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Organic Gardening

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

The Fall Garden, Affectionately Known As "Summer Garden, the Sequel"

By Sherry Smith

August is quickly giving way to September, and here on the coast, the rains have come again. The summer crops have been harvested and put up for the winter, and now the time has come to plan for the fall garden.


Heirloom Expert: Growing Heirloom Tomatoes

By Doug Oster

Is there any wrong variety of heirloom tomato to grow in your garden?


Top 10 Things to Know About Growing and Cooking Shell-out Beans

By Heather Cole

I learned about growing and cooking the perfect bean last summer.


The Last Fruit of Summer

By Elizabeth Janoski

Lasting memories of picking blueberries.


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Recreate Your Grandmother’s Garden

By Susan Davis Price

Old-fashioned gardens were sprawling collections of flowers, vines, and herbs that grew large and in abundance. Imagine such a welcoming space in your own garden.


Heirloom Expert: Working Your Soil

By Doug Oster

Here’s how you know whether your soil is ready to be worked, plus some tips to garden through any season.


Heirloom Expert: Avoid Cross-Pollination

By Doug Oster

These tricks and resources can help you keep your heirloom crops from cross-pollinating.


Heirloom Expert: Chestnut Trees

By Doug Oster

One reader wonders how rare chestnut trees can really be since so many are alive and thriving.



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