Grow Marigolds! They Are Awesome!

Every garden can use Marigolds. Find out these fun facts about why you need to add marigolds

Grow Marigolds… Let’s be honest, marigolds seem kind of out-dated. Yellow or orange balls of flowers you can get for $1 at big box stores. Sure they add some color, have a slightly strange scent, and weather neglect pretty well, but in reality they are just kind of the bland work horses of the garden. They are like the grandma of flower gardens and I resisted growing them for years!  Except they AREN’T outdated; marigolds are awesome! Grow Marigolds First, let’s just discuss the plant itself. Marigolds (or Tagetes for you Latin purists) are native to North and South America. … Read more…

Bees and Butterflies on the Rebound

Bumblebee on lavender

This week is pollinator week in in the United States.  National Pollinator week was created to bring awareness to all pollinators which include bees, butterflies, birds, and and bats.  In case you weren’t aware Asheville is a certified Bee City, USA.  There is a week long celebration to bring awareness to pollinators. As gardeners, I tend to think we take mental notes of all the environmental gloom and doom we hear. Global warming, bee colony collapse, droughts, pesticide, and the myriad of other environmental disasters that we both contribute to as humans and feel absolutely overwhelmed to stop. Well guess what, today … Read more…

Craft Thyme Does Canning!

If you have read Craft Thyme for any length of time you have probably realized we aren’t a cooking blog!  That being said, we (especially Adam) are decent cooks.  In addition to gardening and DIY I’m a not too shabby baker, but one of my hidden talents is canning.  If you do any type of vegetable gardening you will find that you have a surplus of something from time to time.  Canning is a great way to use up that produce without composting or giving it away. If you have never canned it is easy and fun and takes very … Read more…

How to Build Potato Boxes

Potato boxes

Short on garden space? Then a potato tower or potato box may be just what you need and we can show you just how to build a grow tower.  We currently have a smaller yard that we have worked hard to create an attractive edible landscape.  Growing potatoes in the ground doesn’t exactly conform to the small tidy asethetic we have going on.  I had taken a class on intensive gardening and recalled there was such a thing as a potato tower.  You can google potato boxes, potato towers, grow towers, and grow bags to get a visual on options.  … Read more…

Why Good Dirt Is Crucial For Your Garden

Why good dirt and soil is crucial for your garden

Let’s get the dirt on dirt. Preparing your garden dirt or garden soil is key to a successful growing season. It may sound silly but your soil is the basis by which everything happens. Good dirt is necessary to support, feed, and grow beautiful vegetables and flowers. Frankly, if I am going to go to the trouble to start seeds, plant starts, weed, fertilize, and water I am damn well going to want to have spectacular vegetables. Without a good base for the plants all those mentioned activities will still result in sad looking plants. If we can all agree the … Read more…