Organic Gardening

How To Stake a Tomato in 5 Easy Steps

I have admired and coveted the staking skills of my friend Pat Corpora for decades. He is Sicilian, so I think his blood is made of tomato sauce. I finally got him to come to my mess of a garden and do a tomato-staking intervention. Watch the video for the full details. But in case […]

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Beth Terry’s Plastic-free
Gardening Adventure, Part 3

Is it possible to garden without plastic? That’s the challenge I’ve set for myself with the help of Rodale.com and Eric Hurlock of OrganicGardening.com.  (See my blog, MyPlasticfreeLife.com, to understand the problems with plastic and get tips for how to live with as little of it as possible.) In Part 1, I described how I […]

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Beth Terry’s Plastic-Free Gardening Adventure, Part 2 + Giveaway

By guest blogger Beth Terry. For Part 1. A few weeks ago, I began my plastic-free gardening project in my tiny Oakland, CA, yard with the help of Rodale.com and Eric Hurlock, of OrganicGardening.com. I built a raised bed with sustainable wood, and filled it with bulk gardening soil that I had delivered without any packaging. […]

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Happy Memorial Day!

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My Top 10 Favorite Flowers

Now that gardening season has returned in full force, it’s time to revel in the glorious abundant beauty of nature (unless, that is, she is thrashing us with her rages). One of my favorite things about the spring-and-summer season is flowers.  So I’ve made a list of my favorites, and why I adore them. Peonies: […]

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How Organic Gardening is like Good Business

I was out puttering in my garden this morning, planting a few new perennials – (I’m running out of space for planting new things!). My mind was on work, as it is a lot these days. I stood up for a second, and looked out over my now-5-year-old garden, and thought of how far we […]

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5 Crazy Things That Occur When You Raise Backyard Chickens

by Leah Zerbe, an online editor at Rodalenews.com. I lived a pretty dysfunctional farm life growing up. The fields were filled with corn or soy commodity crops, not delicious, nourishing people food. My late grandfather’s pigsty and chicken coop were long-abandoned and falling apart, and no one particularly cared to fix them up. The farm […]

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A Royal Wedding Bouquet

By guest blogger Mark Kintzel The bouquet is an important element in any wedding. Here’s a fast and easy how-to lesson on making an organic flower bouquet fit for any princess. The flowers can be homegrown (as long as their blooming season coincides with your wedding date) or bought (search online for good sources). With […]

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