How to Start a Gardening Blog from Scratch in 2020


Guest post by Natasha Shetty Gardening, like a garden itself, is an evergreen topic. The same holds true for a blog about gardens and gardening. In fact, gardening is a passion, an interest and a hobby that millions of people around the world pursue avidly. There are also a number of professional gardeners who provide vital tips and tweaks about gardening and related topics. Ask anyone who knows gardening and they’ll surely testify it isn’t that proverbial cakewalk that involves writing merely about plants, soil, fertilizers and other paraphernalia. Instead, a gardening blog requires year of extensive experience as a hobbyist or professional gardener. If you’re from either of these two categories- professional gardener or gardening aficionado, here are some tips that can help you start a gardening blog from the scratch in 2020.

Tips for Growing a Successful Food Garden


guest post by Carrie Spencer Hoping to grow your own food? Gardening is a great way to save money on the freshest produce possible. That said, growing herbs, fruits, and veggies can feel a little intimidating to first-timers. But it does not have to. There are plenty of easy ways to get started that will not overwhelm you no matter what you want to grow. Here are a few tips you can use to start - and maintain - a productive food garden:

Fried zucchini squash blossoms


This summer’s zucchini harvest started out so promisingly. The leaves of my 3 zucchini plants grew to monstrous sizes. The largest plant produced what was probably the most perfectly shaped and tastiest zucchini I had ever grown. I quickly overcome a squash vine borer problem by carefully monitoring the plants every day and, in an emergency operation, cutting out the 2 small borers I found inside one of the plant’s stems and then injecting the stem with Bacillus Thuringiensis (bt, used in organic farming) to kill any others I might have missed. When powdery mildew struck, I applied neem oil diligently every week. I created better air flow and eliminated the possibility of rot undermining my plants by staking them to keep them off the ground, trimming all of the leaves that were growing underneath the budding squash. And yet…

Bonsai for Beginners: Where to Start?


Guest post by Kaizen Bonsai When it comes to growing your own Bonsai tree, there is a common misconception that they are extremely difficult to care for. However, this is not the case and beginners are perfectly capable of growing their own Bonsai tree indoors and caring for it. In this article, we will talk you through the three main techniques of growing a Bonsai tree; cultivation, styling and care.

How to Make Money by Using Your Backyard Garden


If you have a garden or backyard in your home and you are not using it, then you may be missing out on a big opportunity. Did you know that you can actually make money by growing plants in your backyard? Yes, you heard it right.

Anatomy of an Agrihood: 5 Popular Features (Infographic)


guest post by Karlyn McKell Farm-to-table living is easier than ever in the new mixed-use developments popping up across the U.S. known as agrihoods! There are at least 200 agrihoods in the U.S. today spanning 28 states, and many more are currently under construction. So what is an agrihood, exactly? These planned housing developments are built around a working farm. The idea is that residents can get back to the basics by living in a sustainable community that grows food, embraces the outdoors, and promotes communal living.

5 Tips to Sell a House with a Bad Backyard and Boost Curb Appeal


Guest post by Evette Champion Unless you have a green thumb, you may have some areas in your yard that could use some improvement. Maybe there’s too much sun and your grass has become brown and patchy. Maybe you have water pools in spots around your yard. Whatever the case may be, the harsh truth is that your ugly backyard is scaring away potential buyers! Luckily, your backyard can be redeemed! Here are 5 backyard improvements that’ll boost curb appeal and get that SOLD sign in the front yard.

CBD and Diabetes Infographic Intro


Guest post by Zach Pearson It is impossible to ignore the potential that CBD has to help those suffering from diabetes. More research is still needed, but with promising animal test results and anecdotal human experiences mounting, CBD as a treatment for diabetes has become a hot topic. CBD is known for its many benefits; to reduce inflammation, relieve pain, lower anxiety, and improve sleep. Could it help prevent and manage diabetes as well? The infographic below explores this question:

How Cleaning can be Good for your Mental Health


Guest post by Marianne Pierce When you’re feeling overwhelmed with stress, a messy room can add more anxiety to your mental headspace. How can you organize your thoughts when your home is strewn with clothes and last week’s take-out boxes? By organizing your space and cleaning all surfaces, you can find mental clarity and relaxation. Cleaning can be extremely beneficial to your health; de-cluttering your physical space will help to reduce inner chaos and improve your mood. Here are a few mental health benefits of cleaning.

