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Whether you have a few containers, a community garden plot, or a large “country” garden, you can supply your family and friends with nutritious vegetables and fruits.  Gardening is terrific exercise and can help reduce household food expenses, plus the added bonus of knowing what you are eating ;)

Planning and preparation are essential to a good gardening experience.  A vegetable garden is not created in a day.  Before you run out to the garden center and buy plants, think about these 5 basic steps:



51 responses

  1. What is the theme you use? It’s beautiful!!

    June 7, 2013 at 4:18 am

    • Modularity Lite

      love this theme too, i just switched the backgrounds. one thing though, i do change the font to georgia manually when posting so text is easier on the eyes than the tiny font that is preset. i have to upgrade to make georgia default font.

      June 7, 2013 at 10:32 am

      • Such a beautiful background, I love it. Thanks 🙂

        June 7, 2013 at 8:45 pm

      • most welcome 🙂
        thank you very much

        June 7, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    • Tressa

      I love your onion planter idea. If you haven’t done this already, make sure you use a plastic container that doesn’t have the chemicals in it (pba free)

      April 4, 2016 at 9:15 pm

  2. Elaine Gerber

    can you tell me where I can get permission to use the photo of the sunflower that is labeled sunfower @ old farmer ? I am making a brochure for our churches ladies retreat and I would love to use this photo. Thankyou.

    July 30, 2013 at 11:41 pm

    • it is just a png, i don’t think you have to request permission if it is non-profit organization and something small like ladies church retreat
      i did not request permission as i used for information and educational purposes only, if they want it down i will gladly use other image

      July 31, 2013 at 12:27 am

    • just a side note, the actual photos i do my best to stick to wikipedia or my own, so i can use under fair use law

      July 31, 2013 at 12:30 am

      • Elaine Gerber


        July 31, 2013 at 2:48 am

      • welcome 🙂

        July 31, 2013 at 2:50 am

  3. GlendaMarie

    Good afternoon, Mr. Old Fart.
    OI see your address is ‘auntie dogma’ but why is your main page’s title,’Aumtie Dogma’?
    I am looking forward to following your blog, but I simply cannot until I address this oddity. I am new to your world today; just I saw your vertical onion garden on my facebook page. Thank you!

    August 25, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    • What a waist calling me Mr 😀 …You just don’t exist, ( Whom ever you may be ), but if you do, try this link to satisfy your buds… 😀 ….There is a light at the end of the tunnel for you, JUST FOLLOW MY BLOG FOR A WHILE .
      Auntie is on top, and I am just an contributor 😀

      August 26, 2013 at 9:39 am

  4. Planting Fool

    We saw many pictures of hepatica nobilis and would like to find sources to buy seeds, plants, etc. Thanks.

    September 20, 2013 at 3:48 am

    • ok will find some sources for you today stay tuned 🙂

      September 20, 2013 at 3:10 pm

  5. Planting Fool

    Thanks. Much appreciated. Navigating is difficult as we are visually impaired. 🙂 Planting Fool

    September 20, 2013 at 10:11 pm

  6. Not a tip or gardening question … just wondering why “Auntie” is misspelled in your banner?

    November 26, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    • long story but when first created auntie as name i misspelled on twitter so it became aumtie and i left it as such

      November 26, 2013 at 8:47 pm

  7. Did you know that your name is misspelled on your cover pic?

    December 8, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    • yes, thank you i thought i had explained in prior comments will have to double check that

      December 8, 2013 at 5:26 pm

  8. Daren Brim

    Do the wahlenbergia plant have any healing benefits for any types of illnesses?

    December 12, 2013 at 12:37 pm

  9. looking for anyone who has grown gooseberry plants! And what your experience has been??? Tessa

    January 5, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    • i have not grown them here but my Nonna had them, easy keepers, great fruit. i just love them, have a blog on here regarding growing gooseberries and varieties 🙂

      January 5, 2014 at 11:55 pm

  10. ok the header now reads Auntie … everybody say yay woot woot 😀

    January 10, 2014 at 2:04 am

  11. I boiled heads of cabbage for making cabbage rolls (yum!) and want to know if I can use the boiling water to water my houseplants safely? One of my ‘plants’ is a lime tree which I love so I don’t want to harm it! Really appreciate any info you can give me on this subject as I am a caterer and am always boiling something and hate throwing away what I may be able to make use of. 🙂

    January 10, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    • noelle white

      It would be better to use rain water for most plants!

