Organic Gardening

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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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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