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Soil Block Maker icon

The best way to start seedlings EVER! Builds strong root systems. Zero plastic and lasts forever..


19" Long Compost Thermometer icon

Fun for serious composters! Lets you monitor the speed of biological activity.

"When I go into the garden with a spade, and dig a bed, I feel such an exhilaration and health that I discover that I have been defrauding myself all this time in letting others do for me what I should have done with my own hands."
--- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Whenever the soil is rich the people flourish, physically and economically. Wherever the soil is wasted, the people are wasted. A poor soil produces only a poor people -- poor economically, poor spiritually and intellectually, poor physically."

--- George Washington Carver, 1938

These raised bed kits are a sampling of what's available through Gardener's Supply. The Farmstead is my fave.


Farmstead Raised Bed icon

White cedar for durability, assembles in about 5 minutes without tools!

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Deer Proof Raised Garden icon

This walk-in garden sanctuary  keeps deer from sharing the harvest.

15" Deep Cedar Raised Bed icon

These 15" deep beds keep you from having to bend over very far. Easy on the back!

15" Deep Cedar Raised Bed icon

These 15" deep beds keep you from having to bend over very far. Easy on the back!


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Making compost without smell requires 4 ingredients that must be in balance.

How
to Make
Compost

This homemade compost bin is built with stackable tiers for easy turning and perfect aeration.

Homemade
Compost
Bin

Earthworms convert kitchen scraps into plant nutrition, with a side of good microbes.

Worm
Composting

Photo gallery of nine different raised bed ideas, including wood, cinder block, metal corners, and more.

Raised
Bed

Gallery

Construction guidelines to assure strong corners, durability over time, and happy plants.

How to
Build
Raised Beds

Healthy soil is critical for both plant health and human health. Learn what to buy, or use this recipe.

Soil
for
Raised Beds


Eight simple, nontoxic ways to keep the jungle from taking over your garden.

Organic
Weed
Control

Common fungal, viral, and bacterial plant diseases and what to do about them.

Common
Plant
Diseases

Natural, nontoxic ways to prevent and/or reduce garden pest  infestations.

Controlling
Pests
Naturally

Gateway to articles that help you get started on the right foot and avoid common mistakes.

Vegetable
Gardening
for Beginners

Learn what tools you really need (and don't!) for the type of gardening you'll be doing.

Essential
Gardening
Tools

Big picture overview of your first year, with guidance for each stage.


Starting a Vegetable

Garden


how to lay out your garden so that your beds and paths are just the right width for YOU, and figure out how many of each plant you will need.

How to lay out beds and paths, figure out what (and how many) to plant where.

Vegetable
Garden
Layout

Tips for all gardeners to help you get the most produce AND fun out of your garden.

Vegetable
Gardening
Tips

Growing veggies in containers requires special soil care. Find out why and how.

Container
Vegetable Gardening


Best trays, lights and soil to use, and why a windowsill is not the best place.

How to
Start Seeds
Indoors

Timing is everything!  It's all about root growth and last frost date...

When to
Start Seeds
Indoors

Good trays are hard to find! What to look for (and avoid) for best root development.

Seed
Starting
Trays


Just as important as having the right tool for the job, is not wasting money on tools you don't need. You can use what you would have spent to pay for a few quality tools that will be a joy to use and last a lifetime.

Essential Gardening Tools

How to make compost that breaks down quickly without smell. Balancing these four essential ingredients is the key to building compost that will help heal your soil by providing healthy fungi and microbes.

How to Make Compost


Basic construction details to build any size raised bed, including how to make sure they have strong corners! Browse a Gallery of 9 Designs to find one that matches your sense of aesthetics and your budget.

Raised bed gardening presents its own challenges. Among them is how to manage soil in a way that makes it lighter weight than topsoil, but that can still support  great soil ecology.


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2-Tier Adjustable Sunlite Garden

More compact version of the 3-tier, but still with adjustable heights.


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Beautiful and it provides best light spectrum for starting seeds indoors.


5 Gallon Compost Pail

Use this if you generate a LOT of kitchen waste (great for restaurants!) Saves trips to the compost bin.


Brushed Stainless Compost Pail

Durable and practical stainless pail that resists odors. Handle is handy!


