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Organic Gardening

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

Multiplying the Bounty: Cloning free plants

By Regina Hitchcock

Taking stem cuttings from non-trademarked plants will increase the plants in your garden for nearly no cost!


Making Biochar to Improve Soil

By Barbara Pleasant

By making biochar from brush and other hard to compost organic material, you can improve soil ā€” it enhances nutrient availability and also enables soil to retain nutrients longer. Originally published as "Make Biochar ā€” This Ancient Technique Will Improve Your Soil" in the February/March 2009 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.


Use Cover Crops to Improve Soil

By Barbara Pleasant

Cover crops solar-charge your soil and improve soil nutrients. Here is what you need to know about cover crop planting methods and reliable cover crop options for your region. Originally published as "Cover Crops: Options, Tips and Advantages for the Home Garden" in the October/November 2009 issue of MOTHER EARTH NEWS.


Fight Freezing Temps

By Mary Martin

Idaho gardener offers an easy solution to save plants from cold weather.


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Grow a Kiwi Arbor for Shade and Fruit

By Ilene White Freedman, House in the Woods Farm

If you are thinking of growing an arbor, consider growing a pair of kiwi plants. Learn from the story of our first eight years.


Choose Long-Handled Garden Tools for Easier Garden Care

By Brook Elliott

Garden tools that combine long handles and well-made heads can make any gardening task easier, yet surprisingly few gardeners are aware they exist.


Curing, Trimming and Selecting Garlic for Replanting

By Pam Dawling

Learn to cure garlic for 3 to 6 weeks until the necks are dry. Trim the roots and save enough for replanting in the fall.


5 Tips for Planting Seeds Inside

By Carrie Williams Howe

Avoid seed starting failures by learning from our mistakes! Five tips for seed starting success based on 10 years of experience.



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