How to Grow Organic Beets

bunch of organically grown beets

Beets are wonderful food plants to grow because they give a double bang for the buck. If you plant thickly, you can have plenty of greens while the young and tender plant is growing and they are most nutritious. And as you thin them out you leave room for the large bulbs to grow as the plant matures. It’s an easy way to have a lot of young greens and still keep the remaining plants growing in the garden for a while longer to produce plenty of mature beet roots for later.

Death of the Honey Bees

This is a reprint of a comprehensive article by Brit Amos. It is a sobering essay on the effects modern technology and biological chemistry is having on our food supply. GMO Crops and the Decline of Bee Colonies in North America Commercial beehives pollinate over a third of [North] America’s crops and that web of …

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Difference Between Frost and Freeze

frost on dead nettle

A frost is defined as a covering of minute ice needles, that forms on surfaces at or below freezing. Even if the actual temperature is not freezing, windchill can cause the moisture in a plant to freeze. A freeze, on the other hand, occurs when the temperature drops well below freezing and may or may not include ice crystals.

The Herb Cottage

Okay, I haven’t been there in a very long time, but I was born in Texas, does that count? 😉 I was delighted that Cindy offered us the opportunity to publish her article, Horseradish, Herb of the Year 2011 a well written and informative article on the history, medicinal uses, and cultivation of the horseradish …

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Biggest Threat to the Entire Food Chain

We have all heard of Roundup by now, but did you know that Monsanto’s glyphosate-based herbicide, is causing Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS), a serious plant disease, in many fields. Study after study shows that glyphosate is contributing not only to the huge increase in SDS, but also to the outbreak of numerous other diseases. Glyphosate …

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Farmers Are Flocking to Manure

pile of cow patties

The closest thing I can find to a directory on getting local manure is CraigsList. I am sure if you look hard enough you can find a location or farmer in your area that will happily supply you with enough manure to use for home organic gardening Then, I ran across this article, Why Farmers …

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Botanical Name Flower Planting Schedule

french-marigold-Tagetes-patula

This table lists the recommended times to sow flower seeds (by botanical name) for typical Zones 8-9. If you are in zone 7, for instance, go back a month, zone 6, a month and a half. If you don’t know your zone, check the planting zone maps. And when buying transplants, remember to adjust for …

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