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2/15/2011
Lundberg Family Farms announces the opening of a new warehouse that is powered by 100% solar energy. Lundberg Family Farms produces wholesome, healthful rice products while protecting and improving the environment for future generations.
10/7/2010
Amid mounting concerns over food security and sustainable food systems, the rise of urban gardens and agriculture has been on the rise. Due to a paralleled increase in the numbers of people interested in learning how to garden, programs in urban agriculture at colleges as well as nonprofit urban garden training programs have sprouted up across the country.
8/1/2011
Who needs a TV drama, when, out the back door, we have our own alfresco drama, complete with territory battles, births, deaths, alien invasions, mystery, beauty and fornication, unfolding daily before our very eyes if we care to look.
5/30/2012
So, what do you do if you neglected to start your veggies way back in January or February? You had good intentions but there always seemed to be something that stole your attention. Now it’s the planting season and you have nothing to plant...
5/10/2011
In Arizona, an intrepid desert gardener harvests rainwater to grow his own food. A Missouri garden writer feeds his soil to feed himself. In Texas, a garden wall encourages community. These are a few of my favorite gardens.
7/25/2011
A problem for older gardeners is finding tools that make gardening easier as getting up and down becomes harder.
3/2/2012
Know how many seeds you need for your area considering germination rate and extras.
6/26/2012
Keep your garden full all season by planting the next crop as soon as the previous crop is harvested. Tips for deciding what to plant next.
2/21/2012
Knowing your average last frost date is key to getting your garden off to a good start.
9/18/2013
Using leaves in the garden will boost the soil’s organic matter.
9/4/2009
Minneapolis public relations firm Haberman & Associates wants everyone to enjoy a company-sponsored organic vegetable garden like theirs.
10/22/2010
Organic seeds have benefits for your garden. Learn what our expert recommends and how to find organic seeds to plant.
7/11/2014
The Midwest Organic Sustainable Education Service is looking for an organic farmer worthy of being named their 26th annual Organic Farmer of the Year.
4/25/2012
Where are we headed, vis a vis our food systems? Can we as individuals make a difference in our food? Yes!
11/6/2012
Are organic foods healthier? In the wake of a media frenzy revolving a “study” by Stanford University claiming to answer this question, many people were left wondering. Benefits of organic food go beyond the vitamin content: The overwhelming amounts and types of pesticides in our food play a major role in many shoppers’ decision to go organic.   
5/29/2012
Tips for keeping your tomato plants healthy.
7/24/2012
Strategies for controlling voles in the potatoes in your garden.
6/6/2012
Our MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR last weekend was full of great presentations about all facets sustainable living, including on learning how to garden.
7/27/2009
To better accommodate the planting schedule of gardeners in the southern United States, California’s Natural Gardening Company will make a dozen varieties of tomato transplants available by mid-August.
7/23/2008
New businesses are springing up catering to folks who want their food homegrown, but without the mess of tending to the garden themselves.
11/6/2008
We have developed two customized search engines that make it easier to locate companies that offer specific varieties of seeds and plants, as well as organic garden products and tools.
9/26/2010
I noticed, as I walked the FAIR yesterday, a broad section of America.
10/18/2011
This summer Cam became a market gardener and actually got paid for something he loves to do - grow vegetables!
8/1/2011
In July and August, it’s time to start thinking about planting crops for fall. But how do you get good seed germination when the soil is so hot?
2/23/2011
The Aerobin 400 uses a patented aeration core inside an enclosed bin to promote aerobic break down of organic matter. The Aerobin 400 is easy to use - just open, drop in materials, and close.
8/9/2010
Cam shares his love affair with garlic and explains the work involved with growing and processing organically-grown garlic.
8/16/2010
Cam grows a patch of wheat to see how much work is involved. He will never take a loaf of bread for granted again!
5/10/2012
Cam ponders the wisdom of starting a CSA at the ripe old age of 52.
7/10/2012
Cam is exhausted but exhilarated by the early success of his CSA.
8/14/2012
Cam is enjoying a bumper crop of onions this year!
8/28/2012
It's Week #11 of our CSA and we can't find boxes big enough to fit all of the great produce!!
8/10/2011
See this shot of Swiss chard with strong colors that any gardener can appreciate. 
2/26/2014
Some tomato varieties wilt when temperatures get too hot. Find heat-tolerant tomato varieties that can grow robust tomato plants in hot climates.
1/8/2014
Introducing Alpaca-Gold, a new company producing 100% all natural, organic Alpaca fertilizer.
2/28/2013
What exactly is hydroponic gardening? Though it may sound complicated, it’s really not.  The word "hydroponic" comes from the Greek "hydro," meaning water, and “ponic,” meaning work. The basic concept is this: growing plants in a nutrient rich water solution rather than in soil.
4/4/2011
Regardless of how little space you have, you can grow some of your own food. Space is just an excuse. By building a self-watering container or soda bottle planter you can maximize the space that you have. You don't have to have a huge garden - growi
4/15/2011
Volunteers work to start the Sunset Hill Elementary School Garden in Lawrence, Kan.
1/26/2012
A short list of gift ideas for gardeners.
11/26/2013
America's Best Organics introduces American-made gift box.
9/10/2008
Is having too many gardens a detriment to selling a suburban home?
7/27/2011
A transplanted Choctaw and Southerner, a grandmother shows her strength and creativity during the Industrial Revolution and shows how one can face and adapt to life’s challenges. 
7/12/2012
There are many logical reasons for adding flowers to your vegetable garden: attracting beneficials, crop diversity, companion-planting, barriers and healthy soil. But perhaps their beauty does not need to be rationalized at all!
3/5/2013
Have you started your tomatoes and peppers yet? 'Tis the season to start seeding long season crops indoors. If you normally buy organic starts from your local nursery, try your hand at seed starting.
4/19/2011
Everyday families can now provide much of their fresh vegetables using Aquaponics. Aquaponics is the production of edible fish and vegetables growing in a drought proof, no weed, back saving growing system.
7/19/2012
This certification confirms that the company’s import, warehousing, and sales processes meet the standards of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Program.
8/6/2010
Garlic is a very labour-intensive crop to grow but the rewards are worth it!
8/11/2010
Cam shares what he has learned about corn smut in his organic garden.
8/18/2010
The second post (of three) describing an organic gardener's attempt to grow his own wheat.
8/20/2010
The right dog can be a very useful member of the family when you are growing corn!
8/23/2010
Cam shares the results of his experiment growing wheat in his vegetable garden.
10/4/2010
It's always wonderful to meet someone who is passionate about what they do!
4/4/2011
Cam is hoping that the Queen attends his gardening workshop this weekend at the Royal Botanical Gardens....
6/15/2011
Our HelpXers Mike and Melissa share their experiences as volunteers here at Sunflower Farm.
7/7/2011
Cam battles with scarabs in his raspberry patch.
8/12/2011
Cam loves growing and selling food!
9/21/2011
Cam has been busy harvesting and sorting potatoes.
9/29/2011
Cam appreciates the simple things like rotten hay and beautiful vegetables from his garden.
11/6/2011
Mulch, like compost, plays an important role in organic gardening. To maximize the flavor and nutrition of your produce, learn how to use and balance the characteristics of various organic materials when mulching.
1/4/2012
The ACTUAL benefits of weeds in your garden. Use and value diversity! Find the benefit!
2/24/2012
The how's and why's we homestead
3/20/2012
Growing and harvesting hazelnuts (filberts) in your garden.
5/15/2012
Experiences getting started gardening in the 1970's and suggestions for beginning your own projects in 2012.
7/18/2012
Cam finds an new old-fashioned way to keep the wildlife out of his garden.
8/10/2012
It's an aromatic time of year at Sunflower Farm - time to clean the garlic!
8/16/2012
Cam undertakes an experiment to see how much food he can produce on his one acre of garden space.
7/12/2011
We've been warning you about aminopyralid-containing killer compost for quite some time. Now there's a new deadly herbicide on the market, Imprelis, and it's wreaking havoc in at least seven states.
3/13/2012
To make the best use of potato-growing season, use the technique of greensprouting.
10/8/2013
Cover crops protect your soil over the winter and are beneficial for soil building. Learn more about your cover crop options and the time to plant them.
7/23/2014
Good storage conditions for your garden seeds are essential. These tips will help you learn how to store seeds.
3/2/2010
The experience of growing one's first garden is a thrill one will never forget.
1/20/2011
The UrBin Grower is a unique gardening system that takes place in self-watering containers that can be used on decks, patios, side yards or porches.
3/20/2011
Having little space is not a reason to not be growing your own food. It's just an excuse. I've been apartment gardening since 2009.
3/21/2012
You want to start your urban garden from seed this year, but you're not sure where to start because you’ve only started from transplants.
