Organic Gardening

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

Why Growing Your Own Food Matters More Now Than Ever

By Toby Grotz

Energy, history, and politics make learning food production more important than ever.

Operation Aphid: Combating the Garden Pest

By Bryan Traficante, GardenInMinutes

The aphid. The name hardly conjures images of destruction, but that’s exactly what these little pests do best. Luckily, reducing and eliminating aphid populations is manageable and can be done quickly and inexpensively with products found around the house.

Tapping Maple Trees Using Natural Sumac Spiles, Part 2

By Susan Tipton-Fox, The Mushroom Hut @ Fox Farms/Micro Dairy

Part 1 outlined the beginning steps to tapping maple and birch trees using natural sumac taps, including how to make sumac taps and how and when to tap the tree. This post will tell you what to do with your sap to boil it down into maple syrup.

Tapping Maple Trees Using Natural Sumac Spiles, Part 1

By Susan Tipton-Fox, The Mushroom Hut @ Fox Farms/Micro Dairy

We will tell you how you can tap your own maple trees and make your own maple syrup without having to buy all the expensive equipment. We will begin in Part 1 to tell you When and How to tap maples.


Step-by-Step Bokashi Composting Method: Fermentation, Compost Tea, and Finished Fertilizer

By Emma Raven, Misfit Gardening

At the beginning of the process, Bokashi composting is a fermentation process with the microorganisms working in a low oxygen environment. To use Bokashi composting systems, simply add the kitchen waste to the container and sprinkle with the bran.

Using Fruit-Bearing Trees and Shrubs in Formal Landscapes for Added Fall Color

By Eron Drew, Tierra Garden Organics

Fruit trees and shrubs make excellent editions to a home landscape and can be used to replace many commonly used species such as spirea, potentilla and decorative plums and cherries. The fall color is often exceptional and the added bonus of fresh fruit can’t be beat.

Putting Gardens to Bed for Winter and Preparing for Spring

By Sean and Monica Mitzel, Sovereign Sonrise Permafarm

This is a beautiful time of year – leaves falling to the ground in colors of orange, red, and yellow. Birds and other little critters running around doing their last minute preparations for winter, and life begins to slow down just a little. One of the main activities we’ve been engaged in on the homestead is getting our gardens ready for winter, and prepped for an even more productive spring.

Saving Gladioli Bulbs in Fall for Spring Replanting

By Celeste Longacre

Gadioli are beautiful flowers. They come in many colors; some make bold, bright statements in single shades while others are craftily dabbled with more than one hue. In the south, where winters do not freeze the ground solid, they can live in place for decades. In the north, where snow and cold dominate, they must be brought inside to survive.