Blackberries are biennials!

One of our favorite seasons at the BELL is blackberry season. You may have heard about it from your neighbors. We have scores of families arriving to pick their own blackberries often with the kids clutching their Halloween baskets ready to be filled with healthy...

How much water do my vegetables need?

This is a question I get asked a lot. A LOT! Here in Nashville we average approximately 50-52 inches of rain annually, using 52 inches a year makes the math easier – 1” per week. May is traditionally our wettest month with an average of 5.5”, followed by November with...

How To Grow Garlic At Home

Growing garlic yourself is astoundingly simple; there are just a few rules you have to follow to ensure a healthy crop. Also it should be mentioned that there are two different groups of garlic: softneck and hardneck varieties. Today, we are talking about hardneck...

Making Garden Beds with Hand Tools

Spring is right around the corner, which means it’s time to start prepping our garden beds for this years first plantings! At the BELL Garden we grow in several types of garden beds including raised beds, but today we are going to learn how to start a garden with...

What is an indeterminate tomato?

If you have heard the terms “determinate” and “indeterminate” in regard to tomatoes, what does that mean? In general, an indeterminate tomato plant is one that will produce fruit (the edible tomato) over an extended period of time.  This allows the gardener to harvest...

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...

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...