Organic Gardening

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

Best-Tasting Tomatoes

By Cheryl Long

With help from Amy Goldman's guide, you can sort through the many varieties of heirloom tomatoes for the best-tasting tomatoes.

Country Lore: Cayenne Pepper Is an Armadillo Repellent

By Dana Strong

When this Texas couple needed an armadillo repellent, they only had to look as far as their spice rack. Originally published as "Cayenne Pepper Halts Armadillo Raids" in the June/July 2010 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Chestnuts: Growing the American Chestnut Tree

By Lee Reich

Wiped out by blight in the early 20th century, resistant hybrids of the American chestnut tree are making a comeback. Their rapid growth and productivity make them an excellent addition to any homestead. Originally published as "Chestnuts: How to Grow an American Classic" in the February/March 2010 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Growing Wheat of Your Own

By Sara Pitzer

Don't assume growing wheat is an activity best suited to the vast plains of Kansas and Nebraska. Planting a few pounds of seeds in your garden can yield eight times as much edible grain. Originally published as "Growing Your Own Wheat" in the February/March 2010 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.  


Growing Rice

By Sara Pitzer

Rice is a delicious and versatile grain that’s fun to grow yourself. And, because commercial grain processing removes the germ and bran, your homegrown rice will retain all of its healthful vitamins and minerals. Learn about many types of rice and all about growing your own in this excerpt from the book “Homegrown Whole Grains” by Sara Pitzer.

Grow Your Own Food to Enjoy Flavor and Security

By the MOTHER EARTH NEWS editors

For MOTHER EARTH NEWS readers, "grow your own food" is almost a mantra. They grow more than $1 billion worth of fresh produce every year!

All About Growing Onions

By Barbara Pleasant

Here's a primer on growing onions, leeks, scallions, and shallots, plus information on harvesting, storage, and seed saving techniques.

Edible Landscaping: Grow $700 of Food in 100 Square Feet!

By Rosalind Creasy with Cathy Wilkinson Barash

Americans would realize astonishing savings on their grocery bill if they set aside a small amount of land for edible landscaping instead of growing so much grass. Originally published as "Grow $700 of Food in 100 Square Feet!" in the December 2009/January 2010 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

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Aug. 5-6, 2017
Albany, Ore.

Discover a dazzling array of workshops and lectures designed to get you further down the path to independence and self-reliance.