Organic Gardening

Barefoot in the Garden

Ethne Clarke asked what kind of boots I wear for gardening. Boots? What boots? My favorite thing of all is gardening in bare feet, the soles of my calloused feet directly connects my soul to the warm, wet, highly textured earth…it’s like a whole new 7th sense of summer experienced through my toes, like prehensile […]

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Fresh Local Tomatoes All Year Long

by guest blogger Wendy Gordon “Once you’ve tried fresh tomatoes, you’ll never go back,” Bing Wright tells me.  A neighbor of mine in the Catskill Mountains, where frost in May and September is not unusual, Bing grows tomatoes by the bushel in a 20-by-30-foot vegetable patch. From that small garden, he can harvest and put […]

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How to Dry (and Fry) Cayenne Peppers

Every year I plant one or two cayenne pepper plants and then, one August day, go out and find them exploding with hot, red, dangerously delightful-looking peppers. I pick them all at once, and in a matter of minutes, have them prepared and preserved to last the whole winter, when I know I will need […]

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The First Ever National Heirloom
Exposition, Santa Rosa, California

by guest blogger Annie Spiegelman (a.k.a. the Dirt Diva) It’s estimated that 75 percent of the processed foods in U.S. supermarkets contain genetically engineered (GE) ingredients. This manipulation occurs by taking a specific gene of one species, let’s say a flounder, and inserting it into another, such as a tomato, or inserting a bacterium into […]

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Beth Terry’s Plastic-Free Gardening
Adventure, Part 5

by guest blogger Beth Terry I’ve been dedicated to living a life plastic free, and experimenting this summer with starting up a garden. This post is one of many in a series describing my successes and struggles keeping plastic out of my garden. (If you’re new to this series, check out my first three posts about […]

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Beth Terry’s Plastic-Free Gardening
Adventure, Part 4

by guest blogger Beth Terry Gardening without buying new plastic…it’s hard enough when you know what you’re doing. But for an inexperienced gardener like me, who thought she could just plant some seeds, water them, and watch the veggies grow, this experience is proving to be a real challenge. This month, I’ve been dealing with bugs […]

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Front Lawn Freedom

By Rodale Institute Executive Director, Mark “Coach” Smallwood I’m a sports guy—for 20 years I coached high school basketball, hence the nickname—and I enjoy turf for many reasons. It’s a place to play golf, baseball, football, or soccer, or to just run around and enjoy the great outdoors. If kids and pets play on a […]

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How to Grow Garlic in 5 Easy Steps

If you are married to an Italian (like I am), are Italian yourself, or have any fantasies of being Italian, you probably want to grow garlic. Don’t tell the Italians, but it’s one of the easiest things to grow in your garden.  Recently Pat Corpora, a real 100% Italian born in Sicily, stopped by to […]

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