4/17/2011
Here are six of my favorite ideas for those of you with small spaces and still want to get your garden on.
3/19/2012
Eggs aren't the only things that come from the business end of a chicken. But with a little time and materials, and even less ingenuity, the rest can set you up with a free and steady supply of valuable organic fertilizer.
4/29/2013
It was becoming pretty obvious the crowding and lack of light were real limitations to my mini garden. Then, the idea of a trough on the windowsill came to mind, combining a way to water all the plants uniformly and efficiently all at once. Great, now how to make this trough? Wood? Sheet metal? The choices all seemed expensive, clumsy, prone to leaking...then the light bulb went on in my head: gutters!
9/20/2013
An experiment in urban gardening produces a melon miracle.
5/13/2011
When you say “organic” most people think of elitists that are buying over priced food because they think that they are better than others. What does the “organic” really mean though?
4/18/2012
When you ask people if they want chemicals in their garden or on their food, most will say no. They want to limit their exposure to the chemicals and pollutants.
7/1/2013
These sources can help you locate organic and other natural options for plants, seeds, and weed and pest control products.
5/5/2010
The community garden in East Harlem, Chenchita's Garden, is beginning to take shape.
3/10/2010
You can help support a community garden in New York City's East Harlem neighborhood.
5/24/2013
Here are some ways we use natural materials to improve our garden and orchards.
1/19/2012
Barbara Pleasant offers a step-by-step plan to starting seeds.
5/21/2014
April's tips for controlling weeds and fertilizing your garden.
6/3/2011
I say compost, you think of rotting food, dirt, flies and a horrible smell. For that reason most people wont' even consider composting at home.
2/6/2013
One of our "14 Sustainable Food Companies You Can Trust," Plum Organics is good for your baby's health and the health of the planet.
11/29/2012
In a war on gardens, the City of Orlando has taken issue with the rows of beans, greens, and other vegetables occupying Jason and Jennifer Helvenston's front yard garden. The Helvenstons respond to the City's request they remove their "illegal" garden.
5/31/2012
Organic is a phrase that’s tossed around and abused a lot by marketers these days. Not all “organic” products should be treated equally.
8/4/2010
emerginC, a leading professional skincare collection, has just launched a natural yet serious results-oriented collection aptly named Scientific Organics.
9/28/2010
The perfect partner for pruning, weeding and harvesting.
11/2/2012
Smaller version of the original Gardener’s Hollow Leg is perfect for picking dinner!
9/3/2010
We produce wonderful, organically approved soil products for the independent garden centers.
4/27/2011
The Living Seed Company is creating a platform to inspire gardeners and gardeners to be.
9/7/2010
Mother Nature has a way of filling in the blank spots....
12/2/2011
This spring when the pests arrive in your garden try this radical strategy - Do nothing!
3/6/2012
Thoughts on growing all your own food. How much space is required and other things to consider.
6/12/2012
Cam is trying to extend his growing season with DIY greenhouse structures.
7/3/2012
Cam describes the method he used when planting his sweet potatoes this year with hopes that he'll end up with a prettier finished product!
7/16/2012
Cam contemplates his place in the universe while weeding his corn patch....
3/9/2011
A potential solution to rising food prices, food insecurity and the obesity epidemic may call into play raising farms inside the city limits.
5/21/2011
If you strive to grow a garden that is beyond-organic, that relies on very few (if any) off-site products, and that saves you both money and work...deep organic gardening is for you!
2/26/2013
A neglected, overgrown, old apple tree does have charm, its gnarled, elbowed branches seemingly ready to reach out for a hug. The fruits, unfortunately, more often than not are too small, too pest-ridden, and too high in the tree. My fear of heights makes the last deficiency most important to me. Large, clean fruits are for nought if I can’t bring myself to climb a ladder or the branches for harvest.
4/25/2012
I’m a handmade gardening gal – part eco-friendly, non-traditionalist; part crafty creative with more ideas than money, and an abiding aversion to off-the-shelf shopping. My garden is my canvas, my vision, and my voice.
9/1/2011
Jason Akers, The Self-Sufficient Gardener, will present two workshops on gardening at the Mother Earth News Fair, an annual sustainability festival, September 24-25, 2011 in Seven Springs, Pa.
8/24/2011
Ruth Rogers Clausen of Timber Press will present a workshop on how to cope with deer when gardening at the Mother Earth News Fair, an annual sustainability festival, September 24-25, 2011 in Seven Springs, Pa.
9/8/2011
Linda Conroy of Moonwise Herbs and Brooms will present a workshop on bioregional herbalism at the Mother Earth News Fair, an annual sustainability festival, September 24-25, 2011 in Seven Springs, Pa.
9/13/2011
Elsa Sanchez of Penn State University will present two workshops on compost and mulch at the Mother Earth News Fair, an annual sustainability festival, September 24-25, 2011 in Seven Springs, Pa.
1/23/2013
If I could only pick one season extending structure, it would be a cold frame. Incredibly versatile, a simple cold frame is the key to taking your garden from a two or three-season plot and turning it into a year round vegetable factory.
7/2/2012
Let’s put water back into the soil where it belongs. Permeable or porous surfaces, like a gravel path or patio, allow rainfall and irrigation to percolate into the ground rather than spill into the street.
5/16/2012
When a vegetable garden doesn’t look like a vegetable garden, what is it? A polyculture, where gardeners strive to address this simple truth: The most effective way to grow healthy plants is to create gardens that replicate nature.
5/2/2012
Deciding where to buy seeds can be a perplexing challenge. How does a conscientious gardener choose seeds that will grow well, look lovely and taste great, but also support sustainable seed farmers and healthy environments?
4/28/2011
David Tracey of New Society Publishing will present two workshops on organic gardening at the Mother Earth News Fair, an annual sustainability festival, June 4-5, 2011 in Puyallup, Wash.
8/10/2011
Candy DeBerry, Ph.D. of Washington & Jefferson College will present a workshop on pollination at the Mother Earth News Fair, an annual sustainability festival, September 24-25, 2011 in Seven Springs, Pa.
8/5/2011
Tammi Hartung of Desert Canyon Farm will present three workshops on growing and using herbs at the Mother Earth News Fair, an annual sustainability festival. September 24-25, 2011 in Seven Springs, Pa.
5/5/2011
Erin Harwood and Eloyce O'Connor of the Garden Delights CSA and Herb Farm will present a workshop on natural remedies at the Mother Earth News Fair, an annual sustainability festival, June 4-5, 2011 in Puyallup, Wash.
5/6/2011
Lindsay Lee, nursery owner and Seed Savers Exchange advisor, will present a workshop on grafting fruit trees at the Mother Earth News Fair, an annual sustainability festival, June 4-5, 2011 in Puyallup, Wash.
5/24/2011
Linda Gilkeson, master gardener, and Jessie Price of EatingWell Magazine will present workshops on gardening and healthy cooking at the Mother Earth News Fair, an annual sustainability festival, June 4-5, 2011 in Puyallup, Wash.
10/11/2012
Cam enjoyed a very successful sweet potato harvest!
10/2/2013
Growing pine trees from seed will allow you to produce lots of trees very economically. Follow these instructions to propagate pine trees from seed.
2/13/2012
Explains the benefits of organic fertilizers such as rock phosphate, kelp, fish meal and greensand, and tells you how to get buy these materials at reasonable prices.
6/24/2012
A birdbath in the garden does much more than a birdfeeder. Attract birds to the garden with water, and they will help with pest control, soil aeration, and much more as they get the water they need for drinking and grooming. Wasps love a drink too.
11/12/2012
Jason Helvingston of Orlando, Fla., fights for his right to grow food in his front yard garden after the City of Orlando cited him for illegal gardening, pitting food self-sufficiency against city ordinance.
4/26/2013
Friday, May 10 is National Public Gardens Day. Find out what special events are happening at a garden near you.
9/22/2010
Ditch unhealthy school lunches with a fresh lunch idea for kids: school gardens. Beyond putting fresh, healthy food in schools, cafeteria gardens are a great classroom tool and a big step towards more sustainable schools.
5/23/2011
Growing potatoes in containers allows you to increase your yield in a small amount of space.
9/21/2011
This is an excerpt from Christopher Nyerges' "Self-Sufficient Home" book (published by Stackpole) where he talks about some of his early gardening experiences and when he learned that the health of the soil is the most important aspect of gardening.
2/7/2013
I’d like to introduce the words farmden and farmdener into the English language. I wonder if there are any other farmdeners out there. And just what is a farmden? It’s more than a garden, less than a farm. That’s my definition, but it also could be described as a site with more plants and/or land than one person can care for sanely. A gardener and garden gone wild, out of control.
7/26/2007
Your local county extension office can answer questions on gardening, livestock, poultry, crops, garden pests and more.
