Organic Gardening

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

Winter 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 winter 2016/2017.


Heirloom Expert: Annuals vs Perennials

By Doug Oster

Doug Oster offers advice on transistioning from a garden of annuals to perennials.


Heirloom Expert: Guilty to Giddy

By Doug Oster

If you need a break from the everyday maintenance woes of your summer garden, you aren't alone! Relief is on the way in the form of fall.


Heirloom Expert: Impatiens Problems

By Doug Oster

Find the answer to downy mildew, replanting, and other impatiens problems.


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Extreme Heat: Gardening in the Low Desert

By Donna Hamill

One Arizona gardener shares her ongoing journey to combat the high heat and make her desert garden thrive.


Organic Gardening is for the Birds

By Cindy Barlowe

Migratory birds are welcome helpers in the garden, but they, along with other food chain members, are constant mortality reminders for the gardener.


Garlic Chive Scapes, Versatile and Delicious

By Cindy Barlowe

Long after spring hardneck garlic scape season, garlic chives form another scape, delighting professional chefs and home cooks with a delicious culinary treat. Mild garlic flavor shines in Potato and Garlic Chive Scape Soup. Celebrate summer's end by making this comforting recipe.


Garden Envy Led to a Thriving Tropical Paradise

By Sherry Smith

Every region has beautiful flowers that favor the local environment. While the traditional cottage garden may be out of the question, with a little research, you can create your own flower-filled haven for butterflies and hummingbirds.