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How to Grow Microgreen Peas

close up of microgreen pea shoots

If you love salads, you will definitely love microgreens. They are not only nutritious but also incredibly simple to grow. When growing microgreens, no garden is required. You just need to find a sunny spot anywhere in your house, and you are ready to go. Of all the microgreens available, the simplest to grow is…

7 Favorite Safe Lawn and Garden Solutions

7 Favorite Safe Lawn and Garden Solutions | SustainableSuburbia.net

A month or two ago, knowing that I would be pushed for time (and internet access) while I am travelling, I put out of a call to my regular readers for guest posts. This week I have a guest post for you from Mary Jo Nieson of www.DelicatePawsLLC.com, sharing her favourite safe garden solutions. Please note…

Vegetable Garden Basics: Growing Broccoli

a broccoli head sitting in the middle of a large plant, ready to pick

I always think of broccoli as a kind of superior cauliflower, but that could be something to do with childhood memories of English school dinners, where the ‘caulie’ was boiled to death, grey and unappetising. Yeuch. Talking of boiling, broccoli is a mass of valuable nutrients like glucoraphanin, which the body turns into sulforaphane, a…

Phone Apps for Home DIY and Sustainability

Mother Earth News; Food Gardening Guide.

Starting or maintaining a more sustainable approach to living can be immensely challenging. Many eco-friendly endeavors such as gardening require enormous knowledge and the acquisition of new skills. To that end, I’d like to present a list of smart phone apps I think are helpful for anyone interested in growing her own crops or greening…

How to Grow Garlic

A clump of flowering garlic plants

“Tomatoes and oregano make it Italian; Wine and tarragon make it French. Sour cream makes it Russian; Lemon and cinnamon make it Greek. Soy sauce makes it Chinese; Garlic makes it good.” ~Alice May Brock With winter on the horizon, the anticipation of hearty chowders, spicy chilis and rich, filling pastas gets me excited to…

Make and Use Your Own Organic Fertilizer

A home made compost bin, 2/3 filled

Before you consider making your own organic fertilizers, you need to know why they are beneficial for your garden.  So what are organic fertilizers and what do they do?  Basically an organic fertilizer makes soil more fertile – richer in nutrients, more able to hold water and hence to effectively sustain the growth of plants.…

Vertical Vegetable Gardening Ideas

Gutter-gardens-image-by-Sarah-G

Vertical gardening is just plain trendy right now, and it’s definitely a trend worth considering.   If you’re green as well as green fingered (and I’m guessing as you’re on Sustainable Suburbia that’ll be about right!) this method of food growing will suit you (up and) down to the ground. The carbon footprint of this type…

Vegetable Gardening Basics: How to Grow Peas

Peas grow on a trellis - seen from above

Peas come in such a wonderful variety which makes growing them a rewarding and fun thing to do.  They grow in a wide range of conditions and like many vegetables, need good rich improved soil and full sun. They are grown in the cooler months and also throughout spring which gives a good cropping period.…

Growing Tomatoes in Pots

Tomatoes Garlic Basil - The Simple Pleasures of Growing and Cooking Your Garden's Most Versatile Veggies, By Doug Oster

No food grower’s garden is worth its salt without a glorious bounty of tomatoes, and they taste even better with a pinch of salt!  This is ironic, as botanically a tomato is a fruit – ie a seed bearing ovary.  More commonly used as a vegetable, tomatoes are a mainstay of savoury dishes around the…

How to Grow Excellent Rhubarb

harvested rhubarb stalks

Although rhubarb looks like psychedelic celery, its striking bushy green foliage against its purple-red stems is a bright addition to the veggie patch or wherever you decide to plant it.  Rhubarb is easy to grow and can be grown from crowns or seeds.  By choosing crowns, which are a fleshy bundle of roots,  you can…

Organic Vegetable Gardening For Beginners

Gardening Australia: Home Vegetable Garden the Complete Guide to Organic Vegetable Gardening, by Annette McFarlane.

Growing your own food is not only self-satisfying and rewarding, but it also provides food security. Using organic methods to grow food ensures that it is free from chemicals and contributes to a healthy environment. Organic gardening nurtures ecosystems and maintains the health of the soil, insects, water and people in the environment. With the…