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By: Ron Kushner   Organic: First, let me address the subject of “organic” seed. For years, the word “organic” loosely referred to plants produced without synthetic pesticides or fertilizers but there did not exist any real standard or regulation. In 2002, the USDA established the...

Birds are great visitors to any garden. The greater the diversity of plants, the more successful you will be in attracting a variety of birds. Include as many native plants as possible as they have evolved along with the birds providing food and shelter in...

Every organic gardener knows compost. Grass clippings, spent stems and stalks, shredded leaves, kitchen scraps all placed in a pile (or a composter) with the correct amount of moisture and ultimately, you have compost. There is nothing better for your garden. As a fertilizer, soil...

Summer is upon us, and that means plenty of hot weather. Everything in your garden starts to slow down between now and mid-August, so start enjoying! However, there is always work to be done to keep your garden looking as perfect as the day you...

Now that June is here and you have spent your entire Spring getting your garden into tip top shape, it may be tempting to simply sit back and enjoy your garden, but now is the time to turn to the true aspects of gardening –...

Japanese beetles are members of the Scarab beetle family which also includes June beetles and rose chafers. They begin feeding on our plants by eating small holes in the upper or lower surfaces of leaves. The holes gradually widen to form a lacy skeleton, leaving...

Crop rotation means a regular scheme of planting whereby different demands are made on your soil each year. Vegetables vary in their nutritional needs and therefore, deplete the soil in different ways.  Growing the same crop in the same place each year creates a deficiency...

May is a busy month! Now that the weather is warming up, it’s a great time to get your plants in the ground and start giving your garden the attention it really needs.   General garden care Install raised beds if not done earlier. Fertilize roses...

April is prime time to get planting! It’s a good month to plant most trees, shrubs, and perennials. Planting annuals and vegetables that could tolerate a potential frost (spinach, snapdragons, lettuce, etc.) is also a great idea! April is also an ideal time to dig...

Crabgrass is an annual weed that can be a homeowner’s most frustrating lawn problem. With germination periods of up to six months, crabgrass can quickly takeover your lawn, robbing it of its moisture and nutrients. Though it may be impossible to prevent all crabgrass, you can reduce the...