Organic Gardening

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

How Accurate Are Soil pH Testers?

By Robert Pavlis

A Master Gardener gauges the precision of home test kits.


Grow a Year-Round Indoor Salad Garden

By Peter Burke

Use this unique technique to grow salad greens in a limited space, even in winter.


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MOTHER’s product picks for December 2017 / January 2018


Horticultural Vinegar for Weed Control, Part 2

By Miriam Van Zant, Community Conservation Botanical Garden of Southern Illinois

Horticultural vinegar, diluted to 15 to 20 percent acetic acid, is used as an ingredient for making defoliants for controlling weeds, including poison ivy. This is Part 2 of a 2-part series on on using horticultural vinegar. It gives instructions and formulas for making herbicides and includes new formulas which work in acidic wetland soils. Part 1 explains the reasons to use horticultural vinegar, why new formulas are needed, and considers other relatively non-toxic methods of weed control.


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A Homegrown Supply of Berries

By Rebecca Harrold

We grow - and eat- our own strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, and (hopefully) blueberries.


Horticultural Vinegar for Weed Control, Part 1

By Miriam Van Zant, Community Conservation Botanical Garden of Southern Illinois

Horticultural vinegar, diluted to 15 to 20 percent acetic acid, is used as an ingredient for making defoliants for controlling weeds, including poison ivy. The formula containing defoliants can be used in place of carcinogenic and other agricultural chemicals for controlling weeds that harm wildlife, pets, and all of us. This post breaks down why you should consider using horticultural vinegar for health and environment.


How to Make a Winter Salad Mix

By Pam Dawling

How to harvest, cut and mix a variety of winter salad crops. How to add flavor, eye-appeal and make healthy salads from homegrown salad leaves.


6 Proven Strategies for Year-Round Harvests

By Benedict Vanheems

There’s no shortage of good things to eat throughout the summer and fall growing seasons, but what about those quieter times of the year?



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