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Organic Gardening: Most Popular Articles

These articles are the most popular over the last month.
Homemade, All-Natural Ways to Fight Aphids
These two homemade organic sprays have a proven track record of effectiveness when it comes to getting rid of aphids.
10 Vegetables You Can Grow in the Shade
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.
Why Compost in Trenches? 3 Reasons Plus Tips
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.
5 Ways to Reuse Coffee Grounds in Your Organic...
Coffee grounds are a valuable addition to compost and garden soil. Here are a few ideas for using coffee grounds in your garden.
Make Your Own Compost Bin in 30 Minutes
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.
Easy Organic Gardening Method You Have to Try
Lasagna gardens are no-dig, no-till gardens that are created by layering organic materials wherever you want to make a new garden. Also called
4 Easy Soil Tests You Can Perform Yourself
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.
Are Your Garden Plants Suffering? You Might...
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.
How to Start Your Own Organic Vegetable Garden
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.
How to Make a Composter from a Trash Can
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.
How to Grow Sprouts in a Jar
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.
Don't Just Throw Them Away!
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.
How to Grow Your Own Microgreens
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.
50 Items to Add to Your Compost
If you're wondering which common household items are good for the compost bin, this article is full of ideas for you.
Best and Worst Companion Plants for Garlic
What are the best companion plants for garlic? And what should you avoid planting near garlic in the garden?
Poor Soil? Check Out This Gardening Technique
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.
A Gardener's Guide to Understanding and...
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.
Make and Use Leaf Mold: Free, Easy, and Good...
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.
Stop Powdery Mildew in Your Garden with These...
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.
The Right Way to Prune Your Tomato Plants
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.
Composting 101 - How to Make Compost
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.
How to Grow and Harvest Garlic
Planting organic garlic in your garden is easy. Find out all you can about growing and storing garlic properly.
Are Aphids Eating Your Garden? Here Are Simple...
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.
How to Protect Bulbs from Squirrels
If squirrels are digging up your tulips as quickly as you plant them, here are some ideas for you to protect bulbs from squirrels.
Control Powdery Mildew with This Homemade Spray
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.
Common Strawberry Insect Pests and How to...
Here are some of the most common insect pests that cause damage to straberry plants, and how to control them organically.
How to Grow Strawberries ... Without a Garden!
Strawberries adapt very well to container growing. This article explains how to plant and grow organic strawberries in a strawberry pot.
What is a node?
Definition of node as it relates to plants.
Healthy Soil, and How to Make It
What exactly qualifies as healthy soil
How to Improve Acidic Soil in Your Garden
If you're dealing with acidic soil in your garden, here's how to improve it by increasing the pH level using organic methods.
Vermicomposting: How to Set Up a Worm Bin
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.
Definition of N-P-K. Organic Gardening.
How to Make an Inexpensive Worm Bin from...
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.
You Can Grow Your Own Organic Tomatoes Even if...
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.
How Deeply to Plant Garlic
How deeply should you plant garlic in your garden? Here's the answer!
Keep Rats Out of Your Compost! 5 Must-Know Tips
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.
Identifying and Controlling Dog Vomit Fungus
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.
11 Plants You Should Grow with Tomatoes
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.
Can’t Determine Between Determinate and...
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.
10 Tips for Great Raised-Bed Gardening
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.
Plan Your Growing Season with the Frost Dates...
This table shows, at a glance, what the first and last frost dates are for each USDA hardiness zone.
Guide to Raised Bed Gardening
With raised garden beds, you can grow your vegetables and flowers easily. Here are things that you should consider if you want to start using this gardening technique.
Easy Composting - The Dig and Drop Method
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.
How to Store Root Vegetables So They Stay Fresh...
A bountiful harvest is a wonderful thing, but how do you store your excess root veggies so they don't go bad? Here are some tips for the best way to store carrots, beets, parsnips and other popular root vegetables.
