A Short Lesson on Seed Starting

We are nearing that time of year to start our seeds indoors. Today we are going to talk about what a seed needs to sprout so that we can have healthy plants to set out in spring. Germination Before you start seeds at home, there are a few things you should know about...

Starting Seeds with Egg Cartons

It’s February, which is the time to finish up the garden plan you’ve been working on and get some seeds started indoors! Today we are going to learn how to use recycled egg cartons to start a variety of seeds and then transplant them to larger pots until they are...

5 Tips for Starting Seeds Indoors

We have all been in the position where we are wanting to start giving our green thumb a go. Having seedlings sprout up is just about as heat warming to us gardeners as watching a child be born or watching our favorite pet grow up. We sometimes because of weather,...

When is the best time to plant tomatoes?

Spring is here and the stores are full of tomato plants ready to be picked up and plopped in the ground. But when is the best time to do that? The first thing to think about is that tomatoes are warm weather plants, so you don’t want to get them in the ground until...

Advice to First Time Gardeners

With the arrival of the 2020 seed catalogs, gardeners are drafting plans for new harvests. There’s such a thing as being too enthusiastic, though, especially among novices. Beginners can achieve their best planting results by thinking small. “Starting too large is the...

Roasted Vegetables Recipe

Roasted Vegetables with Maple Syrup and Rosemary 450° oven – Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper. 1 medium butter squash, peeled, seeded and cut into bite size chunks 1 large bag Brussels sprouts, trimmed, large ones cut in half 3 Tbs fresh...

How To Make A Lasagna Garden Bed

At the BELL Garden we try to promote gardening tactics that are accessible to the home gardener and reduce their workload while building fertility. Lasagna gardening (or sheet composting) is one method of bed preparation that is easy, effective and sustainable. It can...

Infusing Oils for Kitchen & Body

Infusing herbs in oil is one of the easiest ways to extract the medicinal or culinary properties of herbs that make them so desirable. Using these infused herbal oils, different body care products like salves, lip balms, lotions and massage oils can be made. You can...

Composting

Approximately 28% of the waste that Nashville residents create each year is food and yard waster that could be composted!  Composting is nature’s way of recycling food and yard waste.  It is a process that naturally occurs when organic materials are returned to...

Making Herbal Salves At Home

Last week we learned how to infuse our own herbal oils. Today, we are going to learn how to make our own healing salve using what we made. What is a Salve? A salve is a versatile ointment applied to the surface of the body. It can be used to help heal small wounds,...