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Organic Gardening

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

Common and Rare Types of Tomato Foliage

By Craig LeHoullier

The more tomato varieties you grow – especially if you delve into the wonderful world of heirlooms – the more you realize that not all tomato plants look alike. Look closely at the leaves and you will find lots of variations; once you become familiar with a particularly favorite variety, you may even be able to distinguish it early on just by its leaves. Pictures tell the story and take the mystery away from the commonly used tomato foliage terms "regular leaf" and "potato leaf."


Delayed Weeding Can Yield Garden Treasures

By Blythe Pelham

Selective weeding can result in finding delightfully surprising volunteers in your garden. I’m sure most of you have heard some version of the old adage, “A weed is simply any plant growing in an unwanted place.” When combined with “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” you can sometimes have eye-opening conversations (especially with neighbors).


Cover Crops for Spring, Summer, and Fall

By Aiyanna Sezak-Blatt, Wild Abundance

If your cover crop was successful, and crowded out all of the weeds, you can go ahead and plant your new crop right into the cut cover crop. If your timing is right (with your cover crop in flower, cut very low to the ground, and is one of the crops listed) you can plant right into the undisturbed roots of your cover crop.


Watering: Not too Much, Not too Little

By Celeste Longacre

When and how to water a garden can be challenging especially for beginner gardeners. Read the tips that will make you feel like an expert on garden watering.


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Making 'Lemonade' from Seedling Failure

By Blythe Pelham

Enemy forces seemed to converge over my indoor green thumbs this year, resulting in a near complete seedling failure. What happens when undetermined circumstances produce "lemons?" You make lemonade, of course. Blythe shares how her failed seedling crop may just have changed how she manages her springtimes from here on out.


'Heirloom Gardener' Magazine Added to Ogden Family: Reader Contributions Needed

By the Heirloom Gardener staff

Heirloom Gardener magazine is looking for bloggers and reader-submitted gardening photos, stories, and more. The magazine has been acquired by Ogden Publications, the publisher of MOTHER EARTH NEWS, GRIT, and Mother Earth Living magazines.


5 Considerations for Year-Round Greenhouse Growing

By Jennifer Poindexter, Morning Chores

Many people believe they can grow anything anytime when they just got their own greenhouse. You can, but that’s not always the case. Sure, it depends on what you’re planting in the first place. But, it also depends on the greenhouse itself and how you plant it.


How to Build A Vegetable Bed Biodynamically, Part 2

By Emma Raven, Misfit Gardening

Building raised vegetable garden beds has many benefits: They negate contending with poor soil, you can make them tall to avoid bending, avoid soil compaction and they look appealing to name a few. But how can you make them biodynamic? This post will tell you how.