Hot Composting How-To
If you want more compost in less time, here's how to do what is commonly called
Companion Plants for Cucumbers
Here are plants that are good companions for cucumbers in your garden - as well as those that you should avoid planting near cucumbers.
How to Save Zinnia Seeds
Grow your favorite zinnia varieties year after year. It's easy to save your own zinnia seeds. Here's how to do it.
Why are my worms trying to escape from my...
It can be a little alarming to open your vermicompost 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.
Why Do Tomatoes Split?
Learn about what causes tomatoes to split, and what you can do to try to prevent splitting and cracking tomatoes in your garden.
Companion Plants for Potatoes
Here are the best plants to grow with potatoes in your garden (as well as those to avoid.)
How To Make a Simple Compost Bin with Wire...
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.
What is Manure Tea? And How Do I Use it in My...
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.
Home Composting Methods
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.
Can I Compost Cat or Dog Waste?
If you have a dog or cat, and you are doing your best to reduce the amount of waste your household produces, you may be wondering if you can compost dog or cat waste. The answer is a qualified
How to Start Your Own Organic Garden
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.
Protecting Your Berries from the Birds
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
All-Natural Fertilizers for Your Organic 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.
How to Grow Organic Sweet Potatoes in Your Garden
Complete instructions for growing your own organic sweet potatoes, from planting to pest and disease control.
8 Weeks or Less to Homegrown Foods With These...
These vegetables will all be harvestable within 8 weeks of planting! Sow a few seeds every other week for a continual stream of fresh produce.
Companion Plants for Beans
Here are the best companion plants for beans, as well as which plants to avoid planting near your beans.
How to Grow Organic Figs
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.
Definition of interplanting, or intercropping.
How to Grow Butterfly Weed in Your Garden
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.
Identifying and Controlling Cabbage Worms
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.
How To Bring Annuals Indoors to Overwinter
Tips for overwintering annual flowering plants indoors, either by digging up the entire plant, or taking cuttings to grow for next year.
10 Tools Every Gardener Needs
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.
Composting Weeds
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.
How to Winter Sow
Winter sowing is an easy seed starting method: No lights, no cell packs or peat pellets. It takes its cues from Mother Nature, and saves the gardener a lot of effort in the process.
Preventing and Controlling Black Spot
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.
How to Save Lettuce Seeds from Your Garden
Learn how to save seeds from your favorite heirloom lettuces! It's easy, and you'll save money and never run out of seeds of your favorite varieties.
Which items are "greens" and which are "browns"...
Whenever the subject of composting comes up, the typical advice is to mix greens - material rich in nitrogen or protein - and browns - carb-rich material that feeds the microorganisms in the pile.
What Is the Difference Between Hardneck and...
The difference between hardneck and softneck garlic, and which type you should plant in your garden.
What is making my compost pile stink, and how...
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.
How to Grow Organic Potatoes - Growing Organic...
Potatoes are a great crop to grow in the home vegetable garden. Here is a comprehensive guide to growing organic potatoes.
Planting Spring Flowering Bulbs: Correct...
Here is a quick reference for how to know how deeply to plant most spring flowering bulbs, including tulips, daffodils, and alliums.
Permaculture - Getting Started
Dreaming to have a permaculture garden? You can get started easily and here are some things that you should know first.
Save Your Worms from Drowning
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.
10 Great Sources for Organic Seeds
If you are looking for a good source for organic vegetable, herb, or flower seeds, this list is full of good options.
Tomato Diseases and Treatment - Taking Care of...
Tomatoes in your garden are a must but they are vulnerable to diseases. Learn how to identify tomato problems and how to treat and prevent them.
Diatomaceous Earth
Diatomaceous earth is an effective organic control for snails, slugs, flea bettles, and several other garden pests.
Open Pollinated, Self Pollinated, Heirloom, and...
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.
Tips for Indoor Composting
If you don't have a lot of space to compost, or are interested in composting indoors, here are some tips for how to do so successfully.
