Yes, Peas! Growing Edible Pod & Tendril Peas
Yes, Peas! Growing Edible Pod & Tendril Peas

The tendriled vines of peas produce delicious pods in cool spring weather, and their roots naturally fortify soil with nitrogen. Once warm weather comes on, they can be pulled and replanted again in late summer for a second crop in fall. Read more...

The High-Protein Vegetable Garden: Beans and Grains
The High-Protein Vegetable Garden: Beans and Grains

Vegetarian and vegan lifestyles have popularized high-protein garden veggies. Growing a good selection of nutritious, protein-packed grains and beans means expanding upon the standard repertoire of veggies. The list may include cool-season legumes, like chickpeas and fava beans, as well as winter grains and warm-season crops, such as edamame and amaranth. Read more

5 Sustainable Ways Your Garden Can Help the Earth
5 Sustainable Ways Your Garden Can Help the Earth

By default, gardens help the Earth by providing vital green space, but there are smart ways to boost a garden’s overall value—environmentally, socially, and economically. Some steps are small. For example, growing your own food organically takes little effort and offers big rewards with fresh, low-cost produce. Composting your own food scraps and fallen leaves reduces landfill waste and results in rich compost for your garden. Similarly, choosing the right garden plants will feed wildlife and make your yard more ecologically sound.

Here are five easy ways to make your garden more sustainable in 2017!

Growing Strawberries with Success
Growing Strawberries with Success

Sometimes old-time gardening advice is the best advice. When I searched for the most complete tips for growing the best strawberries (Fragaria x ananassa), I eventually turned to two of my oldest gardening books–How to Grow Vegetables and Fruits by the Organic Method (J.I. Rodale, 1961) and the Cyclopedia of Horticulture (L.H. Bailey, 1902). Both offer a wealth of information for strawberry growing success. In fact, my new strawberry patch is already producing good fruit! Read full article.

Monarda or "Unsung Beebalms"
Monarda or "Unsung Beebalms"

IN MY alter ego as a superhero promoter of underdog plants, I envision myself donning a mighty green mask and chlorophyll-enriched cape to shine a dazzling spotlight on the lesser-known members of the genus Monarda. Read about these pollinator powerhouses!

8 Garden Fruits and Vegetables for Weight Loss and Health
8 Garden Fruits and Vegetables for Weight Loss and Health

All veggies are naturally low calorie, but a few give an extra boost when it comes to weight loss. Some are extraordinarily filling while others have the perk of containing beneficial compounds that reduce weight loss. Others are natural diuretics that increase water loss and reduce bloating. Broccoli, cucumbers, peppers, and melons are just a few tasty fruits and vegetables that provide an extra weight loss boost. If you grow them using organic methods, you have the added benefit of free fresh food that is natural and pesticide free. Read more.

A to Z Organic Rose Care
A to Z Organic Rose Care

Roses have a bad rap when it comes to pests and diseases—causing ecologically minded gardeners to avoid growing these seemingly needy, unsustainable garden beauties. But this need not be so. With the dawn of more resilient rose varieties and better rose-care products, it is easier than ever to successfully grow roses organically.

Learn to grow beautiful roses organically!

Slow Flowers
Slow Flowers

IN THE COMMERCIAL CUT-FLOWER INDUSTRY, it’s not easy being green. In response, an influx of eco-conscious growers and designers are embracing the so-called Slow Flower Movement—aided by a suite of savvy writers and other advocates furthering their cause. Choose sustainable cut-flower sources!

Saving Heirloom Seeds
Saving Heirloom Seeds

Seed saving is easy, saves money, and ensures that your seeds have come from a reliable source (your garden!). Smart seed saving requires that you (1) allow your seeds to fully mature, (2) clean your seeds properly, (3) store your seeds correctly, and (4) know exactly what you are saving and storing. Step 4 is probably the most essential and least understood. Read more...

Native American Berries
Native American Berries

Edible berries native to North America feed wildlife and offer untamed, flavorful pickings for hikers and roadside harvesters. Native blueberries, gooseberries, raspberries, and others pack a punch of flavor unmatched by garden-variety hybrids—anyone who has tasted a wild blueberry pie knows store-bought berries are no match! Discover native berries suited to your own yard or garden.

Magical Miniature Daffodils
Magical Miniature Daffodils

There’s something about miniature anything that draws kids, and every year my ‘Minnow’, ‘Hawara’, and ‘Baby Moon’ just cry out to be picked by my children. They make the prettiest fairy bouquets and are easy-as-pie to grow, so this bulb-planting season I plan to expand upon my mini daffy plantings. These cute miniature daffodils are easy to grow and oh so sweet.

Big, Bold Tropical Plants for the Summer Garden
Big, Bold Tropical Plants for the Summer Garden

Big, bold, tropical plants look amazing in summer gardens and large containers, and they drink up the summer heat and humidity. So often ornamental bananas, exotic elephant ears, upright sanserverias, strappy cordyline, and colorful croton are grown only indoors or way down South, but they will thrive any place that’s steamy. Placing them in the right spot with the right companion plants is part of the fun.

Gardening for Native Bees
Gardening for Native Bees

Honey bees (Apis mellifera) may garner more of the limelight, but North America is also home to approximately 4,000 known native bee species that are just as agriculturally, horticulturally, and ecologically important. Learn smart ways to garden for native bees.