growing vegetables

8 Worry-Free and Remarkable Tricks to Managing Water in Your Garden

8 Worry-Free and Remarkable Tricks to Managing Water in Your Garden

Watering your garden can look drastically different depending on your local climate. When I lived in Portland, OR, the majority of precipitation fell in the winter months, leaving the summers completely dry (with almost guaranteed beautiful weather all summer long - perfect for vacationing!). But for gardeners, this posed a problem. Either you needed to plant a xeriscape garden or plan to water your garden regularly.

In this blog post I’m going to talk about a couple different non-traditional watering techniques and some on-site water-saving techniques. The water saving techniques don’t necessarily mean collecting the rainwater in a container; instead, you can actually store rainwater in the soil!

How to Have an Edible Garden Under Black Walnut Trees

How to Have an Edible Garden Under Black Walnut Trees

I’ve been asked the same question twice recently, “What edible plants can I grow under my black walnut trees?”. Well, I’m glad there are other people with this question, because since we moved to Wisconsin, I’ve found myself pondering that exact same question. The back portion of our 1/2 acre yard has about 12 mature black walnut trees (I’m not joking!).

If you haven’t heard of the gardening dilemmas around black walnut trees, here’s a super quick explanation of why gardening can be tricky near them. Black walnut trees produce a chemical called juglone that is released into the soil via the roots and also onto the soil through the leaves, stems, and nut hulls. Juglone is typically found in the soil beneath the tree canopy but can extend out about 60’ from the base of the tree. Many plants can’t tolerate juglone, and therefore won’t grow under or near black walnut trees.

How to Garden Now So You're Prepared Later

How to Garden Now So You're Prepared Later

Have you thought about what you'd do if you didn't have access to food from your local grocery store, the farmer's market, or your weekly CSA share?  Do you know how to grow any food yourself? 

Keeping a supply of water and non-perishable food on hand is recommended for emergency preparedness, but having fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs, eggs, honey, etc. available in your own garden can help keep you fed now and in a time of need. 

Daily Harvest Designs weaves food, medicine, shelter, water storage, and more into beautiful and functional landscapes.  This makes it easy to incorporate food into your landscape while maintaining a beautiful and functional yard.

Where is the Best Place to Grow Your Veggies?

Where is the Best Place to Grow Your Veggies?

...Where will you grow your vegetables?

A client recently looked at me a little sideways when I said she could plant her veggies either in raised beds or directly in the ground.  "You can plant them directly in the ground?  But what does it look like?" she asked

I've never thought twice about my decision to plant directly in the ground, for two reasons.  First, in-ground beds are endlessly flexible and could be changed every season if I wanted; and second, it's less expensive to just plant directly in the ground.  Here are some pros and cons to raised beds and in-ground beds.

Photo Inspiration From Gardeners in West Africa

Photo Inspiration From Gardeners in West Africa

...A Photo Blog Post

One of my favorite thing to do in Mali was visit gardens.  In the vast sea of sand and mud-brick homes, the colors of the vegetable gardens seemed more vibrant than usual.  Here is a series of farm and garden photos from my nearly two years in Mali, West Africa (2007-2009).  Enjoy!