Mulch for Weed Control and Soil Health
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.
How to Harvest Potatoes
Information about how to tell when the time is right to harvest your potatoes, and how to harvest them when the time is right.
Frost Protection for Tomatoes, Peppers, and...
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.
Companion Plants for Roses
Here is a list of herbs, annuals, and perennials that make good companion plants for roses.
Things You Need to Know About Square Foot...
Learn how to plant and grow your home garden the easy way and clever way. Square food gardening is a practical approach to growing food and here are the things that you should know about it.
Complete Guide to Growing Organic Tomatoes
Learn how to grow the best organic tomatoes, from selecting the tastiest varieties to how to handle common pest and disease problems.
How to Make an Inexpensive Bokashi Bucket
It's easy to make your own Bokashi composting bin. All you need are two plastic buckets and a drill. Here's how!
How to Grow Organic Tomatoes Indoors
Interested in growing a tomato plant indoors? Here's what you need to know!
What are Worm Beds and How Do I Make One?
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.
An explanation of what bokashi is and how it is used.
Companion Plants for Zucchini and Summer Squash
Here is a list of the best plant to combine with zucchini in your garden.
How to Grow Organic Beets
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.
Your Guide to Growing Eggplant from Seed
Instructions for when and how to start eggplant from seed indoors.
Complete Guide to Growing Organic Garlic
Here's everything you need to know to grow your own delicious organic garlic, including selecting the right type for your region, how to plant, and when to harvest.
How to Grow Dandelion Greens
If you love dandelion greens, it might be a good idea to plant some in your vegetable garden. Here's how to do it!
The Benefits of Composting
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.
Organic Herbs and Veggies to Plant in August
Here is a regional list of which vegetables and herbs you can plant in your garden in August.
Your Guide to Growing Organic Strawberries
Strawberries are a delectable summertime treat, but if you purchase this
Top Edible Plants for Your Winter Garden
Even though the temperature drops during winter, there are plants and flowers that flourish. Take a look at these plants with winter interest.
How to Grow Organic Jerusalem Artichokes
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.
Tomato Hornworms
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.
How to Grow Garden Herbs Indoors Over the Winter
Wondering how you can keep growing your favorite tender herbs indoors during the winter? Here are some tips for bringing your favorite herbs indoors from your garden.
How to Save Beans to Plant in Next Year's Garden
Saving beans from this year's garden to plant next year is quite simple, as long as you get your timing right and follow a few basic steps. Here's how to do it.
The Best Companion Plants for Garden Peas
Here is a list of the best companion plants for garden peas, as well as what to avoid planting nearby.
How to Grow Your Own Tasty, Organic Cucumbers
Here is everything you need to help you grow delicious, nutritious fresh cucumbers in your garden -- without the use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers.
Five Easy Garden Vegetables
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.
How to Tell How Deeply Seeds Should Be Planted
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.
Saving and Storing Kitchen Scraps for Composting
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.
Bindweed: Controlling Bindweed
Bindweed is a vining weed with morning glory-like flowers. This article will tell you how to get rid of bindweed without using chemicals.
Vegetables to Plant in September
Wondering what, if anything, you can plant in your vegetable garden in September? Here's a regional list of which crops you can plant now.
Fish Emulsion
Fish emulsion is an organic fertilizer. It is a liquid fertilizer made from byproducts of the fish oil and fish meal industry.
How to Grow Organic Asparagus in Your Garden
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.
How to Grow Organic Fiddlehead Ferns
Fiddlehead ferns are a spring delicacy that you can easily grow in your own garden. Here's how to do it.
How to Make Vermicompost Tea
An explanation of what vermicompost tea is and how to use it in your garden, as well as two easy methods of brewing vermicompost tea.
Perfect Companions for Broccoli
Here is a list of companion plants for broccoli, as well as those you should avoid planting near broccoli in your garden.
