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Gardening Tips Resources

Below are top resources on SparkPeople for Gardening Tips.

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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

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

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

Fun and Unique Cooking Tips
Updated 8/2/2015 11:21:00 AM

Both my spouse and I love cooking. We aren't 5-star chefs, but we do make some pretty good food (so our family and friends tell us). I'm always excited to learn new ways of cooking, the process of cooking and baking -- anything that makes for ease...  Read more

Anyone on the Daniel Plan? Like it, hate it? Tips
Updated 7/24/2015 12:02:53 AM

Anyone on the Daniel Plan? Like it, hate it? Tips for going on it? I'd like your opinion....  Read more

Tips for pasta cravings?
Updated 7/31/2015 4:11:17 PM

I haven't worked for a few months, and since I've been home and able to cook more for lunches and take more time with dinners I have proven something to myself. I am very sensitive to carbs. On days when I eat bread and pasta I weigh 2 to 4 lbs more...  Read more

Challenge: if you read this, share one tip that's
Updated 7/23/2015 11:00:14 AM

Challenge: if you read this, share one tip that's been successful/helpful for you, and one that hasn't been....  Read more

Any tips for sneaking in a few minutes exercise he
Updated 7/23/2015 8:56:54 AM

Any tips for sneaking in a few minutes exercise here and there? Like walking in place while opening mail... I need some fresh ideas. Ty!...  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

Calling All Vegetarians & Vegans

If you're a vegetarian, vegan, or just interested in a cruelty-free lifestyle, join us here! Get tips for making the transition, dining out, cooking and more....  Read more

Go Green – Be a Girlfriend to Mother Nature!

By Debba Haupert, creator of GIRLFRIENDOLOGY.com – the online community for women focused on female friendshipWomen are caretakers. We take care of our families, our jobs, our friends and, hopefully, ourselves. The one thing we often don’t have much...  Read more

Poll: Do You Grow Any of Your Own Food?

Like most of you, I love spring—and not just because it allows me to enjoy the outdoors. I am also excited because it marks the start of gardening season! With all the environmental and economic troubles we're facing, gardening is on the ri...  Read more

"Straw Bale Gardening ~Tips, Tricks and Pests" -Part 4

Got it all planted, your noticing your seeds starting to poke up their little heads and your thrilled! Congratulations! You are now a SBG or a Straw Bale Gardener! It's so easy, it's satisfying and it will be the easiest garden you've ever grown!...  Read more

Another Dozen General Gardening Tips

184126184Happy May! Let us have some fun! The old saying goes that "April showers bring May flowers." Thereby this month with be dedicated to a variety of things to do with flowers (and/or gardens, and/or gardening). These may include, but not exclus...  Read more