4/2/2012
My first blog for MOTHER EARTH NEWS takes me back to a time when I didn't know I had a love of gardening. One of my first gardening experiences came during an unlikely encounter with my curmudgeon grandfather.
4/7/2010
Learn to create your own heirloom kitchen garden at this 3-course series in Pennsylvania.
12/7/2011
Check out this roundup of 10 favorite sustainable gifts for the gardeners on your list — all under $50!
5/30/2012
This blog post describes the MOTHER EARTH NEWS staff's afternoon spent harvesting their homegrown garlic.
2/4/2011
Kitchen Gardeners International's 20ate campaign urges Americans to say no to junk food.
4/27/2009
A reader wonders whether it is safe to use a galvanized stock tank as a garden planter.
9/6/2011
Want to find a new garden plot for next year? Look into community gardens in your area, or start your own!
2/28/2012
The Spirit of Hope garden in Detriot offers a safe, nurtuting place for plants and children to grow.
9/8/2010
Engineer Venkappa Gani leads by example when it comes to sustainable living. His entire backyard is an organic garden, an edible landscape that borders his rainwater harvesting tank collectors overlooked by solar panels that power his home (and more!). Gani is dedicated to sustainability, a word he lives by everyday at his suburban home in Austin, Texas. 
5/31/2012
Popcorn is easy to grow and makes an attractive and delicious alternative to sweet corn, especially in a small garden. Kids will love the cute little ears, and adults will treasure the superior flavor of homegrown popcorn. Plant in late spring.
7/18/2012
Describes a method of protecting tomatoes from excessive heat using a sunscreen, vermicompost tea, pulling blighted leaves.
9/9/2011
Diane Ott Whealy of Seed Savers Exchange and Jackie Cleary Dietrich of Auburn Meadow Farm will present workshops on gardening and farming at the Mother Earth News Fair, an annual sustainability festival, Sept. 24-25, 2011 in Seven Springs, Pa.
8/12/2011
Sue J. Morris of Sue's Salves will present two workshops on gardening and creating salves at the Mother Earth News Fair, an annual sustainability festival, September 24-25, 2011 in Seven Springs, Pa.
8/2/2011
Ann Adams and Liz Brensinger of Green Heron Tools will present a workshop on the principles of good body mechanics at the Mother Earth News Fair, an annual sustainability festival, September 24-25, 2011 in Seven Springs, Pa.
8/3/2011
Deborah Niemann of Antiquity Oaks will present two workshops on traditional home dairies and homegrown food at the Mother Earth News Fair, an annual sustainability festival, September 24-25, 2011 in Seven Springs, Pa.
8/4/2011
Jennifer R. Bartley of American Potager will present a workshop on cooking with herbs and vegetables from a kitchen garden at the Mother Earth News Fair, an annual sustainability festival, September 24-25, 2011 in Seven Springs, Pa.
4/26/2011
Maddy Harland writes about principles that underpin our understanding and practical application of permaculture. She relates them to designing a green home and garden but also explains how permaculture can help us to create more sustainable lifestyle
12/26/2013
No matter your level of gardening expertise, our Guide to Organic Gardening app has the advice and how-to you need to dig in and grow a bountiful organic food garden. With articles on composting, beneficial insects, weed control and more, you'll have a wealth of organic gardening know-how at your fingertips after you download this app onto your Apple or Android smartphone or tablet.
6/1/2012
An organic cotton and wool body pillow goes a long way to help relieve pregnancy back pain.
10/8/2010
A recent poll asked you what percentage of people living in the U.S. you would guess grow food gardens. Most respondents underestimated the actual numbers of households with home gardens, a growing trend.
1/27/2010
Readers share tips and tricks for taking care of winter garden beds.
12/28/2010
Can’t have a garden of your own, but you want to garden? Urban Garden Share allows you to do exactly that!
8/27/2008
A good watering system will save you time and money in your garden.
2/28/2014
The innovative garden seeder from Simple Seeder increases speed and ease of planting.
9/21/2011
Your attractive food garden could win you $500 and a chance to be featured in MOTHER EARTH NEWS.
10/28/2011
Roger Doiron, a MOTHER EARTH NEWS contributor and the found of Kitchen Gardeners International, recently spoke at a TEDx conference about the power of gardening.
7/3/2014
The Food Is Free Project has become a food revolution in Austin, Texas
10/10/2012
Growing Local Food is a new book that encompasses all the needed basics to grow plants, keep heritage breed animals and bees. The author is a homesteader and physician who gives the readers the basic information to grow or find nutritious, local food
7/16/2011
Our hands take a beating. Be kind to them and make this amazing hand scrub with ingredients right from your pantry!
3/30/2012
Eating only homegrown foods on the Fridays in Lent.
4/26/2011
Think your balcony's too tiny to provide food and fun? Check out Apartment Therapy's great tips for making the most of your outdoor space.
11/23/2011
A brief thesis on the finer properties of garlic and planting instructions.
10/22/2010
The success of Urban Gardens is a story about an expansion of one’s reach outside of one given discipline.
7/27/2011
Julie Lavigne relates her grandparent’s home in the city, a modern homestead for their time, and proves you can live a self-sufficient lifestyle in an urban setting.
10/24/2011
Facts on the links between weather and pumpkins and what you can do with leftover pumpkins.
5/7/2012
Tips on how to celebrate National Wildflower Week, May 6-13!
10/1/2012
Explanation of what bioretention systems are and how they are used to reduce and filter storm water runoff.
12/17/2013
From the more practical, money-saving side of things, to controlling your own destiny, the benefits of a victory garden are many.
11/29/2013
Meredith Skyer outlines the history of victory gardens in the United States and why this nation, facing a food crisis, should start to sow for victory once again.
2/19/2014
Garden like the Native Americans by digging up 18-inch-diameter hills on four foot centers. Get your crops started, then worry about working the areas in between the hills.
6/13/2011
Kansas City's 18Broadway project is a superb example of how to capture and store rainwater to grow food in the heart of downtown.
8/27/2012
Dog days of summer? Yes, but there is still a lot of the grwoing season left. Protect yourself from the late summer sun with these tried 'n true items ... tested by a gardener who knows more than she'd like to about skin cancer.
2/2/2008
A sustainable agriculture professor explain the organic certification process.
6/29/2009
The Organic Exchange released the 2007-2008 Organic Cotton Market Reports—and the top 10 list contains a few surprises. Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence explains more about these organic cotton retailers.
8/6/2012
Jessica Kellner, editor of Natural Home and Garden Magazine, shares three pregnancy skin care products that will help prevent stretch marks and keep your baby belly soft and smooth.
6/15/2011
In a wabi-sabi garden, plants are chosen because they belong in that garden and in that climate, and they’re allowed to strut their stuff if they’re considerate of the plants around them. Both plants and guests are encouraged to meander and explore.
3/15/2011
We learned a long time ago that we couldn’t attract an audience for our magazines unless we gave our readers tools they could use to improve the world personally. A backyard organic garden is the perfect symbol of positive vision and commitment.
11/28/2011
For those of us who hate to use chemicals in our gardens, in our homes, or with our livestock and pets, diatomaceous earth may be a safe and efficient substitute. It may worm your animals, rid them of fleas and lice and even handle indoor pests.
1/23/2013
We're getting revved up for winter seed swaps, and planning our tomato plantings to account for all the great tasting events next summer and fall. Find out how to find your own local events, or host your own!
5/2/2014
Learn how to grow more food in your organic vegetable garden without enlarging your garden space by using the space-saving gardening techniques outlined in this short video.
2/2/2012
Sauerkraut is an effective and delicious way to store cabbage and add something "fresh" to the winter months
6/5/2011
Take a visual tour of the events at the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Fair in Puyallup, Washington.
1/26/2011
Ready to start your first garden? To guarantee success with your first garden, stick with Barbara Pleasant's list of easy to grow vegetables. She has advice on when and what to plant for the first time gardener. Good luck on your first garden!
7/30/2008
Digging up places for new garden beds can take a long time.  The sooner you start, the better!
3/23/2011
To ensure we have a full productive garden, each spring I start a habit of carrying a packet of seeds in my pocket every time I head to the garden!
1/27/2013
Try using the Grow Planner app to streamline your garden planning and your garden work.
12/5/2011
The vegetables and herbs that are still available in our Southeast garden make for delicious, festive and surprisingly varied holiday fare.
12/8/2010
Use old CDs and soda cans to keep pests out of your garden.
8/31/2012
Try BOGS gardening clogs, a super-comfortable pair of gardening shoes that will stand up to tough wear.
8/26/2009
Gardeners suggest gardening books for beginners.
10/22/2010
The Ogden Community Garden winds down, and one gardener marvels at the late October harvest, and on how much the garden has meant to everyone who has helped tend it.  
4/6/2011
Catch the gardening bug, and start to grow your own food! Once you start, you’ll love it. Here are some basic pieces of advice for the budding gardener.