      January 13, 2014 at 5:04 pm

  12. I would like to know the variety of onions that you are planting vertically in the indoor vertical garden link. Thanks!

    January 13, 2014 at 4:40 am

  13. noelle white

    Hi there on the item about growing onions how do you get the onions out of the pot if you need large onions to cook with?

    January 13, 2014 at 5:02 pm

  14. Linda Sloss

    I have a balcony and 1 window with only about 1-2 hrs sunlite. No sunny windows. How much sunlite do I need for the onions?

    June 2, 2014 at 2:06 pm

  15. Hi, I have a question my wild sassafras plants aren’t doing well, they were doing good for a while then all of a sudden the leaves are going yellow and falling off… I’m growing 4 of them in Sarasota, FL in my back yard. How can i save them!

    August 13, 2014 at 6:09 pm

  16. Aralia nudicaulis is plant species – Wild Sarsaparilla

    August 13, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    • it is the same thing

      Aralia nudicaulis (commonly Wild Sarsaparilla,[1] False sarsaparilla, Shot bush, Small Spikenard, Wild Liquorice, and Rabbit Root) is a flowering plant of northern and eastern North America which reaches a height of 30–60 cm (12–24 in) with creeping underground stems.

      August 13, 2014 at 8:31 pm

  17. Thank! It says the leaves go dormant in the summer but mine have no berries, so hopefully it will grow back at spring so i can see the berry’s! “The leaves go dormant in summer before the fruits ripen. The berries taste a little spicy and sweet.” Courtesy of wikipedia

    August 13, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    • welcome 🙂 good luck
      i would think it likes a good composting in fall but better double check plant guide info

      August 14, 2014 at 12:06 am

  18. I love your blog. I found you looking for instructions on grown Syrian Rue. I have an organic gardening group I started on facebook and would love for you to help me fight the fear feed that is the FB news feed with IDEAS and link your blog posts in the group. Here is the link
    Peace be with you

    January 15, 2015 at 9:03 pm

    • feel free to link whatever you like. i am not on FB 🙂

      January 17, 2015 at 3:40 pm

  19. Aunt Hilda

    in the instructions it says to remove bottle neck, in th’ photos the neck is intact, or so it appears t’ me. I see th’ top o’ th’ cap has been removed. I assume for waterin’. I like th’ idea of leavin’ th’ handle on!

    January 24, 2015 at 12:30 am

  20. Linda

    The lady that was planting Horse Radish, I would like to know where do you get the bulbs?
    I have never seen them in nurserys or garden shops. Please help. Would like to plant some

    November 9, 2015 at 6:42 pm


      and i also found on Amazon. i am not sure of your country of origin but just look online for the roots to plant if you can not find them at marketplace

      November 10, 2015 at 12:34 am

  21. Hennie

    Do you plant the onion bulbs to harness the leaves or the onions, and should you want to use the onions how do you then get them out of the container when they are much bigger?

    November 25, 2015 at 6:34 pm

    • you can use the greens if you like, and you can always cut the plastic and start new one if onions get too big 🙂

      November 30, 2015 at 2:16 pm

  22. Tanjila Ahmed

    I have a pomegranate tree about five years old I planted it from a seed in a container. I didn’t get any fruit yet, how long does it take to get fruits? Is there anything I can do to encourage bloom, please help me on this, thanks

    July 2, 2016 at 4:18 pm

  23. Manoj*d*10480-1*Green*Wild*fruit*tree.JPG/

    Dear Sir

    Kindly tell me above fruit name (in link)?

    September 11, 2016 at 12:49 pm

  24. hello
    I was wondering, since you can only put one brussel plant in a 12 inch container, is there anything else you could plant along with it, like maybe allysum (sp?) or something else.
    thanks so much

    March 22, 2017 at 5:49 pm

    • Companions for Brussels Sprouts ~ beets, celery, cucumbers, dill, garlic, hyssop, lettuce, mint, nasturtium, onions, potatoes, rosemary, sage, spinach, swiss chard 🙂

      March 27, 2017 at 3:03 am

  25. Patty

    Hi! I love anything flowers and I love to take pictures of flowers! I noticed that there is a FB group where the group owner apparently has stolen your forsythia picture, cropped it and put her own name on it. Like I said, I love taking pictures and this is theft. If you don’t mind, that’s fine, but if this is as big of a deal to you as it is to me, let me know and I will share the details. I’d include the picture here, but I don’t see a way to do that.

    April 12, 2017 at 3:49 pm

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