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Organic Gardening

Articles about organic pest and weed control, season extension, tools of the trade, and more.

Observations and Orientation

By Elizabeth Stone

Learning to observe is essential in planning a permaculture garden.


Rediscovering Heirloom Dahlias

By William Woys Weaver

Drawn to the rich colors of the Victorian flower varieties, this heirloom gardener is carefully breeding and recreating forgotten heirloom dahlias.


Heirloom Expert: Outsmart the Deer in Your Garden

By Doug Oster

There’s no question that deer love to munch on certain blossoms. How can you keep them from their favorite snack without giving up growing those plants?


Heirloom Expert: Know Your Soil’s pH

By Doug Oster

If you struggle growing particular veggies in your garden, try getting a soil test to make sure your patch of earth has a level pH balance.


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Heirloom Expert: Best Plants for Garden Shade

By Doug Oster

Want to know what to do with that extra garden space, under the trees where nothing seems to grow? Doug Oster has some suggestions.


The Next Step for Seed Savers

By Ken Greene

Now that you’ve saved your heirloom seeds, it is time to start a seed library to share with other seed savers.


Lost & Found Squash Varieties

By William Woys Weaver

Follow the story of a chance encounter that led to the rediscovery of a heirloom squash variety: the Nanticoke Maycock.


Zucchini Baby

By Saskia Esslinger

What do you do with thirteen pounds of zucchini, including one as big as a baby?



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