6/3/2010
Don’t let the cost of gardening keep you out of the dirt this year. Cheap gardening can be fun and easy. With these tips for gardening on a budget, you’ll save on seeds, make your own fertilizer and impress your friends with your gardening know how.
8/15/2012
Describes the process of forming a community garden from the physical and energetic standpoints. The power of teamwork, the joy of accomplishment and the building of a feeling of group unity are described.
5/12/2010
The Global Organic Textile Standards certify organic fabrics from start to finish. The GOTS database lists certified facilities and importers, making it easy to find truly organic fabric.
9/13/2011
My mission was to find like minded 'earth nurturers' in a neighborhood where there seems to be a dearth of us! What I found was humility and kindred spirits, and the makings of a great dinner party!
10/3/2011
Tips on how to conserve water in the fall with weather-based irrigation controllers.
10/10/2011
Tips on how to control soil erosion and help protect one of Earth's most important natural resources.
4/4/2013
The healing power of plants can remediate years of soil and water pollution, and create unexpected islands of beauty.
7/8/2014
A list of ways we could each show support or teach our friends and family to support the Local Foods Movement
7/2/2009
There are thousands of organic products available today, and they're not limited to food. Tell us what you buy organic and why.
7/13/2010
Contributing Editor Barbara Pleasant provides tips to help users get the most out of the new MOTHER EARTH NEWS Vegetable Garden Planner. This interactive software will help you plan your best garden ever!
3/30/2009
As more Americans tighten their belts to save a penny or two, many are finding they can save money by growing food-producing gardens.
3/23/2009
The Obamas plant an organic vegetable garden on the South Lawn of the White House.
3/26/2010
If you're a veteran gardener, please consider signing up to take out online gardening surveys. The surveys allow us to write articles based on the collective experience of hundreds of gardeners and report the results back to you by region. Sign up here.
1/22/2013
Urban food forests and public gardens provide communities with an edible landscape for everyone to share. These public fruit forests are the new trend in urban agriculture and play an important role as sustainable local food systems in their communities.  
8/26/2010
The new website offers the home gardener an expanded product selection of useful garden products.
7/16/2013
The journey to a self-sufficient life is a bumpy ride. Having a backup plan — or two — can make all the difference in your progress.
2/26/2012
So, you can't wait for the weather to warm up enough to get out and plant a few seeds in the ground? Well here is a list of gardening ideas and activities to keep you occupied and happy right up until the day that spring arrives!
3/29/2013
By starting seeds indoors, you get a jump start on spring garden planting.
12/19/2012
Use our popular When to Plant app to know when to plant each crop in your area.
8/21/2013
Our Vegetable Garden Planner assists you in planting your fall garden by giving you planting dates specific to your location, projected harvest dates and more.
5/17/2010
Painted rocks or pebbles can potentially deter birds from pecking at ripening fruit. Tell us how this technique has worked for your, plus check out other readers’ tips and responses. 
7/18/2011
Rodale Institute today announces the launch of Your 2 Cents, an innovative program that unites consumers and companies in support of the next generation of American farmers.
5/16/2012
Summer intern Megan describes her first time gardening at MOTHER EARTH NEWS, planting cucumbers for the first time and watering the office garden.
3/3/2011
Go Greens - Super Fruits and Veggies supplies the natural antioxidant power of 6 servings of vibrantly colored organic fruits and vegetables in every handy “stick” pack. To Go Brands plans to continue to expand the Healthy To Go® product line.
7/19/2011
Uncle Matt’s Organic, best known for their line of premium organic orange juices, announced today the launch of its new 100% organic, not-from-concentrate, orchard-style apple juice. The next best thing to drinking it fresh from the orchard!
6/8/2011
The Worldwatch Institute declares that many people worldwide are turning to organic agriculture to feed themselves and others, while feeling good about protecting the environment in a time of economic depression.
5/13/2013
Avoid expensive organic fertilizers with these suggestions for lower-cost options.
1/7/2012
A little background on how Ric and Vicki moved from Detroit to a Tennessee homestead, and starting to get up to date on what they've done since.
2/7/2013
Des Moines, Iowa, gardeners may soon find themselves in hot water with their City. A local resident recently took front yard veggie growers to task for what the resident feels to be unsightly lawn growth. Beets and berries, it seems, do not have the same aesthetic appeal as a green, freshly-mowed front lawn.
1/8/2013
Put together a notebook with your complete garden plan. Here's some tips to get you started.
12/6/2011
Winners of the Fabulous Food Garden Contest have been chosen. See who the lucky prize recipients are!
3/10/2009
In the long term, using recycled tire planters or rubber mulch in your garden can cause problems. Here's why.
5/1/2014
May is a busy time in the garden for planting. Frost-free weather is the time to get summer veggies in their pots or garden spot.
7/15/2013
The set launch of Worm’s Way Group’s new website promises improved usability, more speed and exclusive web-based promotions.
10/8/2008
Involving children in planning a garden and growing vegetables can lead to healthier adults and a healthier planet.
8/26/2009
Attend the Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello to learn more about heirloom gardening.
8/18/2010
Home gardeners and urban farmers can come up against garden laws and regulations that can limit the size, style and components of their garden.
9/27/2013
“Aquaponics Gardening: A Step-By-Step Guide to Raising Vegetables and Fish Together” offers advice and insight into the world of sustainable gardening
1/22/2009
A reader inquires about the best fertilizer to work on anything you might grow.
5/12/2009
Sharp-eyed guineas are among the most useful of all farm fowl for control of crop-damaging insects. Essential to the author’s squash bug control project is ElectroNet (electric net fencing), which he uses to make a perimeter around the squash plot. A small moveable pasture shelter is provided inside the net — in which the guineas roost at night, or find shade or shelter from rain.
2/11/2013
Annie’s is expanding its line of wholesome comfort food favorites with a new, kid-friendly pasta product: Bernie’s Farm Macaroni & Cheese, made with 100 percent real cheese and certified-organic pasta in a variety of shapes featuring life on the farm. Like all of Annie’s products, Bernie’s Farm Macaroni & Cheese contains no artificial flavors, synthetic colors or preservatives.
3/13/2013
Carrington Farms, the creators of delicious 100 percent organic, non-genetically modified health food products, continues to reach outside of the box to provide healthy flax seed blends and cooking oils that are not only good for consumers but are affordable and taste great!
3/22/2013
Bastyr University is pleased to announce it has partnered with Seattle-based Choice Organic Teas to develop and launch a new line of flavorful, certified organic Wellness Teas. This marks the first time the University has lent its name on a consumer product.
12/4/2009
We've reported on the fraudulent practices of Horizon Organic and Aurora Dairy before. Now, a federal judge has suspended one of their suppliers, Promiseland LLC., from organic commerce.
7/26/2010
CRAiLAR, a new fiber made from hemp stalks, could revolutionize the sustainable fabrics industry by bringing down the cost of organic textiles.
4/23/2009
Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence is ready to shop for eco-friendly, organic cotton Loomstate clothing at Target this spring.
6/2/2009
What is organic cotton and how is it better than regular cotton? Read this article and have your questions answered.
2/23/2011
New organic milk contains Omega-3, which is not approved as an additive to certified organic milk. The Cornucopia Institute found this illegal synthetic additive in new organic milk in its latest investigation.
8/1/2008
Get expert advice on how long fresh eggs will keep without refrigeration.
4/1/2014
Nuts.com, a family-owned business, offers certified organic snacks and superfoods.
9/19/2011
Using cold frames for fall salad greens can extend your season of fresh eating.
6/6/2011
The documentary Urban Roots takes a look at how city farming is transforming the city's vacant lots into community gardens, ultimately changing the community as a whole in the process.
12/24/2013
In Kenya, even for middle class families, much of what ends up on the dinner table is grown or raised at home. With food prices rising, more and more Americans are looking towards ways of growing some of what ends up on their table at home. Both in terms of personal health, and the environment, this is a very good trend—it's a food source as local as you can get.
6/19/2014
When traveling, consider checking out the community gardens in the area. You can meet local people who are passionate about gardening and learn about the climate and crops that may be different than yours.
6/17/2009
A soil fertility expert shares his advice on using wood ashes as garden fertilizer.
5/27/2010
It’s time for lawn and garden work. In your opinion, which is the best garden tractor? Which tractor will you be using this year?
4/14/2011
Maddy Harland introduces the three ethics behind permaculture design and explains why permaculture is more than a gardening technique — it’s a practical tool for a better, more creative life!
3/16/2009
First Lady Michelle Obama’s love for local food has the nation wanting to know more about how to eat in-season. Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence offers a healthy helping of advice on how to eat local.
6/22/2010
Identify the animal tracks and footprints of the critters who visit your garden and yard.
