You will love growing succulents, I promise. Do you love flowers, plants, trees, vegetables or whatever grows in the earth outside? I love my tiny front porch with a basket of flowers sitting on a table. It says “welcome” to me and puts a smile on my face. My daughter, Allison took a class on how to make a wreath with succulents. She recently came to visit me and surprised me with a few plants shown below.

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Have you wondered how to improve your soil in your raised garden beds? I drove out to LaVerkin, Utah to a small family-owned garden shop called Ballard Nursery to get the scoop on soil, raised beds and so much more. We have all had good years of gardening and occasional years when we wonder what the in the world happened to my squash, or whatever.

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How many of you have heard or said this statement, “what can I do to make my garden grow?” Well, today we are going to talk about the things I know based on my own experience and from researching this subject. Of course, I would love you to share your ideas about how you make your garden grow as well. Thanks in advance because we all learn from each other. I decided I had to make a plan for my backyard so I could live off my land, or at least try to live off my small plot of soil. Today I want you think about growing a garden, if you aren’t already. Let’s get the process started.

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I decided to try a different gardening approach a few years ago. Here in Southern Utah I have had trouble growing a garden. I have tried HUGE pots filled to the brim with Miracle Grow Potting soil designed for pots.  I have tried the Extra Moisture type potting soil as well. They did not work for me either. I didn’t get more than two or three tomatoes in those pots.  I even had special tubes watering them through the sprinkling system. The pots did not work for me here in the heat of the summer where we sometimes get temperatures up 110 degrees, too HOT for regular gardening!

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Garden-Prepare your garden beds now for next year! We all want to know how to prepare our garden so next year we can produce a great deal of fruit and vegetables for ourselves. It’s hard to believe it’s that time of year when we need  to clean out the garden, the flower beds, prune the trees, and fertilize. I will miss my fresh tomatoes, lettuce, basil and cucumbers. I didn’t get a lot of squash this year, it usually goes gangbusters. Not this year though. I have a really small yard but it still takes time to clean out the garden and cut back shrubs that are overgrown. I have a few flower pots with perennials that I enjoy in the spring and summer. There is something amazing when you see those flower buds just about to bloom. Gotta love it! Do you love watching for the vegetable seeds to start peeking out of the soil? Life is good!

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Today I am sharing how to use fresh basil from your garden or farmer’s market. The leaves are very fragrant, a little round leaf with a pointed tip. The leaves are used in many main dishes, side dishes, as well as a natural health remedy. It’s a really good source of  Vitamin A, so when you make that yummy spaghetti sauce add some freshly snipped chopped leaves to your sauce. Your heart will love it.

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