Organic Gardening

Articles about organic pest and weed control, season extension, tools of the trade, and more.

Heirloom Expert: Removing Ice from Trees

By Doug Oster

Should you remove ice and snow form bushes, shrubs, and trees, or should you leave it be.

Heirloom Gardener: Mystery Beets

By Doug Oster

Doug doesn’t miss a beat when it comes to his knowledge of the mysterious beets.

Pickles, Pickles, and More Pickles!

By Sherry Smith

A small 25 cent packet of seeds and a "why not?" attitude filled the pantry. Garlic dill pickles, Serrano dill pickles, bread and butter pickles, fermented pickles…we've got 'em all!

Tick, Tock, a Flower Clock

By Betsy Strauch

Want to mark the hours by the blooms in your garden? It’s time to plant a flower clock.


Types of Seeds: Heirloom, Hybrid, and Open-Pollinated

By Christy Marsden, Seed Savers Exchange

To save seeds that are healthy, vigorous, and true-to-form, it’s important to understand the different seed types available in today’s market.

What’s in a Name? Understanding Botanical Nomenclature

By Oscar H. Will III

We’re introducing the first installment of the Herbarium department, where we’ll explain scientific names of plants and other common botanical terms, such as cultivar vs. variety, to help gardeners better navigate seed catalogs.

Fall 2016 Gardener’s Almanac

By the Heirloom Gardener Editors

Mark your calendars; here are the dates that gardeners and naturalists alike won’t want to miss for fall 2016.

Heirloom Expert: How to Cure a Gardener’s Cabin Fever

By Doug Oster

Do you ever get a little stir crazy with cabin fever while waiting to get back in the garden? There are some ways to get in the gardening spirit in winter.

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