4/26/2010
Learn about how some members of the MOTHER EARTH NEWS team joined with others at their publishing company to start “edible landscaping” gardens on their front lawn.
5/17/2010
Enter to to win MOTHER’s garden prize package that is valued at $10,000 and includes 13 items that will complete your garden.
5/21/2010
Photo of the Day blog features a different photo from readers each day. Submit your own photos for a chance to appear on MOTHER's website! What are your favorite facets of simple or down-to-earth living? Share your ideas or show off your land!
6/20/2013
Keeping your garden tools organized can help you be more efficient in your work in the garden.
5/5/2009
Here are some helpful resources to help you determine when to take care of various lawn and garden tasks, such as planting, watering, weeding, fertilizing, mulching and harvesting plants.
4/5/2011
Thanks to a donation from Mantis, we were able to use our new 2-Cycle Tiller/Cultivator and prep our garden for this year's growing season.
2/23/2011
Nutsedge is a particularly invasive weed, but it can also be eaten raw, roasted, boiled and candied.
9/4/2009
Find out the risks of growing food plants on galvanized wire, and what precautions you should take when handling galvanized materials.
4/23/2009
A reader from Pacifica, California wants to know what vegetables will grow best when.
7/30/2008
Peat moss can help improve soil, but it can be expensive and its production can hurt the environment. Find out whether or not you should use it in your garden.
3/25/2009
Organic gardening expert advises on whether to build raised beds for a new garden.
12/17/2010
Gift cards to the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Vegetable Garden Planner are now available for just $25.
11/14/2011
Cole responds to a critic.
11/14/2011
Cole responds to a critic.
7/31/2009
Whole Foods Market commits to verifying it products as free of genetically modified organisms. Natural Home editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence explains the grocer's commitment to providing natural and organic products.
12/22/2011
Know a chocolate-lover? Here's info on a few of the most delicious chocolate bars, from companies that make organic, fair trade, ethically produced chocolates.
3/3/2014
The Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service held its 25th conference from Feb. 27 though March 1. Here are the main takeaways about where organic farming has come from and where it's headed.
12/31/2011
Progress in the straw bale and wooden cold frames, delicious Kim Chee recipes for winter harvested Chinese cabbage and winter radishes, and an update from the Lawns 2 Lettuce 4 Lunch program in Arlington, VA.
10/21/2010
Toats organic in a class by itself, biscuit manufacturer to lead a trend.
10/5/2011
Organic Pond is pleased to announce that the Organic Materials Research Institute (OMRI) has reviewed the company's PureBacteria+ Biological Pond Muck Reducer and has listed PureBacteria+ for use in organic production.
8/21/2013
It can be very frustrating trying to find horse treats that are safe and healthy for our equine friends. So, why not make your own? In this post, Harper Slusher shares her recipe for natural horse treats.
7/31/2009
According to a team from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, organic food is not nutritionally superior to conventional. We know this isn't true, and here's an excellent response from The Organic Center.
8/12/2009
Natural Home magazine editor-in-chief Robyn Griggs Lawrence explores the Spirit Ridge Vineyard Resort and Spa in the beautiful Okanagan region of British Columbia. Join her as she tours wineries and feasts on local, organic produce.
9/24/2012
The University of California at Davis has released a report that shows how misleading the label "extra virgin olive oil" can be.
8/26/2010
More than half a billion eggs possibly tainted with salmonella bacteria have been recalled. Avoid the scare by purchasing free-range, cage-free, organic and locally sourced eggs.
1/21/2011
Readers share favorite organic wine producers.
9/9/2009
Help our readers solve garden pest problems without resorting to the use of chemical pesticides.
1/26/2011
Grow organic fruit trees and harvest bug-free, chemical-free fruit by covering your fruit with homemade bags made from row cover. Use row cover bags as an alternative to plastic bags. Row cover bags are more effective and have fewer issues than plastic bags.
9/1/2008
Check out this expert advice for keeping an organic garden pest-free.
1/15/2014
New Clear Door Dehydrators coming from Excalibur Dehydrators.
6/5/2011
MOTHER EARTH NEWS Associate Editor Shelley Stonebrook offers tips for building permanent garden beds and paths. Shelley presented her workshop “10 Great Ways to Make Gardening Easier” at the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR in Puyallup, Wash.
12/10/2011
Ira takes us on a winter garden tour of the experimental gardens at Southern Exposure Seed Exchange. She describes the various experimental cold frames for winter gardening and winter starts. Includes a winter recipe for Sweet Potato Leek Soup.
3/21/2012
Want lettuce and carrots all year round? Ira Wallace tells us her simple simple method for keeping track of succession plantings.
10/7/2011
The Organic Trade Association is vital to the success of the organic industry and I’m thrilled to serve alongside such a talented and well-respected group of industry leaders.
1/3/2012
Sue Parker shares her grandmother's secrets to a strong tomato crop.
2/4/2013
Why “hot and humid” doesn’t have to equal “sad and lifeless.”
3/22/2010
One great thing about gardening that goes beyond soil building and crop rotations is its ability to bring people together. As spring is now officially here, it’s a great time to revel in all the pleasures the season is sure to bring. Please share your thoughts and stories about how gardening has brought people together in your life.
4/6/2010
Readers familiar with triple-digit temperatures share their best tips for gardening in the southwest. Get advice about what to plant, when to plant and how to plant if you live in the hottest areas of the country.
11/7/2013
Even if you only have garden pots to work with, you can still container garden in fall and winter to grow vegetables.
9/6/2012
The Hoss Seeder's unique features include its all-metal frame and ease of attaching to the wheel hoe.
9/13/2012
New burn barrel alternative provides safer, smarter home and garden burning for homeowners.
7/7/2008
Participate in our reader photo contest by showing off pictures of your permanent raised garden beds.
3/4/2011
When you grow your own food, you not take a step towards self-sufficiency. You also make a move towards better health and whole new relationship with your food.
4/4/2012
We have some exciting additions to announce about our award-winning Vegetable Garden Planner program and our new Grow Planner iPad app, including new seed company catalogs, a filter tool, a favorites button and an app update.
4/25/2013
I keep a kit of handy garden supplies waiting in my car, so I can head straight to the garden and take advantage of as many sunlight hours as possible right after work.
7/11/2008
Send us your garden tips and you could win a free deluxe, ergonomic garden trowel.
6/2/2014
Chives and mint come to a duel for territory in the herb garden, while the spring sap-sucker marks time.
3/18/2014
Get advice on all things garden seed, from organizing seeds and ordering seeds to understanding seed catalog terms such as open-pollinated and F1 hybrid.
6/14/2011
While garden hoses may leach some chemicals into the water flowing through them, there’s little reason to think it’s a serious health issue.
11/13/2012
Here's a tip on how to grow sprouts in your kitchen garden for fun and nutritious eating.
6/19/2013
This year is the first season I had the whole garden dug and ready and boy, it's easy to plant a garden when the garden is already there.
8/17/2007
An interview with the founder of a small organic gardening business that focuses on education and helping gardeners go organic. Learn more about this company and vote for it to win funding from a small business competition.
8/10/2010
Considerations of sustainability factor into countless supplies, tools and methods present in your garden. What do you do in your own garden to be a sustainable gardener?
11/4/2011
MOTHER EARTH NEWS wins two exciting accolades at FOLIO’s Eddie Awards, one for their article Organic Pest Control: What Works, What Doesn’t and one for their Vegetable Garden Planner tool.
7/30/2008
Japanese beetles feed for six to eight weeks, and in that time, they are able to feed on over 300 plant species. Although collecting beetles may seem like an exhausting every day task, you're plants will appreciate it.
9/9/2008
Here are some good options for free, weed-free mulches.
10/29/2013
Bringing back Victory Gardens could help ease hunger and dependence as U.S. social aid programs, such as Food Stamps, are drastically cut.
9/17/2013
After decades of gardening I’ve come to rely on a few essential gardening tools.
2/21/2013
Using wood ash in the garden can be beneficial for raising the soil pH of your garden soil. These tips will help you know when to use wood ash in the garden. 
10/4/2011
These resources will help you learn how to grow food and start a garden.
1/14/2014
You can grow your own Mediterranean Diet garden in the Midwest. Even a small garden can provide the staples of a Mediterranean kitchen garden.
2/26/2014
Showing where we were before our permaculture garden began.
2/10/2014
Do you want a permaculture garden? An ongoing blog about our journey using permaculture design ideas, to develop the organic matter in soil and produce a higher yield.
6/6/2011
At this time of year, Cam feels a little overwhelmed by the gardening chores ahead of him.
7/18/2011
Michelle discovers a new threat to her basil plants!
5/16/2013
But maybe, at the end of the day, I am just a person with weak nerves doing something that depends on so many unknown factors – the weather, the bug population, the quality of seeds and some plain ol' luck.
