Organic Gardening

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

How to Build a Deluxe Homemade Composter

By Susan Glaese

This article explains how to build a deluxe homemade composter at home, includes cost for materials, measurements for compost bin, and compost bin illustration.

Easy Cabbage Recipes


Your homegrown cabbage crop makes for a great side dish or main meal. These easy cabbage recipes include stuffed cabbage rolls, cabbage and rice soup and a sauerkraut recipe.

Capps, Hanna Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Protect and Promote Organic Farming

From the Office of Congresswoman Lois Capps

The legislation would grant the USDA's National Organic Program the legislative authority to more effectively protect the integrity of certified organic products.

How to Start Vegetable Seed From Scratch

By Susan Glaese

Susan Glaese shares how to start vegetable seed from scratch with tips on planting and growing of specific seeds.


How to Make a Homemade Garden Soaker Hose

By Lilah Pengra

Lilah Pengra shares her guide to making a homemade garden soaker hose by sewing together plastic scraps.

Planting Apple Trees

By the MOTHER EARTH NEWS editors

When you begin planting apple trees, follow these rules to improve your chances of success.

Starting Tomatoes From Seed

By the MOTHER EARTH NEWS editors

The process of starting tomatoes from seed is somewhat intensive but generally producess good results. Here are the steps to follow.

Enlist Beneficial Insects for Natural Pest Control

By Vicki Mattern

Recruiting the services of beneficial insects is one of our best tools for natural pest control. By providing a welcoming habitat — shelter, water and alternate food — you’ll encourage these insect helpers to establish year-round residence in your garden. You can then kick back and enjoy the natural pest control they provide. Find out seven ways to attract beneficial insects to your garden, plus check out profiles of our Top 10 beneficials, including hover flies, lady beetles, lacewigs and soldier beetles.

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