Organic Gardening: Most Popular Articles
Many of us are blessed (or cursed, depending on how you see it) with shady lots. The general assumption is that if you have anything other than full sun, you can't grow vegetables. Not true! These ten veggies will produce very well with three to six hours of sunlight per day.
There are many reasons to make a raised bed garden, from poor soil to a desire to extend your growing season. This article will explain the advantages of raised beds, and tell you how to make one.
These two homemade organic sprays have a proven track record of effectiveness when it comes to getting rid of aphids.
These four easy and inexpensive tests will tell you just about everything you need to know about your soil. You'll learn how to test for soil composition, drainage, biological activity, and soil acidity. Once you know which problems your soil has, you'll be well on your way to growing a beautiful, healthy organic garden.
Clay soil can be extremely frustrating to work with, and few plants will thrive in it. By following a few steps, and putting in some manual labor, you can improve clay soil. This article shows you how.
Coffee grounds are a valuable addition to compost and garden soil. Here are a few ideas for using coffee grounds in your garden.
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Several plants make excellent companions for tomatoes in your garden. Some help repel harmful pests, some help your tomatoes grow better, and some just make good neighbors, putting on most of their growth before your tomatoes take off. Here are the best companion plant for tomatoes, and what makes them great.
Gardening in a raised bed offers plenty of advantages for the gardener, but there are a few important tips and tricks to keep in mind to grow a successful raised bed garden.
If you're wondering which common household items are good for the compost bin, this article is full of ideas for you.
Here is a solution for anyone who wants to make compost, but doesn't have much space. You can make a simple compost bin out of a plastic storage container.
Strawberries adapt very well to container growing. This article explains how to plant and grow organic strawberries in a strawberry pot.
Many gardeners are growing Victory Gardens and adding edible plants to their home landscapes. These five tips will help ensure gardening success!
Here are the best plants to grow with potatoes in your garden (as well as those to avoid.)
This table shows, at a glance, what the first and last frost dates are for each USDA hardiness zone.
This FAQ answers questions about determinate vs. indeterminate tomato varieties, including the difference between the two, when to use which type, and pros and cons of both types.
If you don't have the space for a compost pile, you can still put those kitchen scraps and yard waste to use in a trash can compost bin. It is the ideal solution for anyone who needs to compost in small spaces.
Here is a quick and easy way to protect your tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants from fall frost and keep your season going just a bit longer.
What is acidic soil, and is it a problem for your garden? This article provides a quick explanation of acidic soil, signs that your soil may be acidic, and ways to test soil acidity.
If you're dealing with acidic soil in your garden, here's how to improve it by increasing the pH level using organic methods.
What are the best companion plants for garlic? And what should you avoid planting near garlic in the garden?
Here are plants that are good companions for cucumbers in your garden - as well as those that you should avoid planting near cucumbers.
This article explains reasons to prune your tomato plants, as well as instructions for pruning, along with before and after photos of a pruned tomato plant.
Growing organic tomatoes is easy, even if you don't have space for a vegetable garden. This article will explain how to grow organic tomatoes in a container on your porch, patio, or balcony.
Growing sprouts is the easiest way to grow a bit of your own food. Here are instructions for growing sprouts in a jar, as well as recommended varieties and information about buying seed.
Here is a list of the best companion plants for garden peas, as well as what to avoid planting nearby.
It's a common problem among indoor seed-starters: leggy seedlings. Here's what causes seedlings to get leggy, and how to avoid it.
Birds can drive any berry-lover to tears. Since berries can't be picked until they are perfectly ripe, we have to wait for just the right moment to harvest them. More often than not, we head out to the berry patch (or strawberry pot) and find that the berries we were so looking forward to have been devoured by birds. This article will give you ten humane, inexpensive ways to protect your berries from the birds
Here's what you need to know to grow delicious organic zucchini and other summer squashes in your garden, including planting and growing instructions, recommended varieties, and common pests.
Here is a list of companion plants for broccoli, as well as those you should avoid planting near broccoli in your garden.
Microgreens are an easy crop to grow indoors or out, in a garden or a container. Here's what you need to know to grow these delicious, beautiful greens.
Here is what you need to know to start your own organic vegetable garden. From site selection to figuring out the right size, to amending the soil and planting your new organic vegetable garden.
Powdery mildew is the bane of lilac growers and phlox lovers everywhere. Early detection and action is the key to organically ridding your garden of this annoying fungal disease.
Making a new organic garden requires a bit of work up front, but it is a simple process. From selecting a site to choosing and installing your plants, this article provides the tips and techniques you need to help your new garden thrive.
