Organic Gardening

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

How to Save Tomato Seeds Without Giving up the Tomatoes

By Pam Dawling

It is possible to save your own tomato seeds and still use the rest of the tomato for making sauce or salsa. Scooping out the seeds and fermenting them for a few days dissolves the sticky gel around the seeds and also kills some tomato diseases. Next year you can have healthier tomato plants and if you select for early yield you can have more and sooner.


Welcome Beneficial Insects with a Pollinator Garden

By Rebecca Harrold

To encourage pollinators to feel welcome, we filled a small plot with plants attractive to pollinators.


Seed Savers Exchange Seeks Stories Using StoryCorps’ App

By Lydia Noyes

Tech-savvy gardeners can use the StoryCorps app to record and share the stories behind their heirloom seeds.


Heritage Harvest Festival 2017

By Cindy Conner, Homeplace Earth

Heritage Harvest Festival is an annual celebration of food, sustainable agriculture, and the preservation of heritage plants. Many regions have celebrations of their heritage sometime throughout the year, showcasing what has gone before and giving us ideas of how we can move forward with this knowledge.


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Start a Permaculture Orchard Using the NAP Method

By Rebecca Harrold

Excited to try permaculture on our country property, we planted a 1-acre permaculture orchard. Our new orchard contains tree fruit, berries and nitrogen-fixers.


Use Coffee Grounds in Your Garden

By Joshua Burman Thayer, Native Sun Gardens

There is a free an accessible garden amendment right under your nose! Coffee grounds are a great natural food source for the soil. So, follow these simple steps and stop throwing away your spent coffee grounds.


Managing Your Onion Harvest

By Cindy Conner, Homeplace Earth

Growing onions is one thing, but keeping them for the long term is quite another. Here are some tips to help you have homegrown onions to eat all winter.


Root Tomato Cuttings for Fall Using Test Tubes

By Wendy Akin

With a good two months until first frost, it’s time to start new plants. So, whack them off just right above where new shoots are starting, about 8 inches from the ground. These will now grow quickly and have new cherry tomatoes in probably about six weeks since they have huge root systems.



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