Garden Products

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Where to Buy Organic, Non-GMO Heirloom Seeds: 6 Companies

One of the reasons many of us grow our own food is so we know it’s grown healthfully and according to our values, and that begins with seeds. The following companies are a few (but not all) of the conscientious seed companies you can buy from—they all guarantee reliable seeds and a dedication to sustainable agriculture and educational outreach. In addition, ...

Mother Earth Living Editors

Vegetable Gardening

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Harvest Like a Pro

There’s nothing like growing and preserving our own produce to remind us that supermarket convenience isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. And after we’ve toiled all spring and summer to grow some of our own groceries, it’s a shame not to make use of it all. Unfortunately, much of the summer harvest comes on all at once, and it can be a challenge to deal with. Check garden ...

Meredith Kirton and Mandy Sinclair

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Garden Projects

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Putting the Garden to Bed for Winter

My enthusiasm for gardening wanes by autumn, and I long for the respite winter offers. While putting the garden to bed in the fall isn’t as much fun as watching it wake up in the spring, don’t let your care for the garden disappear just yet. “The end of October is really the first day of spring, because everything you do in fall sets up your success or ...

Margaret Haapoja

Gardening Tips

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How to Design a Low-Allergen Garden

If sneezing, itchy eyes, coughing, and postnasal drip are preventing you from working in the garden, you’re not alone. The American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology estimates that allergic rhinitis — commonly referred to as “hay fever” — affects up to 30 percent of people worldwide. Still others are bothered by the skin rashes and abrasions, mold spores, and heavy ...

Sheryl Normandeau

Herb Gardening

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Seed Starting Guide

 Nurturing herbs from seeds offers many benefits to the herb gardener: You get a head start in the garden; you can minimize the chance of introducing soil-borne diseases to your garden; you'll save money; and you may even have fun along the way!A Seed Starting Guide for Herbs and More       Plant an Herb Garden From ...

Outdoor Living

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How to Look at Your Garden Through the Eyes of Wildlife Visitors

How to Look at Your Garden Through the Eyes of Wildlife VisitorsBy Susan Tweit, HouzzDepending on the time of year, you might see in your yard a symphony of flowers in different colors and shapes (spring and summer), a splash of leaves changing (fall) or an accent of seedpods and berries (winter). What the wildlife visitors who use your yard see is very different. Pollinators, for ...

Plant Profile

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Herb to Know: Valerian

Sometimes known as garden heliotrope, valerian is one of the most fragrant perennials you can grow. Its rounded clusters of pale pink blooms perfume the garden and indoor bouquets for up to six weeks in early summer. But valerian is much more than a pretty flower. Its roots contain compounds with calming effects so potent that valerian sometimes is called "poor man’s valium." ...

Barbara Pleasant

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