Organic Gardening

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

It's January: Time to Plan Your Garden

By Carole Coates

Who thinks of January garden chores? An experienced gardener, that's who. January is the perfect time to start planning your spring garden. The author, Carole Coates, offers tips she's learned to make garden planning productive and fun.

Currants and Gooseberries Fit Nicely into Your Orchard Understory

By Joshua Burman Thayer, Native Sun Gardens

Landscape designer Joshua Burman Thayer recommends currants and gooseberries (both in the family Ribes spp.) as great candidates for plugging into empty portions of your garden’s under-story.

How to Prevent Sweet Potatoes Sprouting in Storage

By Pam Dawling

Sweet potatoes are a valuable long-term winter storage crop. To get the longest storage, it is important to learn how to prevent them sprouting before you get to eat them all.

Benefits of the Natural-Organic Program

By Howard Garrett

Learn why the natural-organic program works better than chemical fertilizers and pesticides.


Growing Fruit Trees in the Home Garden

By Carole Coates

It's never too early to add fruit trees to your home gardening plans. The reward is well worth the effort. The author of this article lists ten important tips for growing fruit trees.

Why Do Potatoes Sprout and How Can You Prevent Sprouting?

By Pam Dawling

How to stop potatoes sprouting in storage. How to provide the ideal conditions for long term potato storage. How to sprout seed potatoes before planting.

Country Lore: February/March 2018

Submitted by MOTHER EARTH NEWS readers

Readers’ tips about how to build a solar powered food dryer, a straw bale garden, how to deter unwanted garden critters, repurposing and upcycling projects, and more!

Organic Gardening Tips for Newbies

By Carole Coates

Are you new to gardening? Have a hankering to grow your own food but don’t know where to begin? With her tips for successful gardening, the author, Carole Coates, shares gardening secrets to help you be a successful gardener.