Butterfly House

Butterfly house adds charm to the garden.

Butterfly Nectar

Use with Butterfly House to attract and feed native and migrating butterflies.


19" Long Compost Thermometer icon

Fun for serious composters! Lets you monitor the speed of biological activity.


Deep Root Seed
Starting System

Sturdy trays come with a self-watering moisture mat and dome.


Dual-Batch Compost Tumbler icon

This smaller size compost tumbler lets you finish one batch,  while adding new scraps to the other side.


Dual Batch
Compost Wizard

Larger dual-batcher sits on the ground and has two 40-gallon chambers.


Elevated Cedar Planter Box icon

These raised beds are very easy on the back, and good for those in wheelchairs.


Fairfield All-Weather
UV-Resistant Planter

This durable planter is gorgeous with strawberries
spilling  over the side!


Ultra-Sharp Bypass Pruners icon

Beauty meets function in these ultra-sharp, well-made pruners... in 3 color choices!


Orchard Rack

Keeps onions (and more) dry and well- ventilated.


Fermenting
Crock

A good fermenting crock lasts a lifetime and solves the most pressing pickling problems!


Modular Steel Raised Bed icon

Corrugated, powder-coated steel is very durable, and keeps roots cooler than shiny steel.


Neem Oil Concentrate

Neem oil disorients insects and interrupts their feeding and reproduction.


Hot Frog Rolling
Compost Tumbler

This 37-gallon single batcher can be rolled right over to your garden when the compost is ready!


Lifetime Raised Bed Corner Brackets

These corner brackets will last forever and take the work out of building raised beds.


Raised
Strawberry Bed

This 3-tier raised  bed is perfect for harvesting strawberries as they spill over the sides.


Seedling
Heat Mats

I save a ton of money by starting my own seeds in late winter. My heat mats are a necessity and especially helpful for tomatoes and peppers!


A Range of
Self-Watering Containers

Self-watering containers in different sizes and colors to meet every need...


2' x 8' Standing Raised Bed with Cover icon

Large standing raised bed saves your back and has greenhouse cover.


Thermostar 1000 XXL Compost Bin

This bin holds a bunch and heats up well to kill weed seeds.


Tall Folding Tomato Cages

Finally! Tomato cages that are tall enough and that fold flat for winter storage!


Wire Leaf Bin icon

Keep a leaf bin near your composter for a handy supply of "browns"  to mix with "greens". (This wire bin is too airy for compost).


Wooden VegTrug
Patio Planter

This beautiful wooden planter has a rot-proof plastic bottom for years of use.


Worm Farm Composter

This odor free, small-batch kitchen worm bin is really fun for kids (as well as your inner child!)


Garrett Wade
Tools

A good tool is built to last, does its job really efficiently, and feels good in the hand. Every Garret Wade Tool I've used does all three.

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Standing
Planter Box
icon

2' x4' Cedar planter box is easy to reach and easy on the back.


French-Made Pruners

Best pruners in the world, period. (Probably in the whole Universe...)


Planting Mattock

Hand mattock is great for setting transplants or chopping deep roots.


My #1
Most-Used Tool

I use this for... well, EVERYTHING.
(Weeding, leveling, transplanting, digging, prying, eating lunch...)


Japanese
Folding Saw

The BEST folding saw for cutting stuff that's bigger than loppers can handle.


3 Japanese Weeding Tools

Deep, shallow, or between pavers - this tool set frightens every weed!


Ratcheting Loppers

Ratcheting loppers make light work of heavy branches.


Take That, You Vines!

These smiling gems eat vines and shrubs with relish (and mayo?).


Stainless Nozzles

A great watering nozzle delivers the right-sized droplet for the plant.


Japanese Weeding Sickle

My favorite weeding tool. Has a razor-sharp Japanese blade that slices roots off cleanly, just below ground.




Handmade
Flaming Earth
Fire Pit
icon

Global warming is real. And so is this flaming Earth fire pit from Plow and Hearth.


Double-Edged Bushwhacker

If I had to clear all the brush on the north side of our house...


Grampa's Weeder

Pulls dandelions by the root without bending (and no herbicides!).


Planting Mattock

Hand mattock is great for setting transplants or chopping deep roots.

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