Organic Gardening

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

Gradually Growing a Butterfly Garden (while Finding a Community)

By Shannon Mach

Many species of butterflies are in desperate need of habitat. Backyards have the potential to play a large role in helping many species survive to be enjoyed by future generations. I researched regional butterflies and their host plants and was soon rewarded with a yard dancing with butterflies.

Annual Soil Building: An Organic Year in Review

By Joshua Burman Thayer, Native Sun Gardens

The season is wrapping up for the calendar year. That said, here in the sub-tropical Bay Area, we have a 365 days of growing opportunity. As we clear out our fall tomato beds and perhaps seed lava and garlic into the beds for winter, now is a good time to give some love to your farming soil.

Dealing with Snow on Your Hoophouse

By Pam Dawling

Most people with hoophouses (high tunnels, polytunnels) will need to know how to remove snow off the structure in the winter. Here are methods to pull, push and melt down the snow, so that the plants get daylight, the plastic does not tear and the frame does not collapse from the weight. This information will bring peace of mind and provide efficient snow removal methods, leaving you ready to get back to harvesting those delicious winter greens.

Setting Up An Urban Homestead: Thinking Outside the Box

By Anna Twitto

Seeing the homesteading potential in an abandoned overgrown plot.


Autumn Garden: Harvesting, Planting, Sustaining and Eating

By Felicia Rose

Want to eat out of the garden in the fall? Here are suggestions on how to make that happen.

Falling for Garlic

By Regina Hitchcock

Fall is the best time to plant garlic in Northern Arizona. Here are a few tips to make it easier on you.

For the Love of Insects

By Blythe Pelham

We have been trained to think of insects as pests and enemies of our gardens. Thankfully there are a growing number of people who understand just how many of those insects are beneficial and literally work their entire lives shepherding our gardens so their exponentially larger fellow beings can enjoy the fruits of their labors.

Children Growing Their Own Food: Why Children Need To Learn This Important Skill

By Marc Thoma

Food security and healthy eating are becoming more important. Teaching our children to grow their own food is key to achieving better health and securing the world's food supplies.

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