Spring Online Gardening Reading

by Jenny Peterson on April 4, 2014

in Gardening Tips

I’m poppin’ up all over the place lately, and I didn’t even plan it this way! As a writer, I simply hand in things when my editors say they need them, and wait (im)patiently until they are published. I’m not gonna lie; it’s always fun to see something I’ve written in print, whether it’s online or in print media. This week, I’ve got a couple of articles in some very cool online magazines/ebooks — check it out:

Bonnie Plants Edible Container Gardens eBook with P. Allen Smith:

Bonnie Plants eBook

 I contributed a stackable herb garden idea based on the traditional herb spiral concept. I love how their artist turned my design into a work of art — isn’t this beautiful? Check out pp. 12-13 for directions on how to create your own.

Herb Tower

From Scratch: This is a great quarterly online mag about raising chickens, and general homesteading and urban farming topics. The newest issue just came out, and my article is on “Choosing Your Chicken Breed,” for those of you considering chickens and need some guidance on how to choose what breed(s) to get.


 Do you have a favorite online publication — magazine or ebook — that you like to read? Leave a comment for the rest of us — I’m always looking for great new sources of gardening and urban farming information!



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Tips for Year Round Veggie Gardening

by Jenny Peterson on April 3, 2014

in Gardening Tips

Just in time for spring planting is this cool infographic on veggie gardening from my friends at The Spigot. We gardeners are visual people, so I always love graphics like this one. Remember to check with your local County Extension Office for a more specific list of what to plant and when for your area!
Year Round Gardening Tips for Every Season
Courtesy of: The Spigot, The Official XHOSE blog

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April Garden Checklist for Austin

April 2, 2014

Holy Cow! We just got through a strong winter and an unusually cool start to our Spring around here, didn’t we? That means that we’re all raring to go and get out in the garden! I know I am. Here’s a round-up of what to plant, prune and fertilize this month. Texas Gardener’s April Checklist […]

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What’s Up With All The Egg Colors?

April 1, 2014

Before I started raising chickens, I’d buy my eggs at the grocery store, and always wondered what the difference was between egg colors. I had this idea that the brown eggs were more exotic or healthier. So, what’s the scoop with all these different egg colors — white, ecru, light brown, dark brown, dark brown […]

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Dr. Seuss Bloom

March 26, 2014

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Deciphering Egg Carton Labels

March 25, 2014

When I first started raising chickens a year ago, there were some terms that were confusing to me. Specifically, the description of the eggs. For example, when you buy eggs at the store, you can purchase regular/cheap eggs, organic eggs, cage-free eggs, and on and on. But what do these mean, and what should you […]

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The 20-30 Something Garden Guide Giveaway: We Have a Winner!

February 27, 2014

Thank you to everyone who celebrated the release of our gal Dee Nash’s new book, The 20-30 Something Garden Guide: A No-Fuss, Down and Dirty, Gardening 101 for Anyone Who Wants to Grow Stuff! We had a wonderful time with our virtual book release party — I hope you all enjoyed it, too! There were […]

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Book Review & Giveaway: The 20-30 Something Garden Guide

February 16, 2014

When I was a young gardener (in my late 20s/early 30s; I got a late start), I had no idea what I was doing. Married and a stay-at-home mom with two little boys and a tight budget, I began to garden. I started a vegetable garden and even tried some flowers. We lived on a […]

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February Garden Checklist

February 1, 2014

Ughhh — it has been one doozy of a winter, hasn’t it? Early cold fronts, unusual ice and snow, then soaring into the 70s two days later. Well, we’re not out of the woods yet — one more month til spring. But that doesn’t mean you sit back and rest on your laurels and just […]

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When A Chicken Dies

January 21, 2014

Yeah, so….my brother-in-law’s dog, Tosca, came to visit yesterday and she wound up killing one of our chickens, a beautiful and sweet natured girl named Omelette. I’m not at all upset with Tosca — this was human error in that: Our chickens were out free-ranging Tosca was not on a leash and is not used […]

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