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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…it’s my happy place.” Richie, who grows her own impressive [...]

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The Conflict of (Garden) Blogging or Will I Live to Regret This?

Today, I’m going to do something that would get me “slapped upside of the head” by anyone teaching a class on blogging. Let me explain. I’m not the most accomplished blogger around. I like gardening, and I like sharing information, but I really, really don’t “know it all.”  There are many “tricks” and “secrets” of [...]

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Not So Famous Gardeners: The Lessons of Aldo Leopold

All things considered, say compared to movie stars or politicians, there aren’t a lot of what you would call famous gardeners. And one gardener we should all be aware of probably doesn’t even fall into that category. I’m talking about Aldo Leopold. Have you ever heard of him? Well, as you’ll read about in Organic [...]

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Organic Gardeners Sharing the Wealth

Gardeners — and maybe especially organic gardeners — love to share. The perfect tomato. A recipe for compost. The latest news on pesticides. As more and more people become concerned about the source (and composition)  of their food, I read more and more news articles about exceptional gardeners who have gone beyond giving the odd [...]

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Organic Gardener: James Cameron and Biodynamic Gardening

It’s sometimes interesting to me to see what people with “resources” (i.e., lots of money) do in their private lives. I’m not talking about whom they date or what they wear, but more about how they spend their free time or what causes they embrace.  Not long ago, Mother Earth News had an article by [...]

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Richard Reynolds’ Gardening Story

The British Gardening Against the Odds awards are given each year to individuals and community groups who have gardened under circumstances that include  impossible places, physical disabilities, health or social odds, and psychological or mental problems. Guerrilla gardener Richard Reynolds  was asked to help judge the awards because he “had battled against the neglect of [...]

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Organic Gardeners: Sad News

Food writer, organic gardener, and co-author of The 3,000 Mile Garden: An Exchange of Letters Between Two Eccentric Gourmet Gardeners, Leslie Land has died of complications of breast cancer. Ms. Land is probably best remembered for her  syndicated newspaper column “Good Food,” which she wrote for 20 years. She also wrote over 500 articles, including [...]

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How Are Things in Tomato Land?

If I had to guess the most popular plant for a home vegetable gardener, it would have be — big surprise — the tomato. I grew up hating tomatoes so it took me a while to catch on to liking to eat them. But I never had to learn how to like to grow tomatoes. [...]

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Seed Saving in the City

You hear a lot about seed saving these days. Maybe it’s in reaction to those Big Companies that have taken control of a lot of the seed market with their patents and so forth. Or maybe it’s just that gardeners tend to be self-reliant and want to maintain their own control or preserve some of [...]

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Books for Organic Gardeners

A post or so ago, I had some recommendations for gifts for organic gardeners. Today I came across someone else’s  recommendations for books for organic gardeners and thought it might be helpful. Books for Organic Gardeners There are lots of books available for homesteaders and organic gardeners that give great tips and techniques on increasing [...]

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