Inspired by the food shortages during the early days of covid, and the memories of his Grandmother’s front yard garden, urban gardener Milan Turner started out on a concrete patio growing in containers and fabric grow bags. Read about some of his earliest lessons he learned since starting a garden.
The Best Drip Irrigation for Container Gardening in Small Scale Gardens
Want to ensure your container garden grows healthy and strong? Learn about the best drip irrigation for raised beds, and which products you need for a successful installation. With these tips from Bootstrap Farmer, growing your crops will be easier than ever.
Soil blocking is a method of propagating seedlings that involves filling a metal blocking tool with soil and squeezing to form a compressed cube. Seeds are planted directly into the formed block. Soil blocks come in various sizes and are advantageous for air prunin...
Planting season is an exciting time for growers. But, before you get too anxious about planting those seeds, have you cleaned your equipment since the last growing season? Read about the BEST methods to clean and care for your propagation trays.
What you can grow will depend on your location, the microclimates at play, and the space available. Talk to your local extension agent for information on gardening in your area.
For beginners, raised bed and grow bag gardening are excellent choices due to their simplicity and ease of setup. Raised beds offer better soil control and drainage while minimizing weed growth, making them ideal for new gardeners. Grow bags, on the other hand, are portable, require minimal space, and are perfect for growing a variety of plants, making them a beginner-friendly option.
Some vegetables do better when planted together as companions. A great example is that tomatoes and basil make great companions, as basil enhances tomato flavor while deterring pests. Carrots and onions also grow well together, with onions warding off carrot flies and vice versa. Additionally, beans, corn, and squash planted together in the "Three Sisters" method support each other's growth and space utilization.