Gardening Tips: How to Make Your Own Hypertufa

This weekend I’ll be volunteering at a gardening association spring festival. It will have the usual classes and plant sales, crafts and food vendors, and — of course — something having to do with hypertufa. If you haven’t already heard of hypertufa, you’re probably wondering what on earth it could be. (I know I did.) [...]

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Gardening News: School Gardens Growing

Seventeen years ago it was gardening news when the vision of the first schoolyard garden was forming. “Seventeen years ago, Alice Waters was quoted in a local newspaper, claiming that the school she passed every day looked like no one cared about it. Neil Smith, then principal of Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School, contacted [...]

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How You Can Celebrate Earth Day

As I’m sure you’re aware, next Tuesday (April 22) is Earth Day. But what do you know about Earth Day? And, more to the point, what can you do for Earth Day? According to the Earth Day Network, Earth Day started in 1970. The time was something of a high point in reckless consumption and [...]

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Gardening Tips: Get the Lead Out

I’ve posted a lot of gardening tips on keeping your garden organic, but today’s tips are on one of the least organic, most scary substances that could show up in your garden: lead. Yes, lead can show up in the soil of your garden or be carried through the air, and either way, you need [...]

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Gardening Methods: The Four Square Garden

We all want beautiful, healthy, productive gardens, but we all also know that planting the same crops in the same locations year after year isn’t the way to do it. In fact, it’s the opposite. But there is a gardening method that results in a self-sustaining and even self-improving garden: the four square garden. The [...]

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Gardening Tips: The Best of the Best?

As the article cited below says, there are plenty of good resources available for organic gardeners. So, what are some of the best gardening tips among those resources? Going from Good to Great: Gardening Tips to Get Your There In the world of organic gardening, there are plenty of great resources available to both new [...]

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Biochar: The Ancient Soil Enhancement You’ve Never Heard Of

Last Thursday, I attended a gardeners’ meeting at which the speaker talked about biochar. So what is biochar? According to the International Biochar Initiative: Biochar is a solid material obtained from the carbonization of biomass. Biochar may be added to soils with the intention to improve soil functions and to reduce emissions from biomass that [...]

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Plant Profile: Coleus

More and more newbies are joining the ranks of gardeners, so I thought it might be appropriate to share with them some information on a beautiful, inexpensive, easy-to-grow plant perfectly suited to the rookie: the coleus. Here’s what Melody Rose at Dave’s Garden has to say about these spectacular plants.   The Coleus Coleus (Solenostemon [...]

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Gardening Tips: Dealing with Crazy Ants

Since crazy ants live primarily¬† in the Southeast (from Texas across to Florida), most of you don’t have a problem with them. But for those of you who do, today’s post has ten gardening tips on dealing with these little monsters. The red imported fire ant may be a feared pest due to its painful [...]

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Nicole Ritchie: Organic Gardener

Guess who’s the latest celebrity among organic gardeners. Nicole Ritchie. That’s right. Between being a mother and fashionista, dying her hair purple, launching a line of costume jewelry, and just being a celebrity, Nicole Ritchie loves gardening and calls it her “happy place.” “I love gardening‚Ķit’s my happy place.” Richie, who grows her own impressive [...]

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