Nature-Friendly Gardening

Tomatoes

Tomatoes

View the full issue in the Magazine Archive Tomatoes are one of the world's favorite fruits; there are thousands of varieties of tomatoes grown around the world. Yes, they really are fruits, but, as...

The Native Wildflower Garden

The Native Wildflower Garden

View the full issue in the Magazine Archive Why,” you ask, “would I want to include native spring ephemerals in my wildflower garden?”Well, in my experience, these wildflowers are much more than...

Growing Great Strawberries

Growing Great Strawberries

View the full issue in the Magazine Archive Strawberries are a great crop for beginning fruit growers. Unlike growing trees and bushes, if you make a mistake with strawberries, you can quickly start...

Growing Blueberries

Growing Blueberries

With a sly grin, Phil poked a stick through the leaves, trying to make me think it was a rattlesnake.That was thirty-five-plus years ago, and I still have fond memories of that huckleberry picking...

Yielding Seed After His Kind

Yielding Seed After His Kind

I like seed catalogs! There are few pastimes more pleasurable in a January snowstorm than to curl up in front of the wood stove with a steaming mug and a stack of seed catalogs. Of course, seed...

Keep It Covered

Keep It Covered

One of the most important rules of gardening is to always be gardening. That doesn’t mean we need to keep ourselves in the garden every working day planting, weeding, fertilizing, or harvesting....

Weeds—How to Manage Them

Weeds—How to Manage Them

Mankind’s struggle with weeds is almost as old as life on earth. Since the very first man, almost all of those who have been involved in producing food have had to do something about unwanted native...

Blooming Beauty

Blooming Beauty

Sunflowers. Photo © Erin Cogswell/Dreamstime.com. One amazing aspect of God’s creation is the system he designed for the reproduction of plants. For many plants, seed production starts with a...

Making Good Compost

Making Good Compost

Last month we looked at the limitations of poor quality compost, but don’t think for a minute that compost is something to be avoided. Composting is a natural process that happens all by itself...

The Limitations of Poor-Quality Compost

The Limitations of Poor-Quality Compost

Pick up any gardening magazine or book, and you are sure to soon come across the use of compost. Composting is a basic principle of gardening. In the natural cycle of things, life grows from death;...

A Garden of Herbs, Part 2

A Garden of Herbs, Part 2

Last month we started with an herb used traditionally for tea. This month I’d like to do the same. Next to mint, chamomile is perhaps the most common tea herb grown in North America. Chamomile is a...

A Garden of Herbs

A Garden of Herbs

Photo © Shaiith/Dreamstime.com. Herbs are a category of plants grown mostly for flavor or medicinal value. They are often not on the shortlist for a beginning gardener, for various reasons. Spices...

Other Garden-Friendly Livestock

Other Garden-Friendly Livestock

While the chickens we wrote about last month are by far the most common, they are not the only garden-friendly animals available for our use. This month I want to take a brief look at several other...

The Greatest Houseplant Ever?

The Greatest Houseplant Ever?

The poinsettia is probably the most popular potted flower in U.S. history—at least in terms of pots sold. Last year around thirty-five million pots of poinsettias were sold in the U.S., almost all...

Tree Fruits, Part 2

Tree Fruits, Part 2

Apples. Photo © Gyuszko/Dreamstime.com. Once we have the site picked out for our home orchard, we need to prepare for planting trees. Ideally, we should begin preparing at least the fall before we...