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Mosquitos, Ticks, and Other Bugs – What Can You Do To Protect Yourself?

Since it’s been found that some diseases can be carried and spread through insect bites, the media is all over it. As much as they go on about something like this, they seldom offer a natural solution to the problem that really works.

Even though there is much information out there about how we can take care of ourselves, it takes some living and […]

Organic Pest Control – Is It Just About the Soil?

As I’ve said many times over the past six years when writing for TMG, healthy soil consistently enriched with organic matter is first and foremost in guaranteeing the success of your garden.

Healthy soil feeds our plants, and it helps protect them from diseases and pests.

Plants grown in poor soil that don’t have good soil life to help them be healthy, literally put […]

Mulch – Most Frequent Complaints

If you have the book Organic Gardening – Cutting Through the Hype to the 3 Keys to Successful Gardening and/or are a long time reader of TMG you know that covering the ground (mulching) is one of the keys to success.

There are some who feel mulching under certain conditions creates disadvantages rather than advantages.

With all the benefits mulch has, two of the […]

Still Eating Lettuces from Your Garden in January? Or not?

I hope you’re still eating lettuce out of your garden no matter what cold temperatures your area has experienced.

If you’ve tried to winter garden and haven’t been successful I encourage you to keep trying.

Methods of Protection

As much fun as it is to see what a wonderful set up Eliot Coleman has for winter growing on his farm in Maine, I for […]

Powdery Mildew – Ways to Deal with It

This summer is the first in many years that powdery mildew has not already (by August) taken its toll on my summer squash and cucumbers. The reason is that conditions haven’t been right for the disease. This year, up until mid July, we had rain every few days,  the humidity was low, and temperatures not extreme. Our summers are usually hot, humid, and dry […]

Potato Beetles – Organic Pest Control – Programmed Responses

From my own experience as a new gardener 37 years ago, the questions I receive from readers, and comments I see on various forums, it seems that even “organic” gardeners turn to chemicals (but one approved for organic use) when something goes wrong in their gardens – be it pests or disease.

Why We Do What We Do

Our beliefs have the biggest influence […]

Reason to Garden – Food that Nourishes

This may be the latest I’ve ever been with various garden tasks because of the difficulties Bill and I have been experiencing. However, I’ m not daunted by it. Several reasons account for that.

 The weather being cool has worked for me. It’s way too early in my garden for hot weather crops like cukes, tomatoes, peppers and eggplants to really take off.  I […]

Organic Gardening – Adding Commercial Fertilizers – Nutrient Dense Food

The use of organic fertilizer products (and/or insecticides) is not really what organic gardening is about.

True organic gardening strives to create a fertile soil by a natural cycling of organic material. When the living organisms in the soil are supported and nourished by decayed organic material and cover crops, they produce healthy crops which in turn create health in humans and animals that […]

Glyphosate – Round-up™– Things You Might Want to Consider

Glyphosate is an herbicide that came on the scene in 1964 when it was patented by the Stauffer chemical company. It’s the active ingredient in Round-up™ which has been the flagship product of the company Monsanto for many years.

Round-up™ is promoted as being “a perfect fit with the vision of sustainable agriculture and environmental protection.” (You can read it for yourself on the […]

Blood Meal – Bone Meal – Reasons I Don’t Use Them.

In my first decade of gardening, I thought I needed every soil amendment I heard about. You name it. I needed it. Blood meal and bone meal were on the list.

Finally after about a decade, I came to my senses and realized that I didn’t need all that stuff.  All I needed to do was add organic materials that decayed and became organic […]