Organic Gardening

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

Yellowjackets are Beneficial Insects

By Sean and Monica Mitzel

Before you go and grab a can of insecticide to kill those pesky yellow jackets have you considered the fact that they eat aphids, flies, caterpillars and grasshoppers? In many ways they are beneficial. Their omnivorous nature lends itself well to eating the soft bodied structure of the dreaded aphid for example. They also help to sanitize outdoor animal processing stations, eat rotting fruit and they help take care of carrion in general. Yellow jackets are amazing beneficial insects if you can stand them!

Grow Food Not Grass

By Melissa Souza

Grow a weed free garden in any lawn space.

Grow Flax For Linen In Your Garden

By Cindy Conner, Homeplace Earth

Have you ever thought of growing your own clothes? Now is your opportunity. Plant flax, the right kind of course, in your garden now and learn to harvest it and process it later in the season. Flax fiber becomes linen once it is spun. Once you have the linen thread/yarn you can knit with it or weave it into cloth. Learn the details of what variety of seeds to use and how to plant them.

Soil for Raised Garden Beds: What Do You Need to Know?

By Paul Wood

Tips for choosing soil for raised garden beds; decreasing the amount of soil you need to buy or dig up; and keeping soil healthy.


Our Low-Cost DIY Rain Barrel Aquaponics System

by Linda Noyes

For the cost of plexiglass and an aquarium pump, we created an eco-friendly, aquaponics system out of a rain barrel that will provide our family with fish and greens for months to come, all from the comfort of our laundry room.

Move Over Spinach, Native Miner’s Lettuce is Here

By Joshua Burman Thayer, Native Sun Gardens

Miner’s lettuce is easy to grow, tastes great and is adapted to our region of Northern California.

Grow Your Own Miniature Fruit Trees

By Mary Lou Shaw

Even if you live where the winters are cold, you can grow fresh citrus of your own with miniature fruit trees.

Transplanting Seedlings: How to do it Correctly

By Bryan Traficante, Garden In Minutes

Starting seedlings indoors and then transplanting them outside gives you a jump-start on your growing seasons. It can be a tricky process though and plants can die. Here's how to do it correctly.

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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.