Backyard Gardening

Tips and Information for your backyard garden that will help you and your family boost your sustainability.

Raised Garden Beds

Accessible Gardening for Seniors and People with Disabilities

Accessible gardening is a great way to be self-sufficient even if your mobility is hindered due to age or some other event. With it, you are able to get some much-needed sunlight, exercise, and fresh vegetables. Raised bed gardening is an excellent pastime for seniors and people who have mobility issues because it brings the…

How to Clean and Reuse Coco Coir

How to Clean and Reuse Coco Coir (4 Great Tips)

Coconut coir, or the material processed from coconut husks that can be used as a substrate in gardening, is quite sustainable. Once processed, coconut coir can take a minimum of 20 years to decompose. If it’s not processed into pith, but left fibrous or in chip form, it can take even longer. So why take…

Is Coco Coir Good for Worms?

Is Coconut Coir Good For Worms? (Composting Guide)

Worm composting gives you a place to toss all those food scraps that you have leftover. The worms eat it, and it passes through the earthworm’s body to become compost. Worm compost is called vermicompost and is an often-used amendment to garden soil. So how can coconut coir possibly help?  Coconut coir is a preferred…

Great Uses for Coco Coir

8 Great Uses for Coconut Coir Substrate (User’s Guide)

This dynamic, sustainable material has been something I’ve researched for my own backyard boosting recently. I’ve been sharing my information with you on this website. But there are so many uses for it, that I wanted to add another article to showcase more.  Coconut coir has a lot of obvious agricultural applications, but those aren’t…

What is Coco Coir & Should I Use It?

What is Coconut Coir and Should I Be Using It? (Answered)

I’ve heard it called Coco Coir, Coconut Fiber, or even Coconut Peat. This fibrous material is often used as a substrate, a base, a material to mix into other materials to form a substrate. I see it a lot at co-ops and markets used for seedling cups and basket molds. So, what exactly is it? …

What Plants Grow Best With Coco Coir?

What Plants Grow Best with Coconut Coir? (Explained)

You would think since coconut coir is used for seedlings and mature plants that retain moisture  – it would be good for every plant out there. But honestly, it does have limitations. And when it comes to some popular plants, coco coir might not be the best option.  Coco Coir (coconut coir/coconut peat) is an…

What to Put on the Bottom of Raised Bed Gardens

What to Put on the Bottom of Raised Garden Beds? (Solved)

People have come to realize that gardening using raised beds can be much easier than traditional gardening. It provides the gardener with control over what’s in the soil, easier weeding, and the ability to garden even where there is hard soil.  But what should you use as the bottom base material in your raised garden…

3 Best Watering Systems for Raised Gardens

3 Best Watering Systems for Raised Gardens (#3 Is My Choice)

Some people don’t really have an issue with getting up daily or every other day during the growing season and watering their plants before the sun hits them. But some people have gardens large enough and schedules wild enough that a watering system is definitely needed.  There are 3 basic kinds of watering systems that…

What Soil to Use in Raised Bed Garden

What Kind of Soil to Use in a Raised Garden? (Starter Guide)

The kind of soil used in any garden can vary depending upon plants, region, and availability. But there tends to be a formula used most often.  The type of soil you need for your raised garden beds is usually a mix made up of 60% topsoil, 30% compost, and 10% potting soil (that contains perlite,…

What do Garden Lizards Eat?

What Do Garden Lizards Eat? (All You Need To Know)

You’ve seen them – scurrying up the back wall of your house, making you jump while weeding your garden, or sunning on the patio while you drink your afternoon tea. Every region has its own bunch of lizards, and I’ve seen bunches of them over my lifetime. But, I’ve always wondered, are they beneficial or…

7 Things to Know About Raised Bed Gardens

7 Things to Know About Raised Garden Beds (Starter Guide)

If using raised garden beds is the right choice for your gardening style, you may have some questions. Even if you’ve done your research, things come up.   If you do the proper planning and maintenance, your raised bed gardens will give you a great return on your investment of money and time.  In this article,…

How to Protect Your Garden From Pests

How Do I Protect Raised Garden Beds from Animals? (Answered)

This question’s answer depends upon if you’re protecting the top of your raised garden from common pests and grazers or the bottom from burrowers. If you’re like me, you don’t want to use anything that could harm your plants or render them unusable. You also would prefer not to find dead critters on your lawn….