Organic Gardening

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

Getting Started in the Garden

By Celeste Longacre

Spring is here and it's time to garden. Learn which plants can be planted before the frost is done by reading on.

Flax to Linen: Spinning

By Cindy Conner, Homeplace Earth

Flax is what you grow to produce the fiber for linen—a different variety, of course, than the flax normally grown for seeds to eat. Once you have grown and processed it, you will need to spin it. You can skip right to learning to spin while you are waiting for your flax harvest. If there will be no flax harvest for you this year, learn to spin fiber you have purchased and join the flax to linen movement from that point.

Homage Gardening

By Blythe Pelham

Losing a parent or loved one is rarely easy yet it’s often an inevitable part of living. This post explains how gardening can help the grieving process, lift spirits, and bring continuously strong memories as you heal the shock and pain.

Hoop-House Intercropping in Spring

By Pam Dawling

When making the transition from winter crops to early spring crops in hoop houses (high tunnels), rather than clear whole beds, consider leaving the outer rows of winter greens until the new transplants are settled in and need the space. This relay planting method provides more food, and importantly, continues to provide greens to tide you over until the spring planted outdoor greens are big enough to harvest.


New Kind of Worm Bedding

By Stan Slaughter

The author has been testing the use of hardwood pellets as a bedding for red worm composting.

Grow Cotton In Your Garden

By Cindy Conner, Homeplace Earth

Cotton clothes are such a common part of our lives that we often take them for granted. However, if you are into local goods, local clothes are hard to find. You can fix that by growing your own cotton right in your garden! Of course, you will have to then learn so spin, weave, and sew, but those skills will come. Right now let’s talk about the growing.

Peat Moss: An Environmentally Poor Choice for Gardeners

By Celeste Longacre

For many years, gardeners have been incorporating peat moss into their beds. It fluffs up the soil, helps to retain moisture and adds organic matter. So what is the problem with it? The environmental impact — the peat that we use has been decimating the beds that it comes from. Yet, there is an alternative in coconut coir.

Yellowjackets are Beneficial Insects

By Sean and Monica Mitzel

Before you go and grab a can of insecticide to kill those pesky yellow jackets have you considered the fact that they eat aphids, flies, caterpillars and grasshoppers? In many ways they are beneficial. Their omnivorous nature lends itself well to eating the soft bodied structure of the dreaded aphid for example. They also help to sanitize outdoor animal processing stations, eat rotting fruit and they help take care of carrion in general. Yellow jackets are amazing beneficial insects if you can stand them!