Many medicinal herbs are easy to grow, and most of them can be used in both cooking and home remedies. Use herbs in teas and herbal infusions, in homemade herbal oils and salves, in herbal baths, and in home health&beauty treatments. Calendula Calendula (Calendula officinalis) is a traditional skin healing herb: it was already used [...]
Welcome to the gardening column at The Untrained Housewife! Our garden writers are here to help you succeed from the ground up. So, whether you’re a new gardener just digging your feet into the dirt or have been gardening your whole life, our garden writers are here to share, guide, and cheer you on.
From flowers, vegetables, fruits, herbs, trees, and shrubs — we’ve got something to say about all of them. On behalf of all of us here at The Untrained Housewife, we want you to know that we love when readers participate in the conversation and encourage you to share any gardening advice (or questions) that you have with all of us. We also hope to keep you around by inviting you to join on the forums.
To bee or not to bee? If it were up to me, every garden and gardener would decide to become bee-friendly. Bees – particularly native ones – are critically important to the health of your garden. They’re pollinators, and you need them to create all of the lovely fruits and many of the vegetables that [...]
Starting seeds indoors is a wonderful way to get a jump start on the growing season. Even before the snow melts, you can have your vegetable garden started in your home so that, when the soil finally does warm, your seedlings are ready to plant. After all the care taken to plant, water and provide [...]
I love grouping my container plants according to garden themes. There are many themed gardens you can try planting. But a favorite garden theme of mine is the Salsa Garden! First, you need a container sized tomato plant. Then, you need a large container with potting soil mix suitable for vegetables. You’ll want a variety [...]
Add curb appeal to your home’s landscape and brighten up your garden area with a rainbow themed planter. My kids enjoyed talking about the colors of a rainbow and helping me find the perfect flowers to create our rainbow planter as we made this together. This rainbow themed planter is my challenge with Lowe’s Creative [...]
I’ve wanted to add a strawberry planter to our homestead for a while. I tried a couple years ago and the chickens and goats put me out of the berry business so fast it was insane. This year I decided to build a raised strawberry container in the front yard so it is safe from [...]
What garden wouldn’t be complete without the battle against weeds? And thus, this collection of gardening quotes would not be complete without a few weed-filled quotes as well. “There are several ways to lay out a little garden; the best way is to get a gardener.” ~ Karel Capek “The watering of a garden [...]
There were never any how-to instructions tucked into the pockets of my parents during my growing up. That they grew plants seemed a natural part of my life in Wisconsin; I am not even sure if they ever expected me to garden, too. But hey, what are you going to do when your dad shows [...]
I love gardening and I love even more when I can trust the source of my plants. This fall I planted some garlic from Peaceful Valley/Grow Organic and you can see them doing well in the photo below I took earlier this winter. Soon the ground will be warming up and we’ll put down a [...]