Organic Gardening

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

10 Tips for New Garden Farmers

By Felicia Rose

Now, 4 years into growing much of the produce we eat, I realize that garden farming connects me even more deeply than I had imagined to the earth, the life cycle, my body and food. It is also more difficult not only physically, but mentally as well. Had I known more from the start, no doubt it would have been easier and more effective. It is in this spirit that I am sharing some of what I’ve learned.


Free-Range Chickens? No Way!

By Charlyn Ellis

How we manage our small flock of urban chickens for maximum health and happiness for all concerned.


Kitchen Knives as Garden Trowels

By Ilene White Freedman, House in the Woods CSA Farm

Repurpose kitchen knives and more to use as inexpensive and effective garden tools.


Build a Hotbox for Cool-Weather Gardening

By Jenni Blackmore

Who says inanimate objects can’t talk! The well-used tractor tire that washed up on the beach during an early winter storm had been pleading with me for months for a chance to prove its worth. Learn to build a hotbox from an old tire for season extension using permaculture techniques.


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Common and Rare Types of Tomato Foliage

By Craig LeHoullier

The more tomato varieties you grow – especially if you delve into the wonderful world of heirlooms – the more you realize that not all tomato plants look alike. Look closely at the leaves and you will find lots of variations; once you become familiar with a particularly favorite variety, you may even be able to distinguish it early on just by its leaves. Pictures tell the story and take the mystery away from the commonly used tomato foliage terms "regular leaf" and "potato leaf."


Delayed Weeding Can Yield Garden Treasures

By Blythe Pelham

Selective weeding can result in finding delightfully surprising volunteers in your garden. I’m sure most of you have heard some version of the old adage, “A weed is simply any plant growing in an unwanted place.” When combined with “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” you can sometimes have eye-opening conversations (especially with neighbors).


Cover Crops for Spring, Summer, and Fall

By Aiyanna Sezak-Blatt, Wild Abundance

If your cover crop was successful, and crowded out all of the weeds, you can go ahead and plant your new crop right into the cut cover crop. If your timing is right (with your cover crop in flower, cut very low to the ground, and is one of the crops listed) you can plant right into the undisturbed roots of your cover crop.


Watering: Not too Much, Not too Little

By Celeste Longacre

When and how to water a garden can be challenging especially for beginner gardeners. Read the tips that will make you feel like an expert on garden watering.




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MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR

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.

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