Identifying and Controlling Blossom End Rot
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.
How and When to Prune Lilacs
Wondering when and how to prune the lilacs in your garden? Here's what you need to know.
How to Grow Organic Blueberries in Your Garden
Here's what you need to know to grow your own delicious, nutritious, organic blueberries.
How to Start a Lasagna Garden
Lasagna garden is an easy way to grow a vegetable garden that needs no digging, tilling and it's weed free. And fall is the perfect time to start making one.
Care Tips When Puring in Fall
Pruning at the right time will help your plants and shrubs to grow healthy. Here are the things that you should remember when pruning.
How to Set Up and Care for a Worm Bin
Here's what you need to know to set up and care for your own little herd of vermicomposting worms.
Garden Book Review: The New Organic Grower
Publisher's Site Some home gardeners pass up Eliot Coleman's The New Organic Grower because it seems
How to Grow Organic Jicama
Jicama is a somewhat exotic vegetable with a crispy texture and great flavor. Here's how to grow your own.
How to Save Bean Seeds from Your Garden
Beans are among the easiest plants to save seeds from in your garden. With the right timing and a bit of organization, you can keep growing your favorite bean varieties year after year...for free!
Ten Easy Vegetables to Direct Sow in Your Garden
Here are ten easy vegetables to grow from seed in the garden.
Top 10 Edible Plants in Hanging Baskets
If you don't have a room in your home, you can still garden is small spaces with hanging baskets. Check out these plants that thrive in baskets.
How to Harvest Zucchini
Here is how to tell when your zucchini is ready to harvest, as well as the easiest way to harvest zucchini.
How to Grow a Great Lasagna Garden
What are the best items to add to a lasagna garden?
Spotty Tomato Leaves
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.
How and When to Harvest Cucumbers
Here are some quick tips about how to tell when your cucumbers are ready to harvest, as well as the best way to harvest them.
Learning More About Hardiness Zones
There are a lot of factors that influence plants to grow in certain areas. Learn more about hardiness zones to help your plants to thrive healthily in your location.
Saving Tomato Seeds
Here are step-by-step instructions, complete with photos, for saving tomato seeds. It's a simple process, and one that enables you to keep growing your favorite tomatoes year after year.
Everything You Need to Know to Grow Organic...
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.
Growing Organic Lettuce - The Complete Guide
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.
You Don't Have to Prune Tomato Plants
In all of the advice about how to prune tomato plants, it seems to be a given that you MUST prune them. The good news, for those of us who'd rather not bother, is that you really don't have to! Here's an explanation.
Why Starting Your Plants from Seed is a Fun and...
Here is a list of everything you will need to successfully start plants from seed indoors.
How to Grow Sunflowers in Your Garden
How to grow sunflowers, including planting from seed, plant care, organic control of sunflower pests and diseases, and recommended varieties.
Common Vegetable Garden Pests and How to Get...
Here are some of the most common pests in the vegetable garden, and what you can do to get rid of them organically.
Garden Planning - Things to Take Into Account
The key to growing a fresh and healthy produce is a good and careful garden planning. Here are some things to consider.
How do I get rid of fruit flies in my worm bin?
One of the most common issues people have with their vermicompost bins is dealing with fruit flies. Here is how to prevent the problem in the first place.
How to Grow Zucchini and Summer Squash in Your...
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.
How to Grow Organic Carrots
There are a few tricks to success in growing carrots in your garden, and this article will tell you everything you need to know.
How to Grow Organic Onions
Here's what you need to know to grow organic onions in your own garden.
Feeding Your Vermicomposting Worms: Which Foods...
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.
How to Make a New Garden Bed - The Newspaper...
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 to Grow Organic Ground Cherries in Your...
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.
Herbs and Vegetables to Plant in July
Here is a handy list of those veggies and herbs you can plant during the month of July, either from seeds or transplants.
The Perfect Soil-Less Recipe for Seed Starting
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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