Organic Gardening

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

Types of Seeds: Heirloom, Hybrid, and Open-Pollinated

By Christy Marsden, Seed Savers Exchange

To save seeds that are healthy, vigorous, and true-to-form, it’s important to understand the different seed types available in today’s market.

What’s in a Name? Understanding Botanical Nomenclature

By Oscar H. Will III

We’re introducing the first installment of the Herbarium department, where we’ll explain scientific names of plants and other common botanical terms, such as cultivar vs. variety, to help gardeners better navigate seed catalogs.

Fall 2016 Gardener’s Almanac

By the Heirloom Gardener Editors

Mark your calendars; here are the dates that gardeners and naturalists alike won’t want to miss for fall 2016.

Heirloom Expert: How to Cure a Gardener’s Cabin Fever

By Doug Oster

Do you ever get a little stir crazy with cabin fever while waiting to get back in the garden? There are some ways to get in the gardening spirit in winter.


Heirloom Expert: How to Start Winter Seeding

By Doug Oster

Want to get a head start on your spring gardening and help best prepare your soil to produce the best vegetables.

Winter is for the Birds

By Gwen Kilchherr

Leave those seed heads on your flowers and enjoy watching the birds of the winter season feast.

Growing Food in a Hotter Drier Land

By Gary Paul Nabhan

Strategies for gardening in the midst of climate change and in the resulting harsher heat.

Harvesting Rambutans

By Lindsay Gasik

Red, tentacled rambutans are a huge part of Australia’s agricultural industry.

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