Organic Gardening

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

Growing Burr Gherkins

By William Woys Weaver

You can grow your own gherkin pickles and more with this pest-proof mini cuke/squash from Africa. Try growing burr gherkins to make delicious pickles and a spicy Brazillian stir-fry.


How to Make Your Own Potting Soil

By Barbara Pleasant

Learn how to make your own potting soil. Combine a bit of dirt, some well aged compost and a handful of sand for good drainage to form an inexpensive and handy planting medium for your new garden seedlings or old-friend house plants.


Seed Trends for Innovative Organic Gardening

By Barbara Pleasant

Discover new seed trends for innovative organic gardening. As soon as seed catalogs start arriving in the mailbox, gardeners face some difficult choices. What should you plant next year? Here are 15 trends for gardeners to consider when buying seeds this year. Originally published as "Best Seeds for a Bigger Better Garden" December 2008/January 2009 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.


All About Growing Potatoes: Early, Midseason and Late Varieties

By Barbara Pleasant

Choosing to grow delicious potatoes of unique varieties in spring can lead to great nutritious eating right from your backyard. Find out about growing potatoes: early, midseason and late varieties can be grown in spring and lead to great nutritious eating right from your backyard.


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Learn How to Grow Spinach

By Barbara Pleasant

Learn how to grow spinach with this helpful guide. Choosing to grow crisp, delicious spinach of unique varieties in fall, winter and spring can lead to great nutritious eating right from your backyard. By knowing the basics of when and how to plant, you can produce a successful harvest. Includes tips on saving seeds for your next harvest, and pest and disease prevention tips. Originally published as "All about Growing Spinach" October/November 2008 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.


A Herbicide in Compost Kills Crops

By Cheryl Long and Barbara Pleasant

An herbicide produced by Dow AgroScience, aminopyralid, is a herbicide in compost that kills crops and has been responsible for destroying thousands of home gardens across Great Britain. The chemical is found in two brands of herbicide commonly sold in the U.S. and used in pastures grazed by horses, cattle and other livestock. Originally published as "Watch Out for Killer Compost" October/November 2008 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.


Creating a Productive Food Garden

By Barbara Pleasant

A permanent plan using raised beds and paths leads to a productive food garden. By developing permanent growing beds, your soil will be able to mature over the years into airy loose soil. Paths, spaced to allow you to move hoses and tools, encourage you to spend more time in your garden, enjoying the fruits of your labor. Originally published as "Gardening for Keeps" October/November 2008 MOTHER EARTH NEWS.


Keeping Crops Cool During Hot Weather: 13 Ways to Beat the Heat

By Barbara Pleasant

Tips on keeping crops cool during hot weather. Hot summer sun can be hard on garden plants and their roots. If watering and mulching are not doing enough to keep your plants cool enough to continue producing, consider shading the plants or at least their roots. Late summer also is the time to plant your fall-producing crops, such as spinach, lettuce, broccoli, carrots, beets and radishes.




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