Category Archives: Edibles

How to Grow Seed Potatoes

Where to Start? Before picking out your favorite seed potatoes, think about where you would like to plant.  Avoid planting seed potatoes right next to tomatoes.  Because the two are in the same Night Shade family, they are both susceptible to the same diseases. Potatoes grow best in well-drained, loose soil that is high in…

All About Basil

Have you ever wanted to try to grow your own basil, but you just aren't sure how to do it?  Read on to see just how easy it is!

Where to Start?

When growing basil, it is best to make sure you have at least half a day of sun.  Pick out a sunny location in your garden or even plant a pot with herbs.

Basil can get large, so if you want to be able to harvest often, bigger pots tend to allow for more growth.  If planting in a pot, make sure it has holes at the bottom for drainage and fill with your favorite potting mix.  We love the Purple Cow potting mix for herbs.

If you are planting in the ground, make sure you pick a spot that has good drainage.  Basil does not like to stay wet.

Basil Care

Since you have the sun and soil down, now you need to know how to water and fertilize.  Allow the soil to dry out in between watering.  Rain and weather will determine how often your basil will need watered.  When you do water, try to water at the base of the plant.  This ensures that the leaves stay dry, even if you are watering later in the day.  We fertilize herbs each week to keep them actively growing.


When you harvest basil, always pinch the top.  This helps keep flowering to a minimum (since that will take energy away from the leaf growth) and pinching the top will help your basil fill out, rather than look like a tree (if you strip the bottom leaves of the plant).

Ways to Use Basil

Here are some fun ways to use basil.

  1. 1. Pizza
  2. 2. Bruchetta
  3. 3. Sauces
  4. 4. Kebabs
  5. 5. Salads
  6. 6. Infused Oils
  7. 7. Pesto
  8. 8. Pastas
  9. 9. Beverages

Strawberry Basil Cocktail

  • -Fresh Strawberries
  • -2 Basil Leaves
  • -Lemonade
  • -1 Ounce of Vodka

Insect Control for Your Garden

Do you hate to see insects ruin your flowers, veggies, and more?  We've got a great solution for you! There are so many products on the market to choose from, often making it daunting to even go in search of a solution for insect control.  If you are looking for a food safe option, we have…

Veggie Gardening 101

Ever wonder how to start a garden?  Here are the basic tips to veggie gardening success.  Sun and Soil Picking the correct location to garden is probably the most important step in ensuring a successful harvest. A vegetable garden should get six to eight hours of sunlight each day and have good drainage.  If you have…