Hemp Seed Oil versus CBD Oil: Similarities, Differences, and Uses


Guest post by Glory Rae Finnegan Interest in CBD oil is booming right now, and it is being marketed and sold throughout the U.S. and Canada. With all the interest, has come rapidly changing legal regulations, new product formulations and new industry terminology. And with all of that has come confusion.

4 Green Investments for Your Home With a Big Payoff


Guest post by Emma Sturgis Making your home more green is the ultimate “win-win.” Not only do you help the environment stave off looming catastrophe, but you also knock off a significant portion of your monthly utility bills. With so much to gain and so little to lose, it’s never too soon to make some green investments around the home. Any expenditure you make will be more than offset by future savings, and all the while you’ll know you’re doing the right thing. There are countless ways to decrease the environmental impact of your home, but here are four investments you’d be well advised to start with.

4 Vehicles That Cut Down on Gas Consumption


guest post by Rachelle Wilber Whether you are looking to reduce your carbon footprint, or you want to slash the amount you pay when you are at the pump, choosing a vehicle that uses less than average quantities of gas is a smart move. Additionally, modern technology is helping to reduce gas costs, making the need for consuming so much gas less important than it was even a decade ago. Bearing that in mind, consider the following four vehicles, all of which can help cut gas consumption considerably.

Building a DIY Greenhouse in Your Backyard


guest post by Anita Ginsburg A greenhouse is going to provide your family with a constant supply of fresh produce, but building that type of structure can be a major undertaking. Well before you break ground, you will need to spend a little bit of time carefully planning out every step in this project.

How To Boost The Immune System With Cannabis Oil


Guest post by Rae Rae Hudson Have you ever wondered why cannabis oil has suddenly become the talk of the town? Your instructor has recommended it to you. Your next-door neighbor takes it for high blood pressure. Are you eager about using it but hesitating because you don’t know how it works? Read on to find out about CBD’s health benefits.

How to Reduce and Greenify Your Power Consumption


Guest post by Lizzie Weakley If you are concerned about energy costs and the effect of fossil fuels on the environment, there are several things you can do to reduce your power usage and lower your energy bills. If everyone does their part, we can significantly reduce carbon emissions and lessen our environmental impact. While ending global warming will require more widespread change, the changes you make will help and can be personally fulfilling. Consider the following tips to become a more conscientious energy user.

10 Tips for starting your food garden


Interest in gardening has taken off since COVID-19 has forced most of us to stay at home for long stretches of time. While many people in the US have taken this time to start a food garden and to learn about how to be more self-sufficient, others have found that gardening relieves their boredom and provides other mental and physical health benefits. In the long term, growing at least some of your own food can also help save money and minimize trips to the grocery store. Whether you are new to gardening or have experience growing some of your food, these 10 tips will help ensure that your garden grows abundantly and with few problems.

4 Ways to Tell if Your Home Is Ready to Switch to Solar Power


Guest post by Anita Ginsburg Solar panels are more popular than ever, and millions of home and business owners throughout the country are now enjoying the many benefits of this technology. Here is a quick look at just a few of the signs that your home might be ready for solar panels.

Home Sweet Homestead: 4 Things You Need When You Start Homesteading


Guest post by Anita Ginsburg For many of us, city life has become a drag. We long for our own land where we can be our own masters self-sufficient, supplying ourselves and our families with everything we need. In many ways, homesteading is the American Dream. If you have considered adopting a self-sufficient lifestyle recently, read on to get an idea of where to start.

Is CBD Organic and Eco-Friendly?


guest post by Crystal Willson (photos from Pixabay) Climate change due to global warming is becoming a concern around the world. Due to this, the health of our planet is depleting. Statistics suggest that one of the “biggest sources of global emissions is agriculture .” This also includes the production of cannabis. One of the most popular varieties of cannabis is hemp, which contains a high amount of a compound called cannabinoids (CBD). It is famous for its medicinal properties. Due to this, the production of hemp has increased over the years.

Zen Garden Ideas


Guest post by Ilija Acimovic Gardens are a beautiful way of staying in touch with nature. Even the smallest amount of ground in your front or back yard can be turned into a garden, and with little effort, you can have your own veggies or a colorful setting where you can go to relax. Gardening became so popular recently that Americans spent $3.5 billion on gardening food in 2013; currently half of US homeowners work on their gardens. After all, there’s nothing better than witnessing plants that thrive around you.