Organic Gardening

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

Homegrown Flax to Linen: Retting

By Cindy Conner, Homeplace Earth

Growing flax for fiber to spin into linen requires many steps. Once it is harvested and the seeds removed, it needs to be retted. Retting is as easy as spreading the flax out in the grass for several weeks.

Homesteader to Restauranteur: 4 Ideas to Spark your Inner-Food Entrepreneur

By Lisa Kivirist

Are you a homesteader with a dream of launching your own food business one day? Perhaps a restaurant showcasing farm to table fare? Trish Watlington, owner of The Red Door Restaurant, shares four of her success strategies that launched her from backyard gardener to San Diego’s leading local food entrepreneur.

Touch-Up Pruning for Lemon Tree Health

By Joshua Burman Thayer, Native Sun Gardens

Many properties across the Bay Area region have lemons that have stood fast for decades, still producing decent yields. When most people think of tree pruning, often they will think of winter time (i.e. apples, pears and cherries). However, citrus has a sub-tropical heritage and thus is best pruned when there is no threat of frost or rain. Here in the Bay Area, you can do some light touchup pruning to that lemon or lime for optimal health.

No Words to Describe the Value of What We Produce

By Cindy Conner, Homeplace Earth

What we produce ourselves is more valuable than any dollar amount that might be assigned to it. We have put our heart and soul into it and we can feel it, but there is no way to measure that and no words to describe it.


Using Sprout Mats for Soil Building

By Kyle Chandler-Isacksen

We use spent sprout and micro-green mats as mulch all around our homestead.

Growing Lettuce with EcoScraps Raised-Bed Garden Mix

By Don Abbott

This spring I've decided to try an experiment using EcoScraps Raised Bed Garden Mix versus potting soil.

Planting Leeks

By Pam Dawling

Leeks are a wonderful cold-hardy crop that provide a tasty change from leafy greens and stored roots in the winter. They provide onion-like flavor without pungency and without worries about the plants bolting. By growing appropriate varieties, and transplanting enough, you can provide harvests over several cold months. We plant out in June for fall and winter harvests.

Improve Soil With Organic Matter

By Anna Twitto

Improving soil takes time, patience, and plenty of organic matter.

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