4/8/2010
Have you heard of “guerrilla gardening,” where folks toss flower seeds into vacant lots, or sometimes sneak in at night and plant flowers in unkempt highway medians or strips along city sidewalks? Check it out this year as a fun and fruitful way to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day.
4/23/2013
April is National Garden Month! Learn about the benefits of building a garden and tips on how to create one even if you don’t have a big backyard.
7/17/2013
Landrace gardening enhances food security by growing genetically diverse crops that are not as prone to crop failure as monoculture fields of near clones.
10/8/2008
The instinct to share home grown herbs, flowers and vegetables runs strong in gardeners, so sharing home grown goodies brings heartfelt rewards.
10/20/2009
If you’re growing food in the house through the cold months, our readers can benefit from your experience. Have you had success at indoor gardening before? What did you grow? Share your tips and tricks!
6/18/2013
Landrace gardening requires different plant naming conventions than those followed by industrialized agriculture.
6/25/2013
Landrace gardening promotes hybrid vigor and avoids inbreeding depression by encouraging promiscuous pollination.
6/12/2013
A photo essay showing off the stunning success of landrace gardening on my farm. This success was achieved because I changed my growing methods to embrace one of the key elements of landrace growing; “survival of the fittest."
7/5/2013
Using landrace gardening and promiscuous pollination to get what you want from your garden.
2/24/2010
Readers share regional gardening resources.
3/22/2011
Old books can be a hoot to read! Check out these quotes from an 1890 book, How to Make the Garden Pay, by T. Greiner.
7/30/2008
Growing fall brassicas can be a challenge, but here are some tips on how to prevent them from getting eaten by bugs or withering.  
4/1/2014
Learn how to grow one of America's favorite treats, chocolate M&M's.
1/7/2013
Ira Wallace explores good winter gardening reads, gives advice on how to use the winter lull wisely to plan and prepare, and shares an update in the ongoing court battle to protect family farmers from agri-giant Monsanto.
1/10/2011
What’s your idea of a delicious and wholesome breakfast? A fluffy, organic egg omelet made with fresh vegetables? Perhaps scrambled eggs and roasted garden veggies? No matter what your preference, it may surprise you to learn the link between the
11/18/2011
“Black” tomatoes still reign with the best of the reds and pinks bi-colored and cherry tomatoes still growing in popularity.
7/12/2012
Home gardeners and commercial farmers will find much to be enthusiastic about at this three-day aquaponic event.
1/9/2013
The 20th-Annual Organic Growers School takes place March 8 through March 10 at the University of North Carolina at Asheville (UNCA) in Asheville, N.C. The event, which is open to the public, provides practical, region-appropriate organic growing and permaculture workshops, homesteading and rural living classes, as well as a seed exchange, silent auction and trade show.
3/22/2013
Delicious Roasted Grain is Kosher, Naturally Vegan, Made in the USA and Now Certified Organic   
10/10/2008
Jacobs Farm in Santa Cruz, Calif. was recently awarded $1 million in damages for lost income due to pesticide drift.
3/20/2009
Secure grant funds for your farmers market, community-supported agriculture program and more by applying to the USDA by April 27. 
8/9/2013
Find out how to protect your hives and honeycomb from wax moths without using chemicals.
4/29/2009
Swine flu may or may not be the pandemic that cable newscasters are proclaiming - but why take chances? This most recent health scare is yet another reminder that eating local, organic food - preferably raised by a source you know and trust - is just a smart thing to do.
11/7/2008
Pizza Fusion is one of the 10 finalists in Co-op America's People's Choice Award for green business of the year. The company uses only organic ingredients and delivers its pizza with hybrids.
2/14/2013
To what extent are manufacturers able to take advantage of the enigmatic nature of the term ‘sustainability’ to effectively green wash their products?
7/24/2013
Responsible investment secures land for a young organic farmer in Minnesota.
8/15/2008
We're trying it before you  buy it! Now Relish, one of our weekly blogs, will feature taste tests on various organic foods and snacks. This week we're featuring Kopali Organics snacks in Goldenberry. Read on to find out what we thought!
8/25/2008
We're trying it before you  buy it! Every week Relish — one of our weekly blogs — features taste tests on various organic foods and snacks. This week we're featuring Kaia Premium Granola in raison cinnamon, dates & spices and cocoa bliss. Read on to find out what we thought!
6/28/2011
The dangers of bud nip (Chlorpropham) and the effects of chemical herbicides on the food you're eating come to light in a potato project conducted by a smart, young lady.
5/17/2013
Ways to fertilize organically without breaking the bank.
6/9/2008
Learn to deal with cabbage worms through organic methods.
5/14/2008
Expert advice on best organic fertilizer options for new apple trees and grape vines.
11/14/2013
Special Lager Beer Crafted by New Belgium Brewing Celebrates Patagonia's 40 Years in Business.
10/11/2013
How do folks get from city dwellers to homesteaders? Annie Warmke interviews Carie Starr, owner of Cherokee Valley Bison Ranch in Central Ohio.
11/22/2013
Mountain Rose Herbs honored with Social and Fair Trade Certification.
5/1/2014
Is rotenone organic? The Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) sorts out that complicated question about a pesticide being used on some organic farms.
3/13/2014
The first organic inhaler, The Lung Cleaner, hits markets.
2/14/2014
What does “Certified Organic” mean? Food labels can be befuddling, but we’re here to help. Learn the standards that guide the “Certified Organic” label.
3/7/2014
Gardeners in certain regions frequently ask about how to improve clay soil. Lighten up your heavy clay soil by using organic matter, sand and other soil conditioners.
2/16/2011
Planting heirloom, non-genetically modified seeds is a great way to help preserve endangered plant varieties--and the planet's very ecosystem.
7/15/2010
Landscapers, gardeners and DIYers have a fast and convenient solution that dethatches, bags, rakes, scalps, mulches and cuts lawns in a single tool.
10/25/2010
Popular Mechanics honored STIHL with a 2010 Breakthrough Award for the STIHL HSA 65 hedge trimmer, the first product with 36-volt STIHL Lithium-Ion battery-power technology.
11/5/2010
Duncraft introduces a new concept in bird feeding - the patented Underneath Bird Feeder
5/5/2011
The 2011 report focuses on the Garden Effect and Payback-if-sold. The Garden Effect is the estimated increase in a property’s market value as a result of having beautiful landscaping.
6/25/2012
Fiskars' new hand pruners combine form and function to make every cut easier.
9/27/2010
Recap of 2010 growing season in Northwest Pennsylvania
3/4/2011
Looking for a farming internship or apprenticeship? Search the National Sustainable Agriculture Information Center’s online directory of farming internships and apprenticeships to find one that interests you.
8/12/2011
These large, beautiful, long legged creatures of late summer thrill and amaze.
12/22/2011
A rundown of activities you can do in the winter to improve your homestead.
6/26/2012
Visit our blog by Wednesday at midnight for a chance to win free Egyptian onion top bulbs.
7/17/2012
We don't get to sit around inside and listen to the rain on a tin roof in the summer. Instead, we're busy pulling in spring crops, putting out fall crops, and much more.
4/29/2013
Spring tasks around the homestead.
5/21/2013
In praise of the garden fork.
6/20/2013
Allowing children the space to discover the beauty and wonder of plants through tending to their own garden builds character, teaches responsibility, gives insight into the beauty of nature and fosters their connection with where their food comes from.
7/30/2013
Over the past year, I have made countless mistakes on my garden. In this post, I share four of my most frustrating gardening mistakes and how to avoid them.
6/2/2011
Pick the right dandelion weeder, and ridding your lawn and garden of dandelions becomes more game than chore. Here we hightlight three popular models: the Oswego Grandpa’s Weeder, the Fiskars Triple Claw Weeder and the Garden Weasel Weedpopper Step and Twist.
2/28/2013
This blog post discusses growing enough produce for canning.
6/7/2013
I separate the fact from the fiction with use of soluble fertilizers.
8/6/2013
How my dad defended himself from overly generous gardeners.
3/21/2012
The peaceful tranquility of farm life is often more or less controlled chaos, especially during the busy spring season!
7/9/2013
Survivalist Gardener Rick Austin offers natural and long-lasting tips for repelling pests and insects in gardens hidden in the forest.
9/29/2011
The summer garden is coming to an end. I think most of us can agree it has been a challenging year for our gardens. It is time to regroup and learn from our experiences.
4/10/2011
Save containers, save money! No need to buy something you already have!
1/3/2012
Here are five great companies to buy seeds from.
4/19/2011
Real estate and land use demands have many people left on a waiting list by their local community gardens. Never fear: There's still plenty of options to get growing!
2/15/2011
Creating tomato grafts may be a great way to grow tomatoes organically. Tomato grafting has emerged as one good way to bring resistance to soilborne diseases to susceptible heirloom varieties.
