulched the herb garden for me, those weeds are being stifled and much LESS showing UP! So, it's off to the garden supply store to get mulch f...  Read more

A Vision Garden

Today I planted myself a vision garden. I thought of the garden as a metaphor of sorts for my own journey of renewal. My garden symbolizes a fresh beautiful start in life... so, when I go out to tend my garden it serves as a reminder that I, much li...  Read more

Gardening

Anyone who loves gardening and wants to combine this love with their desire to be fit and healthy!...  Read more

Poll: Do Front-Yard Vegetable Gardens Offend You?

A married couple in Montreal wanted to improve their health, so they planted a vegetable garden (picture at left is a stock photo, not their garden). By growing their own cucumbers, tomatoes, zucchini, beets, onions and Brussels sprouts (among other...  Read more

The First Lady's Agenda: Healthy Living

Historically, first ladies have had their own agendas and things they want to promote while their husbands are in office. For example, Laura Bush championed America's libraries and Hilary Clinton focused on health care reform. One of Michelle Obama...  Read more