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winter gardening in "the smile"
Winter Gardening in “The Smile” 1035 777 Eco Garden Systems

Winter Gardening in “The Smile”

As Fall progresses in Minnesota and the Upper Midwest, we begin to focus on what is commonly termed “The Smile.” This phrase comes out of the feed and ag business where the geography from Seattle through California and then into Texas, across the Southeast and up into the Maryland area is seen as a great place for Winter gardening & production – whether livestock, second crops of popular commodities (such as wheat) and gardening.

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growing vegetables indoors in a garden box
7 Tips for Growing Vegetables Indoors 602 449 Eco Garden Systems

7 Tips for Growing Vegetables Indoors

Growing Vegetables Indoors: How to become hardcore in the gardening world Have you ever tried growing vegetables indoors? We don’t mean a lone basil plant or a mock orange tree or even starting your seeds…

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extend your growing season with a garden dome
How Can an Elevated Garden Extend Your Growing Season? 1033 581 Eco Garden Systems

How Can an Elevated Garden Extend Your Growing Season?

As we move towards Fall here in Minnesota, we see a lot of activities that drop off dramatically after Labor Day. From golf to lake and cabin visits to outdoor restaurant seating, as the weather cools, folks tend to move on to other activities. Unfortunately, this is a bit of a trend in vegetable gardening as well. You’re not alone if you too are wondering how to extend your growing season.

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clover ground cover plant
Let’s Debate: Ground Cover Plants or Mulch? 626 417 Eco Garden Systems

Let’s Debate: Ground Cover Plants or Mulch?

As Winter approaches, we have been seeing a lot of information on how to best leave your soil over the Winter – by planting ground cover plants or heavily mulching your space. We see merits on both sides and have a preference for our own gardens (more on that at the end) so let’s explore the benefits!

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hands in soil sustainable gardening methods
Sustainable Gardening Methods: Hacking Fertilizer 626 352 Eco Garden Systems

Sustainable Gardening Methods: Hacking Fertilizer

We have shared before some things you can do at home to re-use things around the house to “hack” your gardening experience and implement sustainable gardening methods. Now, we want to share some ideas on how to make a season’s worth of fertilizer over the Winter months and into Spring. We will also share any cautions we have experienced or come across. All of these are easy – but they require a bit of thought as well.

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people in a community garden
Lacking Backyard Space? Join a Community Garden 974 650 Eco Garden Systems

Lacking Backyard Space? Join a Community Garden

Gardening is a rewarding hobby that many find to be a peaceful, solitary effort. But if you’re a beginner, or don’t have the space, you may want to consider community gardening. In Minneapolis alone, there are over 300 community gardens. And if you are interested in gardening but don’t know how to start, growing food as a group will shorten your learning curve—there will likely be experienced growers in the mix. It’s a wonderful way to connect with people who share your passions and interests.

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Start Your School Vegetable Garden
Start Your School Vegetable Gardening Program This Year 974 487 Eco Garden Systems

Start Your School Vegetable Gardening Program This Year

Did you know that 30-40% of 5th and 6th graders do not know where food comes from? What better way to introduce the subject than to start a school vegetable garden! Fast food and processed…

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scooping dirt to prepare garden soil for winter
6 Tips for How to Prepare Garden Soil for Winter 974 647 Eco Garden Systems

6 Tips for How to Prepare Garden Soil for Winter

Yes, we know you’re still enjoying the harvest from this year’s garden, and waiting patiently for fall vegetables to crop up. But soon you will have to put the garden to bed (at least in the cold parts of the country). There is plenty to do before that, though. The soil in your raised garden bed is teeming with life and can be used again next year. Here are some tips to prepare garden soil for winter and keep it healthy, and ready to take on the spring growing season!

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12 cool weather vegetables
12 Cool Weather Vegetables for Your Fall Vegetable Garden 1920 1280 Eco Garden Systems

12 Cool Weather Vegetables for Your Fall Vegetable Garden

Are you enjoying your summer vegetable garden harvest as much as we are? All that hard work is paying off. And that bounty doesn’t have to end with the warm weather garden because fall is the perfect time to plant more veggies. Here are 12 cool weather vegetables that grow well in a raised garden bed like an Eco Garden.

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raised bed summer vegetable garden
The Beginner Gardener: Summer Vegetable Garden Review 974 729 Eco Garden Systems

The Beginner Gardener: Summer Vegetable Garden Review

In the Vegetable Garden with Jessica // Somehow summer is almost at an end – the cool August weather makes it feel like fall already. A few weeks ago, I planted more seeds in my raised vegetable garden in hopes of a fall harvest. Doing this made me reflect on how the garden did in my second year as a gardener. See what I learned…

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