3/2/2011
Learn how to kill nutsedge, both yellow (Cyperus esculentus) and purple (Cyperus rotundus), and remove it from your garden. Pine bark mulch may be one effective way to kill nutlets from yellow nutsedge.
6/19/2008
If you've added too much nitrogen fertilizer to your garden this expert advice can help you figure out how to correct the mistake.
7/29/2008
This photographic illustration shows how permanent gardens beds are beneficial, and prevent soil compaction.
6/3/2010
Keep your garden safe by testing your organic materials for herbicide residue. A few simple tests can help you avoid harming your plants.
11/19/2013
The December garden is still full of life, both in the beds and under cover, providing fresh ingredients for home cooked meals. Winter farmers markets and CSA's are a great way to learn what grows well in your zone.
9/9/2013
Get creative in the kitchen by baking with your harvest. These sweet recipes will change the way you think about baking with fruits and vegetables.
10/4/2013
These DIY garden lights reuse plastic bottles and provide soft, natural lighting for evenings spent outdoors.
9/11/2013
Non-gardeners and gardeners are very, very different creatures.
11/26/2013
A Garden Planner subscription is a budget-friendly gift that offers the satisfaction of spending the chillier chunks of the calendar plotting the bounty ahead.
12/13/2013
Use herbs from the garden in your Christmas dinner. This post shares a complete Christmas meal using garden herbs.
1/7/2014
If you have wondered what a four season garden is, the definition is simple. It is a garden that you can get produce from all year long through spring, summer, fall and winter.
5/27/2014
Interested in seed saving but worried about mistakes? Have questions about seed saving? Here’s the chance to give your input in a new seed saving class!
5/20/2014
June is a beautiful and bountiful time in the garden. It is also not too late to put in a garden! With a few tips, you can get the best harvest ever.
6/5/2014
Learn how chickens and gardens make a great mix.
3/24/2014
In remembrance of a dear friend and steward of the Earth, a look at how others inspire us and how their legacy sculpts us.
3/11/2014
Suggestions for what to have on hand - and handy - when you hear a storm is heading your way.
4/17/2012
Some of the difficulties we encounter in gardening at a high elevation
3/8/2012
Learn three simple tips for making the most of small gardening spaces, including hanging plants and advice for selecting seed varieties.
2/15/2012
Dealing with insects in your garden is inevitable. It’s just a matter of when it happens. Just because you have some critters munching on your food doesn’t mean that you have to break out the chemicals.
1/19/2009
Before space beneath your grow light is needed for onions and other early seedlings, fill it with baby lettuce grown in translucent clamshell salad containers.
11/19/2013
Give your pots the protection they need when freezing temperatures arrive with a portable greenhouse. You can also bring in pepper plants for the winter and have fresh peppers indoors.
7/8/2014
Starting a new vegetable garden bed doesn't have to be a long, tedious, back breaking job. There are a few different ways to get the job done quickly and relatively easily!
4/19/2011
Organic Coconut Sugar is made from sap collected from the freshly cut flower buds of organic coconut palm trees grown on small, sustainable farms.
8/26/2013
At the Mother Earth News Fair, I always enjoy speaking with fellow farmers and gardeners about inputs, organic standards and sound practices in the field. At the OMRI booth, we always provide free OMRI Products Lists of approved input materials, to help you find the right fertilizer or livestock feed additive and keep your farm or garden truly organic .
10/28/2008
University of Florida entomologist Russell Mizell investigated ways to attract stink bugs to trap crops rather than cash crops—with great success. His experience can help you learn how to design trap crop scenarios of your own. 
8/7/2012
Giving your ornamental and vegetable garden a thorough cleaning in midsummer not only leaves the landscape looking better, but can help prevent damage from diseases and pests by removing the conditions in which they thrive.
2/25/2011
While it's almost impossible to completely avoid GMOs, you can minimize your exposure by eating organic and knowing which products are the worst offenders.
1/26/2012
The Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) hosts its 23rd annual Organic Farming Conference, February 23-25, 2012, at the La Crosse Center in La Crosse, Wis.
9/16/2008
Learn how bats can be beneficial for organic farmers, dramatically reducing the need for costly and harmful pesticides.
1/24/2013
EZ Tomato Cages are the brainstorm of two friends, both fed up with purchasing tomato cages that were cheaply fabricated, weak and difficult to store.
4/26/2013
The all-new RZT S ZERO is available in select markets and will be headlining the Cub Cadet Test Drive Experience Tour.
6/13/2011
Cam and Michelle enjoy having their first "HelpX" volunteers to help out in the gardens!
7/13/2011
Cam describes his weight loss program which involves lots and lots of gardening....
7/20/2011
Michelle knows how much work it is to grow strawberries.... and she's happy to be able to buy them at any price!
7/28/2011
Cam enjoyed another week with some volunteer helpers!
8/24/2011
Cam is getting worn out trying to keep up with watering during a drought.
9/23/2011
Cam has a great deal of respect for farmers.
3/15/2012
Every fall Cam is tired of gardening and vows to make his vegetable garden smaller. Every spring he is excited about getting back in the garden and ends up making it bigger!
9/1/2012
Thank goodness for good friends who will share their garden harvest with those of us less skilled.
6/4/2011
It's opening day at the MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR! We're covering all kinds of cool gardening topics at the Organic Gardening Stage.
2/6/2013
Using Pinterest can help inspire new gardening ideas.
8/7/2013
Joseph Lofthouse shares how to maintain thriving populations of landrace vegetables in the garden.
8/12/2012
Come rejoice in the bounty of heirloom tomatoes - experience the flavors and choose your favorites at tomato tastings throughout the Southeast. Plus, it's time to plant fall alliums - garlic and perennial onions - and fall crops for winter storage!
7/14/2012
It may be sweltering hot outside, but we're still busily sowing seeds at the Southern Exposure farms! Learn how to plant your bountiful fall and winter garden, with abundant harvests through Thanksgiving and beyond.
7/23/2010
I’ve learned that gardening in small spaces can be challenging, but I’ve had great success with a Topsy Turvy tomato planter this year. Have you used similar products in your home? How do you handle gardening in small spaces?
5/13/2011
Meet Kriste Misiak and her family, the recent winners of the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Ultimate Garden Giveaway.
8/24/2010
Do you know the best time to plant garlic? Try planting in fall instead of spring for healthy, large garlic bulbs.
6/4/2012
Steve explains how he and his 11 year old son grew a crop of wheat entirely by hand, and why this is something you should try, too.
11/12/2013
HOMEGROWN Life blogger and Bay Area homesteader Rachel discusses using manure in the garden, including which type of animal waste is best for which crops.
11/29/2013
With a small space, how do you choose what to grow? You can grow an amazing variety and amount of vegetables and herbs in a very small space, integrate veggies and herbs into your flowers, and maximize the use of pots.
9/19/2013
A photo essay showing off the beauty of landrace crops.
11/14/2013
The principles of landrace gardening can be applied at any scale from small annual gardens to multi-generational community wide tree farms.
11/4/2013
Exploring my hopes and dreams for the landrace seed movement with suggestions about how farmers, merchants, and gardeners could cooperate to create a more robust, secure, and locally adapted food system.
6/17/2014
You’d think that if you have some 10 acres you’d have a wonderful fields full of fresh vegetables and fruits. You’d think you’d have a simple way to create an awesome garden. And if you live where I live, you’d be wrong.
2/7/2014
EZ Tomato Cages are collapsible and sturdy unlike many currently on the market.
2/26/2014
Barebones strives to make the experience of outdoor recreation and hobbies a priority.
5/14/2014
Learn what to do when you spot garlic scapes growing on hardneck garlic types, and discover how to use garlic scapes that you remove from plants.
10/16/2012
Join us in fighting the threat of GMOs: California's Right to Know (Prop 37) for GMO labeling leads the nation, and the Southern Exposure lawsuit against Monsanto continues to push through the courts. Plus, fall gardening can be easier than summer!
3/15/2012
Ira Wallace inspires us to create flowering, native plant habitat in our gardens. Learn how to identify plants that are 'user-friendly' to the bugs that help keep our gardens healthy.
3/4/2012
A tour of the gardens at Southern Exposure, where we're taking advantage of warm sunny days in February to get our gardens ready for intense planting ahead. But there's still plenty to sow, indoors and out.
3/7/2012
The American Garden Tool Company is an online source for American-made garden tools, products and accessories.
5/25/2011
Gardening can make a difference! Across the country, people are building rain gardens to filter contaminants and ease overburdened stormwater systems. Here's how to build a rain garden in 10 easy steps.
11/30/2011
Although winter is setting in, that doesn't mean an end to the garden season in desert climates! Get inspired by this beautiful rainwater-harvesting, food-producing desert landscape!
