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Organic Gardening

Why You Should Never Drink from a Garden Hose

by Emily Main Summertime is just around the corner, which means days outside gardening, running through the sprinkler, and a nice cold drink of water from…not your garden hose. At least not if you have a conventional hose and don’t want to choke down a cocktail of heavy metals and plasticizers, according to a 2103 […]

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The Easy Way You Can Help Save the Monarchs

by guest blogger Claudia Allen, avid amateur gardener Since 1990, more than 90 percent of monarch butterflies have disappeared. The good news: you can help. With their distinctive orange, black, and white markings, monarchs are the one butterfly most of us can identify. So familiar, in fact, that we might take them for granted. But […]

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Spring Greens after a Long Winter

The spring greens are coming in! This past weekend, I had fiddlehead ferns in Maine. And the weekend before that, I made my first salad from my garden here in Pennsylvania, pinching off a few tiny leaves and herbs from each plant. Oh, the flavor! Fresh basil and parsley! The tenderest greens, and they would […]

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Maria’s 5 Favorites: Gardening Fever!

Thank goodness spring is finally in full swing! The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and the garden is calling. The sunshine had given me a real case of garden fever this week. I can’t wait to finally dig into the organic soil again and to sit back and enjoy the beauty of my […]

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How to Grow Broccoli

by the editors at Rodale’s Organic Life Broccoli is a great choice for a home garden. Freshly cut broccoli heads are rich in vitamins and minerals. They’re delicious raw in salads or lightly steamed and they freeze well. If you choose a variety such as DiCicco or Waltham that produces plentiful side shoots, you can […]

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8 Herbs and Veggies You Can Regrow from Kitchen Scraps

by Shelbi Stoneback, associate director of customer experience at Rodale Did you know that you only need a jar and some water to get start growing more food from your very own kitchen scraps that you might otherwise toss? When I told a coworker about this story, her response was, “Wait—that’s like free food!” And […]

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8 Fun Ways to Celebrate Spring

by Maria Luci, editor at Maria’s Farm Country Kitchen and Rodale’s Spring is here! I repeat—spring is here! This is not a drill! The official start of spring has arrived, and we’re so excited. What’s not to love about sloughing off of the extra layers and enjoying more hours of sunshine? Plus, with spring’s arrival […]

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Gardener’s March To-Do List

by the editors at Rodale’s Organic Life Here’s your March gardening guide for North America’s USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 3-10. If you don’t know what zone you live in, check the map here to find out. We’ve left off zones 1–2 (far-north Alaska) and zones 11–13 (small section of the Florida Keys, the Pacific coast between L.A. and […]

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