Organic and Sustainable

Worm Composting 101

Most of us know that composting benefits both our gardens and the environment. After all, we’re turning food scraps into soil nutrients instead of clogging landfills. But what if you could produce compost that’s even more nutrient-rich to grow lush, productive plants—with minimal effort, space, and expense—and enjoy your own “pets” at the same time?

Organic Gardening for Beginners

Growing an organic garden is easier than you might think. Just follow the tips we’ve put together in this “organic gardening for beginners” guide and you’ll soon be on your way to a delicious harvest.

Natural Weeding Techniques

Got too many weeds competing with your garden or fostering problem insects? Tackle them — and keep your garden chemical-free — with these natural weeding techniques.

9 Essential Practices for Organic Gardeners

Work compost into soil to increase soil’s ability to retain water and nutrients. Compost also supports beneficial soil microbes that help spur healthy plant growth. Avoid planting large blocks of the same crop, which offers an easy target for pests. Protect soil from compaction with wide rows or raised planting beds. Permanent footpaths also prevent… Read more »

Partner with Nature

Most organic gardeners don’t try to eliminate pests entirely, but instead aim to keep pest populations below damaging levels. By doing this, they’re able to attract natural predators, which help kill pests. Predators include: spiders beneficial insects, such as ladybug, green lacewing, praying mantis, and certain wasps birds toads lizards certain snakes It’s worth the… Read more »

How to Prevent and Solve Problems Organically

Because organic gardeners usually want to avoid using pesticides of any type, they grow plants in ways that help prevent pests and diseases from gaining a foothold. These techniques work in any garden—organic or not. Right plant, right place. Give plants the most ideal conditions possible, and they’ll grow healthy and strong—and better able to… Read more »

Feeding the Soil Feeds Your Plants

Organic gardening is dynamic, with few hard and fast rules. But one “rule” in organic practice is to feed soil. Soil is the basis of everything you grow in your garden. If the soil isn’t healthy, the plants won’t be, either. In an organic system, feeding the soil is a primary way to help nourish… Read more »

Organic and Sustainable Gardening 101

Most people think organic gardening is about growing plants without using synthetic pesticides or fertilizers. That’s just one aspect of it. Organic gardening is about trying to work in harmony with nature to cultivate an ecosystem where beneficial insects, natural predators, and soil microbes flourish alongside plants to encourage balance and health in the garden…. Read more »

How to Create Habitat for Beneficial Insects

Beneficial insects can be more than a happy accident in your yard. By taking active steps to create an insect-friendly habitat, you can encourage beneficials to take up residence in your landscape. When you cultivate a garden that supports and sustains beneficial insects, you’re partnering with nature in your pest control efforts. It’s green gardening… Read more »

Get to Know Predatory Beneficial Insects

When you discover insects on your plants, don’t reach for a pesticide until you know what you’re facing: beneficial insect or true pest. Learn to identify common predatory beneficials, and you’ll know which insects to battle—and which to coddle. Look out for these predatory beneficials: Ladybug Also called lady beetles or ladybird beetles, these familiar… Read more »

Organic Mulch: A Gardener’s Good Friend

Organic mulch covers the ground, acting like a tidy, beneficial blanket in your veggie garden — call it the Silent Gardener. Common types include compost, pine needles, fine bark, and wheat straw, among others (see list below). Mulch does many things: 1. Mulch Gets Plants Through Weather Extremes. During dry spells, mulch can save plants…. Read more »