Dirt Under Your Nails :: Online Organic Gardening Tutorials

Hello!  I hope you are all doing well and enjoying your time outdoors.  This week has been incredibly busy and I'm finding myself slightly overwhelmed with the May gardening chores!  The last frost date in CT is in about 3 weeks, and that is when I'll be putting out my veggie seedlings.  I'm supposed to wait until then to plant up my annual containers as well, but I was seduced by pink flowers at the garden center today and I indulged.  Oh garden centers are my weakness and now I have another "chore" for my list this weekend!

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(Images: Garden Organic)

I've been rushing about to prepare my own garden beds. I'm usually out there really early in the morning or really late at night and sometimes I feel a bit nutty about the whole thing.  But then I think about how much the local chipmunks enjoy eating my tomatoes and my motivation just blossoms....


(Image: Ryan Berkley Illustration)

As a result of my very busy week I'm feeling the urge to sit back and relax with a glass of wine and some youtube videos....yes, the roomba cat will be on repeat, but I will also be visiting some of my favorite organic gardening channels.  I love to see what others are doing in their gardens, and pick up new ideas.

As I mentioned last week, I have an inner English lady.  So naturally, I gravitate to British gardening shows!

One of my favorite youtube channels is GardenOrganic's channel.

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(Images: Caroline Finnegan)

The Produce Garden

The Thrifty Gardener


Organic Texas


I search youtube for organic gardening, permaculture, landscape design and anything else my mind may come up with....after a couple of glasses of wine, it will be back to roomba cat, I cannot lie...but until then I will be enjoying some great gardening!

Do you have any favorite youtube sites?

Next week I have a fun project to share with you all!  Until then, happy gardening!!!

Caroline Finnegan owns Ladybug Landscaping, a full service organic landscaping company. based in CT. She is a NOFA accredited landcare professional and when not designing gardens can be found rearranging her furniture or out at a flea market finding new goodies. She almost always has dirt under her nails.

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  • You live in CT? I do too! And although the frost date is still 3 weeks away, I’m not terribly worried about the frost. At worst, we might get pretty low at night, but I have yet to actually see frost for a few weeks now! It seems as if we are having an early summer/spring, but that makes me nervous about how ridiculously hot this summer is going to be!

  • I’m already almost a month behind planting some of my veggies down here in Florida!!! AAAHHHH. I will get it done this weekend. I have planted my summer annuals though and my perennials are coming back strong again this year. I love watching them poke their heads up one day and a week later they are full and starting to set their flowers. Every year the garden changes and fills in more and more. I am starting to think we may have planted a few things too close (like my husband said!), but not worried about it since we both love the crazy cottage garden style. Controlled chaos is my favortie.
    Good luck in making yourself wait to plant!

  • Fantastic! I just started my first garden, all-organic, and I couldn’t be more excited! I’m growing Zinnias in ‘tickled pink,’ Poppies in sunset hued oranges and yellows, and Cilantro. It will be such a cute little garden for my balcony! :)

    Thanks for inspiring me to start the garden, Bonnie! Without reading your blog, I don’t think I ever would have been motivated, and now I can’t believe how excited I am about 10 little peat pots filled with dirt.


  • Brianna – I totally agree with you about this upcoming summer….oh my goodness I fear for the sweltering humidity. I have planted most of my herbs, but I’m waiting till the end of May for my tomatoes and peppers. New England weather is unpredictable and I’ve lost plants in the past to overanxious planting! I did, however, succumb to even more annuals and perennials – it’s so hard when I’m potting up client’s backyard containers to not want more of my own!!!

    Jen – I wish you luck this weekend with your veggie planting! I too love the controlled chaos of a cottage garden! I have one garden that needs to be divided almost every year because I planted too close….I learned my lesson well. The recipients of all those divisions encourage me to make the same mistake again!!!

    Jes – it’s funny how one little pot of annuals can soothe the green thumb for a couple of weeks! Enjoy getting the rest of your plants potted up!

    Anna – 10 little peat pots represents so much potential! Good luck with your garden!!!

  • hi anna! awwwww, this made me so happy! i’m so excited that i could inspire you to dive into your garden, and i can’t wait to see what becomes of it! yeah!!