Organic Gardening

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

Gardening is Not for Control Freaks

By Susie Erdey

You've sketched your garden layout on graph paper and seed-saved and nurtured your seedlings and waited patiently for the frost-free date. This will be the year your garden takes off. And then Mother Nature says, "Oh, really? Watch this."


Heirloom Expert: Cool Weather Crops

By Doug Oster

What cool weather crops are good for extending the fall garden into the colder months, or starting up the spring garden after a long winter?


Heirloom Expert: What's the Secret to Growing Cilantro?

By Doug Oster

Does growing cilantro leave you frustrated? Doug Oster has some helpful advice to get the plant going in your garden.


Heirloom Expert: Should You Grow Bamboo?

by Doug Oster

Bamboo plants can add an interesting and unique look to a space, but Doug Oster warns against letting the invasive plant into your garden.


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Observations and Orientation

By Elizabeth Stone

Learning to observe is essential in planning a permaculture garden.


Rediscovering Heirloom Dahlias

By William Woys Weaver

Drawn to the rich colors of the Victorian flower varieties, this heirloom gardener is carefully breeding and recreating forgotten heirloom dahlias.


Heirloom Expert: Outsmart the Deer in Your Garden

By Doug Oster

There’s no question that deer love to munch on certain blossoms. How can you keep them from their favorite snack without giving up growing those plants?


Heirloom Expert: Know Your Soil’s pH

By Doug Oster

If you struggle growing particular veggies in your garden, try getting a soil test to make sure your patch of earth has a level pH balance.



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