Here is a crash course in composting: what to compost, where to compost, how to maintain your compost pile, and how to harvest and use your compost.
Here is a list of the best plant to combine with zucchini in your garden.
There are plenty of alternatives to raking and bagging your leaves every fall. From making compost and leaf mold to using your leaves as mulch, this article lays out five easy ways to use autumn leaves in your garden.
Fennel is a delicious, anise-flavored vegetable that is popular in Italian cuisine. Here is what you need to know to grow organic fennel in your garden.
Aphids can be a real pain in the garden. This article provides a description of these pests as well as the damage they cause, and several organic solutions for controlling them.
Mulch not only makes the garden look neat and tidy, but it suppresses weeds, maintains soil moisture, and adds nutrients to the soil as well. Different types of mulches have their pros and cons, and some will work better in one situation than another. Here's everything you need to know about organic mulches.
Here are the best companion plants for beans, as well as which plants to avoid planting near your beans.
Here is an explanation of how to harvest asparagus, and when to harvest it.
Black spot is a disease that plagues many rose growers. Learning about the conditions that encourage this fungal disease, as well as ways to prevent it from spreading, will help you keep your roses looking great.
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Instructions for when and how to start eggplant from seed indoors.
One of the things many people worry about when they start composting is that the pile will stink. A healthy compost pile does not give off any bad odors. However, if things are a bit off in your pile, things can start to get smelly. Here's what you need to do if your compost pile is starting to smell bad.
Here are ten easy vegetables to grow from seed in the garden.
Bindweed is a vining weed with morning glory-like flowers. This article will tell you how to get rid of bindweed without using chemicals.
Direct sowing is the simplest method for growing plants from seed, but it can also be a bit of an uncertain method. There are a few things you can do to ensure success with direct sowing. This article provides five tips for successfully direct sowing garden seeds.
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Butterfly Weed, formally known as Asclepias tuberosa, is a perfect choice for a butterfly garden. It is low maintenance, colorful, and attracts butterflies and caterpillars all season long. Here's how to grow it.
Leaf mold is a free, easy to make soil amendment. Here are tips and instructions for how to make it, as well as suggestions for how to use it in your garden.
Manure tea is one of the most valuable concoctions to make for your garden. Here's an explanation of manure tea, and how to make it.
If you're wondering how to grow asparagus, including how to plant, fertilize, and harvest, here are plenty of tips for growing your own organic asparagus.
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If squirrels are digging up your tulips as quickly as you plant them, here are some ideas for you to protect bulbs from squirrels.
This article shows, step by step, how to set up a vermicomposting, or worm compost bin. It explains everything from selecting a bin size, to using the right types of worms and how to prepare the bedding.
Here is everything you need to help you grow delicious, nutritious fresh cucumbers in your garden -- without the use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers.
If you're thinking of reducing your lawn and putting in a few more garden beds, you'll need to figure out a way to get rid of the grass effectively. Here are some ideas for getting rid of lawn areas.
Cabbage worms can wreak havoc on brassicas, especially in early fall. Those hungry caterpillars can turn your kale into a hole-ridden mess in no time. Luckily, they're easy to identify and deal with.
It's all too easy to go overboard buying tools for your garden. In reality, if you have these ten simple tools, you can tackle almost any garden task.
Trench composting is easy, invisible, and possible in any size garden. This article will explain the method, as well as suggest a few ways to compost in trenches in your own garden.
Here is a very high quality recipe for a soil-less mix that is perfect for starting and growing your seeds in. This recipe works in pots, flats, cell packs, and soil blocks.
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Here is a list of herbs, annuals, and perennials that make good companion plants for roses.
: Which items are "greens" and which are "browns" when it comes to composting? Here is a simple list
If you are looking for a good source for organic vegetable, herb, or flower seeds, this list is full of good options.
You can easily and inexpensively make your own vermicomposting bin with nothing more than two five-gallon buckets, a lid, and a drill. Here's how to do it.
If you are seeing powdery-looking patches on the foliage of your plants, you most likely have a case of the very common powdery mildew fungal disease.
Here is a great combination to use in your vegetable garden. These three plants not only help each other grow better, but also look great in combination.
No matter where you live, it's possible that eventually you'll have to deal with rats that have been attracted to your compost pile. Whether they're attracted by the possibility of food, warmth, or shelter, here's how to keep rats out of your compost.
If you are considering starting your first vegetable garden (or trying to figure out how to get more produce for less work), the plants on this list are a good place to start. They are not overly picky about temperature, produce throughout the season, and require very little babying from the gardener.
