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Root Microbiomes Encourage Drought Resistance in Crop Plants

By Lydia Noyes

Certain plant species appear to recruit bacteria that help them resist the ill effects of drought conditions.

In-Field Wildflower Strips Support Beneficial Insects

By Lydia Noyes

Devoting a small percentage of crop land to wildflower strips provides support for the full life cycle of beneficial insects.

Chemical Fungicides Attract Bees

By Lydia Noyes

Recent research testing honeybees’ preference for sugar syrup with and without agricultural fungicides shows that the fungicide-laced syrup attracts more bees.

Spring 2018 Farmer’s Almanac

By the Heirloom Gardener Editors

Mark your calendars — here are the dates to remember in spring 2018!


Break Some Rules

By Oscar H. Will III

Heirloom Gardener’s Editor-in-Chief, Hank Will, revisits breaking some rules with the help of his childhood vineyard.

Organic Certification for Hydroponic Systems

By Lydia Noyes

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has ruled that hydroponic and aquaponic products remain eligible for organic certification.

Regenerative Certification: Going Beyond Organic

By Lydia Noyes

The Rodale Institute’s newly drafted Regenerative Organic Certification system promotes soil and environmental health in tandem with organic farming practices.

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