Gardening tips from the trenches!

gardening tips from the trenches

Mother’s Day gave my hubby and me inspiration to get some flowers planted and the garden tilled up. 

I gathered a few tips I’ve been using this year to share with you. 

1. Use what you have when gardening. We have this old wheelbarrow at another house. We put it to great use as a flower container. Just drilled holes in the bottom for drainage and added a mat and potting soil. 

marigolds keep mosquitos away

2. Marigolds are supposed to help keep mosquitos away. I bought a bunch and put them on my front porch so we can sit there and still enjoy our swing and being outside. 

3. Plant lettuce in potting soil and cut the tops off to  make a salad. Then let it grow again. You can do this with the bottom of celery too. Well the exception is you need a planter for celery. Cut the bottom off, plant the bottom and the celery regrows. Very cool!  

lettuce growing in potting soil


I have now almost 3/4 of my garden planted. Whew. It’s not huge but it’s time consuming and back breaking work. But so worth it in the end. I bought about $50 in non gmo seeds last year and can’t find any of them. I’m heartbroken. That’s a lot of money tied up in seeds. I need to go get some melon seeds among other things before I’m done. Here’s what’s in my garden. 



bush beans

lima beans



butternut squash




tomatoes cherry and bigger ones




turnip greens 





and I’m missing canteloupe and watermelon

I used to plant okra but we always fry it so I’m not planting that anymore. I could pickle it. Hmm.  

What do you like to plant in your garden? Have you ever gardened? Leave me a comment and let me know. 

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  1. Well I just learned a couple of new things today. I had no idea Marigolds repelled mosquitos. I need to try that. And the lettuce tip is neat!

  2. Nice gardening advice, Good tips.

  3. Bloom where you are planted! Rosemary and Citronella plants actually repell more than marigolds do!

  4. Debra Fazio-Rutt says:

    I did not know that about marigolds! I’ll have to pick some up the next time I’m at the nursery. We planted this past weekend, but it was all herbs and veggies. I did also get some hanging potted plants!

  5. I would love to plant a garden in our yard next year. I need to do a raised bed to keep my dogs out of it!

  6. I love the wheel barrel! We just started a mini garden w tomatoes which are doing awesome,, peppers, and strawberries and chocolate mint.. What do you do w chocolate mint! I MADE my husband plant okra …I’m Southern.. I need my Okra!

  7. mickey coutts (@ahelicoptermom) says:

    I have such a black thumb, this is definitely great info for me. Thanks!

  8. Such great tips! I need to get planting!

  9. karenssunnysoirees says:

    I love that wheelbarrow planter that you made. It’s so pretty! I am not the best gardener and basically just have one planter full of flowers. I know, lame!

  10. I love to garden but I have not done so in a while. Haven’t had the money to do so but I hope to this summer.

  11. I am horrible at gardening. I’d be afraid to eat what I grew thinking I had screwed it up.

  12. Kayla @ TheEclecticElement says:

    I’m sad to report I have a black thumb so I’m hesitant to start gardening but a neighbor and good friend of ours wants to pull our resources together and go in on a garden together-I guess I’ll have to get over my fear and jump into the soil head first!

    I’ll have to remember some of these great tips 🙂

  13. I really want a garden. I had tomatoes and cilantro once and it was so awesome to eat what we grew!

  14. My gardening tip is to have my mother-in-law do it for me! LOL.

  15. Krystyn @ Really, Are You Serious? says:

    We tried last year and didn’t do very well. Except the basil, that grew like crazy. But, now that you say that about marigolds and mosquitos, I might go buy them all up!

  16. casavilorainteriors says:

    I do need to get some gardening done soon. I plan to start a vegetable garden in my barren backyard

  17. valmg @ Mom Knows It All says:

    I’d never heard that about marigolds keeping mosquitoes away. I may have to try that!

  18. Wow you have a lot in your garden! Great tip about the marigolds, I hate mosquitoes.

  19. Amanda says:

    I didn’t know about marigolds. It seems like no matter what kind or how much bug spray we wear – my son and I get attacked by mosquitoes. No one else will be bit but us!

  20. I got my garden planted this weekend. i cut way back only doing tomatoes, jalapenos and red peppers. I think i might get some lettuce in this week.

  21. I plan to garden this year so thank you for these tips!

  22. krystal says:

    I really want to try to grow cilantro and basil! I’d love to try these tips.

  23. Liz Mays says:

    I’m totally loving your lettuce tip. I’ll try that. I’m growing basil right now and it’s doing well!

  24. Christie says:

    I wish I had a green thumb!! Your garden is inspiring

  25. I think it would be fun to raise watermelon. My grandparents had a lot of things in their garden, but I remember loving that they had grapes!

  26. StacieinAtlanta says:

    I love plants and flowers, but they just don’t love me back. I think I’ve managed to kill every type of plant there is lol.

  27. These are great tips. I love the wheelbarrow, so creative!

  28. Toni Patton says:

    Great tips. I am going to have to do that with my daughters lettuce she grew in class.

  29. I haven’t had a garden in a few years. I am thinking of doing a container garden. I love the lettuce tip… thanks!

  30. Theresa says:

    I need to stock up on marigolds. We live in a woody type area and summers can be brutal when mosquitoes are buzzing around!

  31. Your garden sounds AMAZING! I love being able to eat and cook with things that I’ve grown myself. I started a balcony garden this year and it has taken off- I love it!

  32. Amanda says:

    OK, these are great tips! I learned a lot from this post! I’m going to try make a go of a garden this year. So glad I read this post!

  33. Camesha says:

    Your garden sounds yummy! I have been saying I was going to do some container gardening. I tried with a sunflower…. it died! LOL! I suck at this!

  34. What great tips. Thank you so much for sharing with us. My mother loves to plant and she plants with my boys and family memory they will always treasure.

  35. I really miss to have such a wonderful garden like yours. Gardening can be very useful for some practical daily life such us planting marigolds to prevent mosquitos. What beautiful, fabulous, and complete garden you’ve got. Thank you for sharing.