Organic Gardening - Principles and Techniques
What is Organic Gardening?
What does it mean to have an organic garden? Does organic gardening mean you have to put up with insects eating your plants or unattractive flower beds? Actually, organic gardening just means trying to working with nature and to replenish as you deplete resources. Here are some basics...
Organic Gardening Essentials
Tips for getting started with an organic garden and tricks for using organics.
Greener Gardening - Top 5 Easy Ways to Garden Greener
Green gardening is a confusing term. Gardeners talk about their love of nature, but in reality what we’re doing is manipulating nature and short of growing a field of weeds, it will remain so. So the easiest way to garden greener is to work more cooperatively with nature. Here are 5 easy steps to make your garden greener.
IPM - Integrated Pest Management
Integrated pest management (IPM) can be used for controlling garden pests and diseases in the vegetable garden. Controlling vegetable garden pests and problems is a process that blends with the flow of the seasons in a vegetable garden. Garden pests and problems come and go. What gardeners need to keep in mind about IPM is:
Hybrid , Heirloom, Open Pollinated and GMO
Seed labeling can seem cryptic, but it needn't be so difficult. Here's a simple explanation of what's what, to help you find what you're looking for.
Soil - How to Improve Your Soil
To garden organically, you need to focus on your soil. Most garden soils will need some amending to become rich enough to grow healthy plants. Here's how to judge and improve your soil.
Interplanting Flowers and Vegetables
Mixing vegetables, flowers and herbs is a great way to encourage beneficial insects, bees and other pollinators and to control insect pests.
Soil - Why it Matters
Soil is often viewed as the boring part of gardening. While garden soil will never be glamourous or even as interesting as choosing plants, there is a whole world under our Wellingtons that literally and figuratively is the foundation for our gardens. New gardeners are cautioned to put money and effort into improving their soil before they...
Phenology - When to Plant What
How do you know when to plant? If you let nature tell you when itÃ¢Â€Â™s safe to plant, youÃ¢Â€Â™re probably on the right track. Nature sends certain signals that let gardeners know how the weather and climate are progressing. ThereÃ¢Â€Â™s a science devoted to this, called phenology. For instance, plant your peas when the forsythia blooms. ...
Mulch and Soil Amendments - How Will You Need?
Knowing how much mulch or amendment to purchase for your garden is always a bit of a guess, but you can make it an educated one by using a couple of easy measurements and calculations. Here's how to know how many bags, pounds or cubic yards of mulch will actually give you 3inches of coverage.
Manure - Tips for Using It Safely in the Vegetable Garden
Manure can be used to improve soil in the vegetable garden, but follow these precautions when handling fresh or composted manure.