How To: Make a Modular Critter-Proof Vegetable Garden

How To: Make a Modular Critter-Proof Vegetable Garden

JoAnn Moser is a longtime friend and contributor to Curbly, and this month, she's excited to be releasing her second book, Garden Builder. Perfect for any gardener or outdoor enthusiast with a few basic DIY skills, it is packed with 31 complete project plans, each one featuring finished photos of the project along with cut lists and shopping lists, a construction diagram, and step-by-step instructions (complete with photos) show exactly how to build every project.  

Today, we're pumped to be sharing a project from that book: a raised bed garden that keeps out all the squirrels, deer, rabbits, and other backyard critters that like to take your growing produce off the plant, take one bite, then just leave it there to mock you. Continue Reading

Weeknight Meal: How to Make A Quick Courgette Lasagna

created at: 02/07/2013Editor’s Note 1: For those in North America, Australia, Scandinavia, and elsewhere,  courgette is the French term for zucchini. 
Editor’s Note 2: This sounds amazing.

A great crowd pleaser for meat-eaters and vegetarians alike this quick midweek dinner will be on the table in under an hour.  

Ingredients
(Serves 4)

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 large courgettes, grated
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes
  • 1/3 15 oz tub of ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 24 oz tomato pasta sauce
  • 3 tbsp of Parmesan
  • 6 sheets of lasagna
  • salt
  • pepper

Step 1: Heat the oven to 375F/190C. Continue Reading

How to: Grow a Year-Round Salad Garden

 created at: 10/10/2012

As you may have gathered from my weekly “Foodie Friday” posts I enjoy cooking, but equally I enjoying growing my own food, which I write about on my site, curate this space.

Aside from the health and nutritional benefits of doing so, there is also something quite primal about knowing where and how your food is grown.

Today I’m going to teach you how to grow your own easy to grow salad garden which will grow all year round in frost free areas. Continue Reading

How To: Make Your Own Fruit and Vegetable Wash.

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Whether your produce is treated or straight from your own organic-method backyard, it’s always wise to wash it before consuming. If commercial, washing will remove any chemicals, waxes, or supplements, and if natural, it can help rid your goodies of dirt or insects. A quick spray ‘wash’ helps save water, plus “most chemicals used on produce won’t be washed off with a simple application of water—if they were, they wouldn’t be very effective in the face of growing season rainfall.”

Apartment Therapy’s Re-Nest offers two easy DIY produce wash recipes that are cheaper than commercial products. Continue Reading

Roll-Out Vegetable Mat Makes Gardening a Snap.

No kidding…it even includes a set of garden markers.chris chapman, veggie roll-out mat, gardening, home gardening

Chris Chapman’s Roll-Out Veg Mat could be just the solution you’re searching for. The corrugated cardboard mat is sowed with four types of vegetable seeds and organic fertilizer all ready to be rolled out – all you need to do is add water and soil… Complete with fun graphics and instructions, Chapman’s design makes gardening much more approachable to budding green thumbs.” A different mat will be released each season, allowing for a year round harvest of fresh, easy vegetables. Continue Reading

Friendly Vegetables Centerpieces

I do love it when Martha brings the weird, and by weird I mean completely adorable and kooky…

created on: 12/02/08

Who doesn’t love friendly, anthropomorphous root vegetables? Not me! To make this centerpiece you’ll need

  • A selection of root vegetables (oooh, and I would name them… Mr. White, Mr. Pink, Mr. Blue Mr.Rogers)
  • Push pins for eyeballs (I might add googly eyes)
  • A craft knife and a black marker.

You clean the chaps up, poke in the pins for eyes, cut a half moon
shape for a mouth and colour it in with the marker, arrange them in a
suitably menacing, cute, or bizarro way and voila, if you’re anything
like me it will have to cackling with glee for days. Continue Reading

6 Steps to Planting a Successful Vegetable Garden

Although it’s snowing outside my window, spring is in the air, which means planting season is just around the corner! If you’ve always wanted to gather vegetables from your own garden, then you might want to make friends with Catherine Abbott, the vegetable garden helper. Catherine suggests, even before you start planting, you ask yourself these questions:

What vegetables do you and your family like to eat?
Which ones would you like to grow? Continue Reading

How To Use All Those Summer Vegetables.

It's that time of year: all the plants to which you've so gingerly tended have returned the favor, with thousands of fruits and vegetables that you and your family can never eat.

Of course, you're thankful for the zucchini, eggplant, bell peppers, and the tomatoes….the countless, countless tomatoes.

Here's a couple options to use all that nature has provided. Please post your favorite tips below.

  • Kayln's Kitchen suggests slow roasting tomatoes and then freezing for later use.
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