4/10/2011
In the United States, we are feeling the effects of the rising food prices as well. When you take a deeper look into the prices, it’s not the food that is causing the price to rise. It’s everything else that goes into getting the food to your plate t
4/23/2011
Growing your own food doesn't have to be an expensive activity. There are plenty of ways to cut back the costs and be earth-friendly as well. You can do this by giving a second life to items that have outgrown their initial purpose.
4/23/2011
Containers are great for those that are gardening in small spaces. Though there is the fear of not knowing when or how often to water them. This is why I started to make my own self-watering containers.
4/30/2011
If you are new to growing your own food in containers, these are some simple tips that should help you to get a better yield and results from your containers.
5/8/2011
A post by Maria Rodale called A Harvest of Healing got me thinking about how gardening and growing your own food is much more than what you harvest.
5/20/2011
Whether you are new to gardening or experienced, you will make some mistakes. Get over it and learn from it. That’s the most important thing.
5/27/2011
Take these into consideration the next time you are making your food purchases.
6/10/2011
When you are apartment gardening in a small space, you are forced to be creative due to your space constrictions. Most traditional pots and containers might not work, so you become reliant on reusing objects to better fit your space.
6/16/2011
Parents will often say that they don't have time to grow their own food because they have kids. Don't let kids be the excuse. Instead make them part of the experience too. It's what families have done since the beginning of time. The past 100 yea
6/26/2011
Some people use gardening as an escape from the trials and tribulations of the real world. It’s their time to get their hands dirty, connect with the earth and just be in their garden.
7/10/2011
People often dismiss gardening as an expensive hobby that they can’t afford. While that can be true, it doesn’t have to be. There are way to make gardening cheap.
7/15/2011
We are taught when we are kids not to waste food, but it doesn’t seem as if that lessen has stuck with us.
7/25/2011
It might be the middle of the summer, but you should start thinking about getting your fall garden ready. If you don’t have much space, to plant everything outdoors, then you can certainly start your seeds indoors.
8/7/2011
It’s the middle of summer and you are likely enjoying the harvests. There is` so much to do with all that fresh and flavorful produce, but what should you do?
5/16/2012
What if I told you that you could grow 50 plants in 4 square feet?
7/1/2011
Kansas City has a thriving city farming scene, and recently hosted an urban farms tour to showcase several of the city’s market and community gardens. One of our editors pedaled along with a bike tour group to see what the city farmers have to offer.  
3/27/2011
When people ask why they should grow their own food, the answer that I give is often simple. I tell them, "It's because we are humans."
3/14/2011
While there are many events that have lead us to where we are today in terms of food, there are some things/events that stand out the most in my mind. Growing your own food is one way to reverse the trend.
1/16/2012
You don't have to depend on nature to feed your bees. Take matters into your own hands and plant enough good food for your bees, so they have good, safe food all year long.
7/21/2010
RADIUS, the leading manufacturer of specialty, natural dental products, announces the launch of the RADIUS Organic Biodegradable Silk Floss, the first 100 percent biodegradable  dental floss.
8/19/2011
GloryBee Foods announces today that the company adds Aunt Patty's Organic Creamed Coconut to its selection of natural foods.
12/5/2010
Building a small cordwood cafe in Colorado. A fun project for everyone!
7/6/2011
"Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us?" is a new bee documentary that examines the global bee crisis through the eyes of beekeepers, scientists, farmers and philosophers. The film emphasizes the thoughts of biodynamic and organic beekeepers on Colony Collapse Disorder and highlights the impact of industrial agriculture on the relationship between humans and bees.
2/24/2012
The morning started off with a decent lecture on poultry operation, production, and marketing. After a midday break, lectures resumed, this time being led by a different fellow, on the subject of free-range, humane certified broiler production. I won
4/18/2011
Replacing paper towels with rags is a super simple step toward sustainable living. Follow these simple tips to get disposable paper towels out of your house. You'll never miss them.
1/7/2011
At least four major beef recalls due to E. coli tainted meat occurred in 2010. A substantial percentage of the meat was certified organic. With these beef scares in mind, the fact that Grist readers voted hamburgers as the second scariest food of 2010 comes as no surprise.
10/9/2011
Cole discusses the challenges faced by organic meat raisers, as well as the health benefits of consuming organic meats.
8/27/2010
We can create eco-friendly clothing without producing waste. Find out more about zero-waste design and its effect on the fashion industry.
4/18/2012
The Organic Materials Review Institute was formed by organic certifiers back in 1997 to focus exclusively on the products and materials used by farmers.
6/11/2012
One workshop at the Puyallup, Wa., MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR was on learning how to make butter, hosted by Organic Valley.
6/8/2011
A silent auction at the Mother Earth News Fair featuring hundreds of items raised $5,232 for the Organic Seed Alliance last weekend in Puyallup, Wash.
1/30/2012
Ann Larkin Hansen shows that typically mundane tasks like record keeping and planning can be a satisfying process that can help you reflect on the successes of the year before.
2/20/2009
Managing Cover Crops Profitably, 3rd Edition, is now available in print and by download from the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program. Learn how to make your soil perform at its very best!
9/23/2009
The creators of Food Inc. make a great effort to teach their audience about where our food comes from and about the effects of our industrial food system. After seeing the documentary, MOTHER EARTH NEWS blogger Jenna Woginrich was inspired to write her own argument about the way we view and consume food - and ask: Will those who most need the education ever see the film?
7/2/2012
Support these longtime anti-GMO activists and organic farmers in the construction of a new repair shop for their vintage seed equipment.
8/14/2008
Forget pesticides or kerosene. Instead, smother badly placed yellow jacket nests with a translucent cover.
12/6/2011
At first glance George Siemon and Doc Hatfield don’t appear to have a whole lot in common. But George and Doc and a bunch of conspirators are revolutionizing agriculture: they are putting consumers back in touch with the people who grow their food.
5/13/2013
Growing organic apples isn’t impossible! Follow these tips and methods for avoiding pest damage and growing apples organically.
5/13/2013
Many wood finishes contain toxic solvents or heavy-metal drying agents. Learn which nontoxic wood finishes are best to use on decks, fences and unfinished, wood-sided homes.
2/28/2014
Do you know about the magic of milk and molasses in improving your garden? Yes, plain old milk of any kind – whole, 2%, raw, dried, skim or nonfat – is a miracle in the garden for plants, soil and compost. Molasses only boosts the benefits! Let’s see how and why they work.
5/6/2014
Harrisons’ Pet Products Recover: A Complete Nutritional Formula is for sick or injured animals.
10/22/2008
You can sneak a few attractive, low maintenance food plants onto your lawn, and your neighbors will never even notice.
11/2/2010
Cam describes some family heirlooms - especially his favorite one - a shovel!
2/11/2011
Cam finds getting around in the country, especially in the winter, so much easier with his 4X4 truck.
3/18/2011
Cam has always enjoyed playing with water. Now he lets his solar-powered pump do some of the work!
3/24/2011
Cam appreciates all four of our seasons!
4/26/2011
Finding wild morel mushrooms growing in our urban backyard means plenty of marvelous meals.
5/18/2011
Cam describes "double digging" as a way of creating a new garden without losing precious topsoil.
6/27/2011
Cam has found another way to save money - his wife cuts his hair now! He also describes how even though he isn't artistic he creates and enjoys the masterpieces from his garden.
8/2/2011
It's been a rough summer for gardeners and farmers alike. Here's how we've been dealing with drought and a few tips on watering.
8/15/2011
Cam describes a recent adventure involving round bales, train tracks and a stressful drive home.
10/21/2011
Cam was generously offered the loan of a small backhoe and had a whale of a time getting jobs done!
7/25/2012
The drought conditions at Sunflower Farm are making Cam rather cranky.
7/27/2012
Ranting about the drought worked! We got rain here at Sunflower Farm!
8/3/2011
If you’re a market gardener battling the heat, you’ll want to check out these great tips for keeping yourself and your crops cool.
1/18/2012
One way to get a jumpstart on the growing season is to start growing your seeds indoors. For most of you it’s still cold outside. That doesn’t mean that you can’t get a headstart on getting your garden started for the new year.
7/11/2012
I asked Heather, the Marketing and Customer Service Specialist over at Thrive, a few questions and here’s what she said about mycorrhizal fungi.
4/3/2013
Planting a vine patch for the first time is easy without the need to till up a lot of soil; instead, cut out sod circles and mulch the surrounding area.
5/22/2013
Building community through sharing work and food.
7/10/2013
By applying the principles of landrace gardening, you can help your plants win the race against weeds.
7/24/2013
By growing potatoes from pollinated seeds we can develop locally adapted plants that thrive in our gardens.
7/31/2013
Seed saving is an integral part of landrace gardening.
8/14/2013
Landrace gardening allows us to minimi