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Saturdays in the Garden: Picking & Preserving Vegetables

Was the planning and planting followed by watering and weeding really worth it?  Late summer is a fun time to enjoy the harvest of your gardening work.  After growing up around conventional gardening with its extensive use of toxic pesticides, it’s been especially satisfying to harvest basket after basket of fresh, organic food for my […]

Continue Reading By on August 16, 2014 in agriculture, food, garden, organic

Saturdays In The Garden: Powdery Mildew On Leaves

It was bound to happen sooner or later.  We have so many food-producing plants competing for room in our little organic garden, that some have gotten maladies associated with lack of air circulation and too much dampness.  After a particularly wet spell with heavy, heavy rains, our luscious pumpkin plants started developing powdery mildew on […]

Continue Reading By on August 2, 2014 in agriculture, garden, organic

Lazy Sunday Flower Gardening

Conventional fungicide could have perhaps preventing the spotting on my zinnia that’s developed this summer.  Instead, I choose to leave them alone and maybe experiment with some homemade organic recipes for treating it.  They’re amassed together, and perhaps creating more space around them would help, as well. The good news is they’re attracting pollinators, and […]

Continue Reading By on July 13, 2014 in flowers, garden

Saturdays in the Garden: President Obama Creates Plan to Protect Pollinators

Could the American food supply be at risk from a lack of healthy pollinators in our farms and gardens? That’s the concern behind a new Pollinator Health Task Force established by President Barack Obama this summer.  Of course, pollinators, especially bees, are critically important for agriculture.  Here’s what the White House sent out in a […]

Continue Reading By on July 5, 2014 in agriculture, ecology, garden, insects, organic, pollinators