Organic Gardening

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

How to Make Sorghum Syrup and Market Sorghum Products (with Video)

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

We'll tell you how we juice sorghum without a lot of expensive equipment. We'll also give you insight into other products you can get from sorghum and how to market.

Heat-Tolerant Eggplant Varieties

By Pam Dawling

For several years, we have been trialing eggplant varieties to find one better in hot weather than our favorite 'Nadia', which is great in temperate summer weather. We love the classic pear shape and glossy purple-black skin of 'Nadia', and we want something looking similar, but better at setting fruit in hot weather.

Grow Warm-Weather Plants Year-Round with a Chinese Greenhouse: New Book Shows You How

By Kale Roberts

For those gardeners who wish to grow year-round longtime MOTHER EARTH NEWS Contributing Editor and home-energy expert Dan Chiras has a solution for you: the Chinese greenhouse. Typically earth-banked into a hillside or girded by mounded earth, Chinese greenhouses bring many principles of passive-solar design into the greenhouse in order to grow using 100-percent solar radiation.

'Hastings Prolific': An Heirloom Dent Corn Variety for Gardeners, Part 2

By Fala Burnette, Wolf Branch Homestead

Which rumors about this hard-to-find corn are true or false? Learn how 'Hastings Prolific' heirloom dent corn really grows.


Growing and Harvesting Sorghum: Raising Cane and Gettin' Juiced

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

Learn to grow sorghum on a small scale. Part 1 will cover growing and harvesting. Part 2 will cover our method of juicing and ideas on marketing.

Natural Landscaping and Harsh Municipal Code Realities

By Blythe Pelham

Our travails continue with the head-on collision of our aesthetics and the Village Council. Read this blog post to discover more about how personal opinion tries to trump Constitutionally guaranteed freedoms.

Container Gardening Tips

By Kirsten Lie-Nielsen, Hostile Valley Living

Limited space? You can still enjoy a bountiful garden!

Troubleshooting Planting the Humble Potato

By Charlyn Ellis

Gardening is, at its heart, an Art and a Mystery, as well as a science. There are things we can know, and control, and things that we cannot. And I am constantly learning the difference. There are always crops which keep me humble, which raise questions of timing, fertilization, and care, which do not come out as I intended. One year it was beans, another year, winter squash. My 'Russian Banana' fingerling potatoes were the crop this year.