Not everyone has space in the garden for a compost bin or pile, and many, thanks to local ordinances or homeowners association rules, may not be allowed to compost at all. Here is a simple, effective method for composting without a pile.
Here's what you need to know to grow your own delicious, nutritious, organic blueberries.
If you love dandelion greens, it might be a good idea to plant some in your vegetable garden. Here's how to do it!
Learn how to grow sweet, delicious organic beets in your own garden, from choosing a spot in your garden to dealing with pest problems, and how to choose the best varieties of beets.
Tomato hornworms are some of the most common pests tomato growers have to contend with. This article shows you how to identify a tomato hornworm, and what to do if you find them on your plants.
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Here is a list of everything you will need to successfully start plants from seed indoors.
If you're wondering whether it's all right to compost weeds, or which ones you should and shouldn't compost, this article will provide some guidelines to help you keep noxious weeds from taking over your compost pile.
Sometimes we lose the seed packet, with all of its wonderful planting instructions, or we get some seeds from a friend, minus helpful instructions. How can you tell how deeply to sow seeds in your garden? There is an easy trick to figure it out.
Kale is one of the most nutritious vegetables you can eat due to its high fiber and vitamin content. Here's how to grow this nutritional powerhouse, organically.
Potatoes are a great crop to grow in the home vegetable garden. Here is a comprehensive guide to growing organic potatoes.
Learn about what causes tomatoes to split, and what you can do to try to prevent splitting and cracking tomatoes in your garden.
So you want to compost, but you don't know where to start? Or you have limitations to deal with, such as a lack of space or neighbors that just don't understand. No matter what your composting needs are, there is a solution out there that will work for you. Here are several easy options for home composting.
Learn how to grow the best organic tomatoes, from selecting the tastiest varieties to how to handle common pest and disease problems.
Here is a quick tip that will help your tomato plants use less water, develop stronger root systems, and grow sturdier stems.
You can use cardboard toilet paper rolls as inexpensive, biodegradable seed starting pots. Here's how to do it!
This simple, no-dig method for making a new garden bed is perfect for making a large garden with very little time and effort.
How deeply should you plant garlic in your garden? Here's the answer!
Like everyone else, the red wigglers in your vermicomposting bin have preferences about the food they eat. Here is a list of the foods they seem to like the best, as well as the foods they seem to avoid.
You do not have to make elaborate structures to have a productive compost pile. This compost bin, made from wire fencing, is so easy to make, you'll be able to make a new one whenever you have a surplus of materials to compost.
Ground cherries are an easy fruit to grow in your garden. Learn more about these sweet little fruits, and how to grow them in your garden.
Here is a quick reference for how to know how deeply to plant most spring flowering bulbs, including tulips, daffodils, and alliums.
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Cutworms cause what can possibly be considered the cruelest damage to your plants. After you've coddled seeds and watched them grow into sturdy little seedlings, you walk out to the garden one morning to find them laying on the soil, as if chopped down by tiny axes. This is telltale cutworm damage. Here's how to identify cutworms and protect your plants from these pests.
The terms open-pollinated, self-pollinated, heirloom, and hybrid can be confusing. This article explains what each term means, and provides examples of plants that fit each type.
What are heirloom plants, and why do they have so many fans? Defining heirlooms, and the many reasons to grow them.
Fish emulsion is an organic fertilizer. It is a liquid fertilizer made from byproducts of the fish oil and fish meal industry.
Dandelions are the most common weed in most American gardens. They grow particularly well in their preferred conditions, spread easily, and can quickly get out of hand if left to their own devices. Thankfully, breaking out the weed spray is totally unnecessary if you do a few key things to control them.
If you have a bit of space, you can make worm beds for vermicomposting right in your garden. Use your worm bed to produce lots of vermicompost, to reduce your waste, or maybe even to start your own business selling worms.
Here is a list of delicious heirloom tomatoes. The list includes tomatoes that are good for both fresh eating and for making sauces. If you're new to heirlooms, give a few of these a try.
It takes a bit of work to grow organic celery, but the effort is well worth it. Here's how to grow celery in your garden.
April is an amazing time in the garden. This gardening checklist will get you off to a strong start for the growing season!
How to diagnose your tomatoes to determine whether spots on the foliage are a result of early blight, late blight, or Septoria. This article includes a chart and photos.
Information about how to tell when the time is right to harvest your potatoes, and how to harvest them when the time is right.
Organic lawn care starts with the basics: mowing and watering properly, feeding the soil, and observing the state of your lawn. This article provides the basics of caring for an organic lawn.
Has the surface of your seed starting mix started turning green? Here's what causes it, and how it will affect your seedlings.
