• ​Basil
  • Chervil
  • Cilantro
  • Dill
  • Garlic
  • Chives
  • Lemon balm
  • Lovage
  • Marjoram
  • Oregano
  • Parsley
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Savory
  • Tarragon
  • Thyme
  • Spinach
  • Parsnips
  • Peas
  • Radishes
  • Rutabagas
  • Turnips
  • Waterchess
  • Pumpkins
  • Radicchio
  • Radish
  • Rhubarb
  • Shallots
  • Spinach
  • Squash
  • Swiss Chard
  • Turnips
  • Zucchini

  • Basil
  • Borage
  • Chicery
  • Chives
  • Cilantro
  • Dill
  • Garlic 
  • Chives
  • Mint
  • Parsley
  • Savory
  • Tarragon
  • Arugula
  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery

No need to struggle with plants that won't grow in light to partial shady gardens. Plant veggies and herbs that thrive in this type of sunlight. Partial shady gardens allow a longer growing season for most cool-season vegetables and herbs.

Bees help your garden grow......

Help your garden get off to a great start with these quick gardening tips. When you first begin your garden and you don't have any experience in gardening, sometimes the little tips and tricks can help you get a better start. Here are just a few gardening tips to help your garden grow this season. 

  • Arugula
  • Beans
  • Bok Clay
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Collard Greens
  • Cucumber
  • Eggplant
  • Endive
  • Gourds
  • Lettuce
  • Kale
  • Leeks
  • Mesclum Greens
  • Melons
  • Mustard Greens
  • Okra
  • Onions
  • Peppers
  • Pumpkins
  • Radicchio
  • Squash
  • Tomato
  • Zucchini
  • Shredded newspaper
  • shredded office paper/school papers
  • Shredded, non-glossy junk mail
  • Torn up cardboard boxes
  • Straw
  • Bedding from small animals 
  • Fall leaves
  • Twigs and small branches
  • Pine cones
  • Nut shells
  • Raffia
  • Used Napkins
  • Toilet paper & paper towels
  • Wrapping paper
  • Pine needles/pine straw
  • Pressed paper egg cartons
  • Sawdust
  • Brown paper shopping bags
  • Brown paper lunch bags
  • Feed bags made of paper
  • Wood chips
  • Bedding from chickens
  • Grass clippings

April 30, 2016 by Marci LaFavers

Shop Garden & Patio Living at Marci's Country Market....

  • Artichoke
  • Arugula
  • Asparagus
  • Beans
  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Cucumber
  • Endive
  • Garlic
  • Gourds
  • Kale
  • Kohlrabi
  • Leeks
  • Lettuce
  • Mesclun Greens
  • Melons
  • Okra
  • Onions
  • Parsnips
  • Peas

Here's a list of some gabarge items that can go into the compost bin.

 The Old Barn Homestead 

Seeds to direct sow are most root crops and cold-hardy plants:


Seeds to start indoors are tender varieties and heat loving plants:

  • Chard
  • Endive
  • Garlic
  • Kale
  • Kohlrabi
  • Leaf Lettuce
  • Leeks
  • Mustard Greens

We can do our part for the environment by composting our garbage. About two-thirds of our garbage can go into the compost bin or pile. The best part is you get rich peat-based compost that your plants will love, while saving money. Use your compost when planting seeds and add around plants throughout the gardening season for fertilizer. 

A garden requires patient labor and attention. Plants do not grow merely to satisfy ambitions or to fulfill good intentions. They thrive because someone expended effort on them.Liberty Hyde Bailey

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When planting seeds, which ones do you start in a greenhouse/indoors and which ones to sow directly into the ground? Here's a quick guide to help with that question.

Don't pick or mow down all the dandelions and wildflowers! Don't spray them with pesticides! Leave them for the bees! Insects such as bees facilitate pollination as they buzz from plant to plant while feeding on nectar or collecting pollen. This is important for growing our gardens. Maybe even plant some wildflowers near your garden.

Note: Don't add peels or plants that have been chemically sprayed.

Quick Gardening Tips

  • Fruit & vegetable peels
  • Citrus rinds
  • Melon rinds
  • Coffee grounds & most paper coffee fiters
  • Leftover coffee (cooled)
  • Tea leaves/tea bags (remove staples that hold string)
  • Old vegetables
  • Houseplant trimmings
  • Fresh leaves
  • Deadheads from flowers
  • Dead plants
  • Seaweed
  • Cooked plain rice
  • Cooked plain pasta
  • Stale bread
  • Corn husks
  • Corn cobs
  • Broccoli stalks
  • Thinnings from the garden
  • Bulbs that cannot be used
  • Old herbs and spiced
  • Egg shells