Organic Gardening

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

A Case for Garden Classes

By Saskia Esslinger

Taking a hands-on local class is the best way to learn gardening.


Egyptian Walking Onions, A Statement Perennial for Your Garden

By Amber Allen

An overview about Egyptian Walking Onions and why they are great to have growing in your garden.


How Seed Swaps Inspire Heirloom Gardening

By Mary Jane Duford

Seed swaps are the perfect way to inspire new gardeners to take up heirloom gardening. The interesting cultivars, fascinating histories, and connections with other local gardeners help create rewarding home gardens while nurturing heirloom seed exchange within the community.


Tater Tales

By Cindy Barlowe

Fingerling potatoes are excellent container plants and are delicious in fresh potato salad. Early Appalachian settlers used underground storage caves, called Tater Tunnels, to store tubers, inspiring imaginative fears for children who dared to enter the dark recesses.


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Summer 2017 Gardener's Almanac

By the Heirloom Gardener Editors

Mark your calendars — here are the dates to remember in summer 2017!


Profitable, Small-Scale Flower Farming

By Erin Benzakein

Cut flowers are one of the highest-grossing crops per acre. Create a debt-free farm and surround yourself with beauty by following this expert advice.


Photosynthesis for Gardeners

By Oscar H. Will III

Photosynthesis isn’t nearly as efficient as you may think.


The Year of Missing Martins

By Cindy Barlowe

Gardening requires a leap of faith and keeps gardeners humble when forces of nature cause crops to fail. Each year's challenges present disappointment, but also deliver joy with successful harvests. When migratory Purple Martins are absent, is it possible for other creatures to replace their company?