Homesteading, Gardening, and Off-Grid Living

Category: Plants

  • The Best Mulch for Roses + How and When to Mulch

    The Best Mulch for Roses + How and When to Mulch

    The best mulch for roses is an organic mulch such as wood chips, shredded wood, or bark. Because roses are such beautiful flowers, it’s a good idea to use dark and beautiful mulch to make their colors pop. A range of other mulches can also be used including straw, grass clippings, pine straw, shredded leaves,…

  • How to Get Rid of Yellow Mold or Fungus on Soil

    How to Get Rid of Yellow Mold or Fungus on Soil

    There are many different types of yellow mold and fungus that you could find growing in your houseplants or in your garden. Most types of mold are harmless. Still, if you spot some yellow mold growing on your soil, it’s best to get rid of it. Some molds can remove nutrients from the soil, slow…

  • The Best Mulch for Strawberries: Straw or Wood Chips?

    The Best Mulch for Strawberries: Straw or Wood Chips?

    The best mulch for strawberry plants is clean organic mulch like straw, pine needles, or shredded leaves. You can also use other types of organic mulch such as wood chips, bark nuggets, or grass clippings. Mulch is beneficial for strawberries. It can protect them from the cold, help keep the weeds down, and provide valuable…

  • Should I Use Landscape Fabric Under Mulch? Pros and Cons

    Should I Use Landscape Fabric Under Mulch? Pros and Cons

    Some gardeners use landscape fabric under their mulch to prevent weed growth in their gardens. Generally, this is a bad idea. Landscape fabric may keep weeds down for a couple of seasons but it doesn’t last forever. Eventually, weeds will start growing on top of the fabric or through it. Landscape fabric is also bad…

  • The Best Mulch for Fruit Trees + How and When to Mulch

    The Best Mulch for Fruit Trees + How and When to Mulch

    The best mulch for fruit trees is an organic mulch such as wood chips, bark, straw, compost, pine straw, grass clippings, or shredded leaves. The best mulches mimic the tree’s natural environment. Inorganic mulches can also be used. Mulching benefits fruit trees in a number of ways. It can help to suppress weeds, regulate soil…

  • How to Get Leaves Out of Mulch in Flower Beds

    How to Get Leaves Out of Mulch in Flower Beds

    Fallen leaves can be a hassle to clean up. Particularly when they fall into your flower beds and mix with your mulch. It can be hard to remove the leaves without taking some of the mulch with them. This guide explains how to get leaves out of mulch.  The best way to get leaves out…

  • What is the Best Mulch for Tomatoes + How and When to Mulch

    What is the Best Mulch for Tomatoes + How and When to Mulch

    The best mulch for tomatoes is a loose organic mulch such as straw, hay, grass clippings, pine straw, compost, wood chips, or shredded leaves. Mulching can be really beneficial for your tomato plant. It helps to retain moisture, suppress weeds, regulate soil temperature, and add nutrients to the soil. This can help them grow faster,…

  • Is Mold On Your Soil Good or Bad for Houseplants?

    Is Mold On Your Soil Good or Bad for Houseplants?

    If you spot some white, fuzzy-looking growth on the top of your houseplant soil, it’s probably mold. Mold can remove nutrients from the soil, slow plant growth, and even cause disease in your plants. It also doesn’t look very nice.  There are different types of mold you can find in your houseplants. White mold is…

  • How to Get Rid of Tiny Silver Bugs in Houseplant Soil

    How to Get Rid of Tiny Silver Bugs in Houseplant Soil

    Have you spotted some silver bugs in your houseplant soil? Don’t worry. This is a common problem for indoor plants. It’s relatively easy to treat. Even organically. In this guide, I’ll explain how to identify the tiny silver bugs in your houseplant soil. I’ll also explain how to get rid of these tiny insects and…

  • How to Start a Microgreens Business: Growing Microgreens for Profit

    How to Start a Microgreens Business: Growing Microgreens for Profit

    Starting a microgreens business can be incredibly profitable. The startup cost is low. You could get started for less than $100. Microgreens don’t require much space. A garage, basement, or spare bedroom is sufficient to earn six figures in revenue. They also grow very quickly. Your first crop can be ready to harvest in less…