Growing organic lettuce is rewarding, and can be done in a traditional garden or in containers. This article tells you everything you need to do to grow organic lettuce.
An explanation of what bokashi is and how it is used.
There are a few tricks to success in growing carrots in your garden, and this article will tell you everything you need to know.
Swiss chard is a delicious, versatile vegetable, and it's also easy to grow. Here's what you need to know to grow your own organic Swiss chard.
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What are the best items to add to a lasagna garden?
Here's all you need to know to grow organic beans, from how to start from seed to how to support and fertilize them.
Chamomile tea is an effective tool if you've had problems with seedlings dying due to damping off. Here is a recipe along with instructions for how often to apply the tea.
Here are some of the most common pests in the vegetable garden, and what you can do to get rid of them organically.
Jicama is a somewhat exotic vegetable with a crispy texture and great flavor. Here's how to grow your own.
Verticillium wilt is a common disease that affects tomato plants. Here's how to identify it, as well as how to prevent it in the first place.
Jerusalem artichokes, or sunchokes, are delicious, potato-like root vegetables. They are easy to grow, but come with their own unique set of challenges. Here's what you need to know to grow your own Jerusalem artichokes.
How to grow organic spinach, including planting instructions, pest and disease control, and care tips.
Here are a few ideas for storing your kitchen scraps until you're ready to add them to the compost. Whether aesthetics or price is your main concern, there is an option here that will work for you.
It can be a little alarming to open your worm bin and see your worms poised just inside the lid, looking for an escape route. Or, worse, you head to the bin and see dead worms around the bin--escapees that didn't get very far. Here's why they try to escape, and what you can do to keep your worms in their vermicompost bin.
Here are complete instructions for starting seeds indoors for annuals, vegetables, and herbs.
If you've noticed an unsightly fungus growing in your mulch or raised beds, here's what it is and how to deal with it.
Grow your favorite zinnia varieties year after year. It's easy to save your own zinnia seeds. Here's how to do it.
Wondering what to plant in that shady spot in your garden? Here are a few suggestions to add color and drama to your shade garden.
What are the benefits of composting in your garden? There are several, both in terms of garden health and reducing the amount of waste we produce.
Potatoes are a great crop to grow in the home vegetable garden. Here is a comprehensive guide to growing organic potatoes. Page 2.
This article will explain which signs to look for when buying plants.
If you garden in raised beds constructed from wood frames, this tip will work beautifully to keep slugs out of your garden.
Figs are a delicious fruit to grow in your garden. In many places, you can grow them as large trees, but in colder regions, they can be grown in containers and brought in for the winter. It's easy to grow these sweet treats organically. Here's how to do it.
Here's what to do when your worm bin is too wet. Too much moisture in a worm bin is caused by several factors, from the types of food you put in to how much bedding you have provided your worms. Moisture problems are an easy fix. Here's how to deal with a wet worm bin.
How to identify cucumber beetles in your garden, and organic solutions for getting rid of them.
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Here's everything you need to know to grow healthy, delicious organic cucumbers in your garden.
Are you wondering which types of natural fertilizers will work best in your organic garden? Here are some of the most common natural fertilizers.
Here are suggestions (as well as descriptions) for early-season tomatoes to plant in your garden, so you can enjoy tomatoes as quickly as possible!
Here is how to tell when your zucchini is ready to harvest, as well as the easiest way to harvest zucchini.
If you're looking for something to grow after your spinach has bolted, these three delicious greens are worth a try. And here's a bonus: they're slow to bolt, even in the hottest weather.
Here are instructions for making a simple, inexpensive self-watering container.
How to grow sunflowers, including planting from seed, plant care, organic control of sunflower pests and diseases, and recommended varieties.
Information about growing organic raspberries in your garden.
The difference between hardneck and softneck garlic, and which type you should plant in your garden.
Blossom end rot is a condition that most commonly affects tomatoes, but can also affect eggplants, peppers, squashes, and melons. Here's what you need to know about blossom end rot and how to prevent it.
Fiddlehead ferns are a spring delicacy that you can easily grow in your own garden. Here's how to do it.
Raspberries are fairly pest-free plants, but there are a few insects that can damage your plants, specifically borers, which can kill your plant within a couple of years. Here's how to identify these pests, and how to solve the problem organically.
Here are some simple, organic methods for getting rid of weeds in sidewalks, driveways, patios, and between pavers.
If you live in an older home or industrial area, you may have lead or zinc in your soil. You can still garden, but it is very important to do a few things to keep yourself and your family safe.
If you have an heirloom cucumber variety that you absolutely love growing, saving seeds from it is a fairly straightforward process. Here's how to do it!