Van Arden Farms 10-Socket Deep Water Culture (DWC) Hydroponics Kit (Perfect for Seed Starting or Beginners)

Posted on Jun 2, 2015 in Uncategorized | 12 Comments

It’s here–our first Van Arden Farms-branded product!  After years of working with our own DIY DWC kits, we knew what hydro newbies really needed was a plug-and-play system.  No need for hole saws.  No need for unsightly duct tape applied to holes cut too big.  No problems with the plastic expanding over time and the […]

Greenhouse Aspirations

Posted on Mar 4, 2015 in Gardening, Greenhouses, Home Decor | One Comment
Greenhouse Aspirations

Admittedly, the thing that first drew us to greenhouses was not the practicality, but the looks.  Whether a greenhouse is a modern architectural marvel or a glorified potting shed cobbled together from salvaged windows, we think there is an immediate appeal of a structure dedicated to nurturing plants. However, by its very nature, form must […]

Spicy Mango Peach Habanero Sauce

Spicy Mango Peach Habanero Sauce

Is it just us, or is spicy food like any other addiction?  We’ve found that we develop a tolerance over time and are constantly looking for ways to one-up our spice factor.  If you, too, are beginning to feel like Sriracha tastes just like ketchup, then look no further than the recipe for Spicy Mango […]

The Survival Garden: Because sometimes even a regular Wednesday can feel like Armageddon…

The Survival Garden:  Because sometimes even a regular Wednesday can feel like Armageddon…

Some of us have no trouble figuring out what to buy (i.e., five of everything)–it’s what not to buy that causes real dilemma.  For the rest of us (and by “us” in this sentence, we mean “you, perhaps?”), it can be a challenge to know where to start, particularly when it comes to plotting a vegetable […]

Transplanting Peat Pellet Seedlings

Posted on Feb 17, 2015 in Gardening, Seed Starting | 16 Comments
Transplanting Peat Pellet Seedlings

Remember our lil’ seedlings we planted a few weeks ago?  Well, they were beginning to outgrow their peat pellets, and that means it was time to transplant them to a bigger house. To be perfectly clear, this is just the first transplant, but not their final resting place.  As it is still too cold outside […]

Poolside Wishes and BBQ Dreams

Posted on Feb 16, 2015 in Home Decor, Patio decor, Patio Furniture Deals | 3 Comments
Poolside Wishes and BBQ Dreams

  Winter has its moments, but here at Van Arden Farms, we are already getting excited about summer, longer days and outdoor living.  As far as we’re concerned, this will be the summer of luxury and relaxation. Those who know us well know that we’re huge (maybe more than huge), lifelong fans of Target, and we’ve […]

Intro to Hydroponics (and why it’s not just for growing pot)

Intro to Hydroponics (and why it’s not just for growing pot)

So what are hydroponics anyway? Hydroponics is the practice of growing plants in a soil-less medium, where the plant’s nutrition is delivered through water. There are a number of different hydroponic systems, including Deep Water Culture (DWC), Ebb and Flow (sometimes called “Ebb and Flood” or “Flood and Drain”), Nutrient Film Technique (NFT) and others—we […]

Lebanese-style Pickled Beets & Turnips: Canning Recipe

Lebanese-style Pickled Beets & Turnips: Canning Recipe

These pickled turnips and beets are so easy to make and delicious.  They are fabulous straight out of the jar, added to chicken shawarma wraps, or sliced or diced and used in place of traditional cucumber pickles or relish.  Perhaps the best part is that the beets dye the turnips a bold fuschia, making this […]

Canning with Ikea Korken Jars

Posted on Jan 28, 2015 in Boiling Water Bath Canning, canning | 3 Comments
Canning with Ikea Korken Jars

The last time we were perusing the Ikea catalog, we fell in love with a picture of the Korken jars holding preserved fruit in a well-stocked pantry.  Because the only safe way to store fruit long-term outside of the refrigerator or freezer is by canning it according to an approved recipe and method, the picture […]

Water Conservation 101: The Humble Watering Can

Posted on Jan 22, 2015 in Gardening, Water Conservation | 4 Comments
Water Conservation 101: The Humble Watering Can

An ample supply of clean water is a blessing many of us take for granted. But as our friends and family in the Golden State of California have recently come to realize, it is not a limitless resource. There are those who take rain harvesting very seriously, and then there are the rest of us, […]

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