Organic Gardening

Learn how to use natural, organic gardening methods to grow the freshest food in your own garden.

Root Tomato Cuttings for Fall Using Test Tubes

By Wendy Akin

With a good two months until first frost, it’s time to start new plants. So, whack them off just right above where new shoots are starting, about 8 inches from the ground. These will now grow quickly and have new cherry tomatoes in probably about six weeks since they have huge root systems.

Flax to Linen: Hackling

By Cindy Conner, Homeplace Earth

Hackling is the last step in the process of turning flax straw into fiber to spin into linen. Learn more hackling flax and what equipment is needed.

Why Your Raised Garden Should Always Be 8 Inches or Taller

By Bryan Traficante

Necessary root depth and available nutrients. Garden beds that are less than 8 inches tall will stunt plant growth because they hinder both. Choose 8 inches or taller. Here's why:

Organic Gardening the Easy Way, Part 3: Perennials and Volunteers

By Carole Coates

The last of this three-part series on easy organic gardening techniques discusses the easiest technique of all. You only plant once when you grow perennials—check out a few favorites. Volunteers are even easier.


Harvesting Garlic

By Celeste Longacre

It's time to harvest the garlic. Read on to discover how.

Grow Medicinal and Fragrant May Apple

By Barry Glick, Sunshine Farm and Garden

This is a story about Podophyllum peltatum, the “May Apple”. Here’s an extremely easy-to-grow, native perennial plant that is as much at home in average soils as it is in moist to wet soils. Podophyllum peltatum, believe it or not, is a member of the Berberidaceae (Barberry) family and native to more than half of the U.S. and Canada.

Flax to Linen: Breaking and Scutching

By Cindy Conner, Homeplace Earth

If you have grown flax for fiber and retted it, the flax straw is ready to be processed into fiber to spin. For that you will need some equipment. Learn about using flax brakes and scutching boards to release the fiber from the flax stalks.

Organic Gardening the Easy Way, Part II: Raised Beds

By Carole Coates

Who doesn't want to make gardening easier? This second in a three-part series on organic gardening the easy way discusses the benefits of raised beds.

Crowd at Seven Springs MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR


Sept. 15-17, 2017
Seven Springs, PA.

With more than 150 workshops, there is no shortage of informative demonstrations and lectures to educate and entertain you over the weekend.