Organic Gardening

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

Spring 2017 Gardener's Almanac

By the Heirloom Gardener Editors

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


Coir in the Garden

By Rebecca Warner

Try using coir— the pith from coconut processing that’s more sustainable than peat moss and just as effective as a growing medium.


And So the New Year Begins...

By Sherry Smith

It's winter, and the garden beds are no longer filled with tomatoes and peppers, but gardeners never stop gardening.


Wishful Thinking

By Cindy Barlowe

Seed catalogs are to adult gardeners what Christmas wish books are to children. Colorful photographs and intriguing descriptions make it difficult to resist temptation, even for those who grow large gardens.


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Defining True Fruits

By Oscar H. Will III

Why isn’t a cashew a nut? Learn the answer to this question and more in the second installment of our Herbarium department, in which we explain the different types of plants and the scientific logic behind their classification.


What is an Heirloom Seed?

By Sarah Straate, Tor Janson, and Tim Johnson

The staff at Seed Savers Exchange discusses the origin of the word “heirloom” and how they differentiate heirloom seeds from others on the market.


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.



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