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Gardening in Fall: What We Grow in October

by guest blogger Tim Mountz. Most people are shocked to find out that someone whose nickname is Timato loves October and fall so much. But fall is such a great time to be in the garden, with its bounty of produce, the return of much-needed rain, and the disappearance of bugs and weeds. Everything seems to slow down and say, “Go ahead, grow what you want; we’re done.”

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Why Organic?

by guest blogger Coach Mark Smallwood. The latest media buzz over the Stanford study is a bit of a non-event here at the Rodale Institute. The study asks the question, “Are Organic Foods Safer or Healthier than Conventional Alternatives?” It is a good question, one that many citizens. But, the fact is the researchers didn’t really answer it.

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Help Honey Bees Survive This Winter

By guest blogger Heather Mattila. Honeybees are far and away the most important pollinator in today’s agricultural landscape. They pollinate more than 400 crops worldwide, help to create about a third of the food we eat, and contribute an estimated $12 billion to our nation’s food supply. But where do they go in winter? The answer might surprise you!

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6 Easy-to-Grow Plants That Heal

by guest blogger Isaac Eliaz. As an integrative physician, I rely on herbs and botanicals to help promote optimal health. Medicinal herbs have evolved to provide a variety of beneficial natural compounds, such as antioxidants and phytonutrients, which support good health in numerous complex ways. In fact, many traditional herbalists insist that our best medicine can be found growing closest to us, fresh and in season.

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Top 8 Tips for Saving Water Outdoors

by guest bloggers from the EPA’s WaterSense program. This summer’s heat wave is expected to result in a serious spike in the amount of water being used outdoors. And if steps aren’t taken to make water use more efficient, communities will face major challenges managing droughts and depletion of freshwater resources. Here are the top 8 tips to save water this summer:

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16 Ways to Enjoy Your Summer Garden

I enjoy gardening, but I love enjoying my garden. And the trick to summer gardening is to be able to spend more time enjoying it and less time sweating over it. That’s why I wrote my new ebook: Maria Rodale’s Organic Gardening Secrets: Summer. I want to make your summer gardening so easy that you actually have time to enjoy it.

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Milkweeds and Monarchs

Once, a few years ago, I saw these incredible flowers—kind of like giant mauve disco-ball chandeliers. When I inquired, I was told they were an incredibly invasive species of weed known as milkweed. I decided right then and there that I had to have some.

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7 Ways to Care for Summer Chickens

by guest blogger Jean Nick. If you bought chicks in the spring they are about half grown by now, and they’re big enough and well feathered enough to spend their days in a run and their nights outside in a secure building or pen. Here’s how to make sure they grow to be happy layers.

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