Deer? Try Herbs

Feeding deer is a bad idea; once they are attracted to an area, it's difficult to keep them away.    In many parts of the United States, deer feast on every garden they can find, chomping and stomping their way through whole neighborhoods with little regard for aesthetics and no sense of fair play. Some … Continue reading Deer? Try Herbs

Choosing the Best Garden Fence

The best garden fence is whichever fence will reliably keeps the critters from your crops. When you have it in place you can love the wild things and still sleep peacefully at night. Most gardeners eventually have heated encounters with unwanted wild animals. The best and kindest solution is to keep them out with the … Continue reading Choosing the Best Garden Fence

7 Cool Things We Never Knew Lavender Could Do

ADD THIS WONDER PLANT TO YOUR FARMERS’ MARKET SHOPPING LIST.  Maybe you’re thinking of planting lavender because it’s a beautiful addition to any flowerbed and because bees seem to love it. But its usefulness doesn’t stop there. Here are seven ways to put it to work at home outside or in an indoor herb garden. 1. Keep … Continue reading 7 Cool Things We Never Knew Lavender Could Do

Vertical Gardening

Take advantage of garden space by using the third dimension to grow vegetables and vining fruit. When garden space is limited, you can still grow space-hungry plants. Growing your vegetables and vining fruits on an arbor or vertical trellis is the most efficient way to add space in a less-than-spacious garden. Growing vertically improves air circulation, which helps … Continue reading Vertical Gardening

Trim Time? Fingernails, Yes; Plants, Maybe Not!

I am frequently asked what is the first thing I trim back in spring and the most honest answer I am able to give is "my fingernails, you're going to break them all off anyway, so you may as well get it over with." And to clean under the nails, even when wearing gloves. I … Continue reading Trim Time? Fingernails, Yes; Plants, Maybe Not!

Why Keep A Gardening Journal?

A garden journal can add to your gardening success and enhance your enjoyment of your gardening activities. Depending on how much effort you want to spend on the journal, it can record as little as what you planted and when. At the other extreme, it can record every minute activity you perform in your gardens, … Continue reading Why Keep A Gardening Journal?

How To Guarantee Your Garden Starts Off On The Right Foot

As winter slowly winds down, many gardeners cannot wait to soak up the springtime sun and get their hands dirty in the garden. Such excitement is not just good for gardeners but can benefit the garden in the months to come as well. Late winter or early spring is a great time to get a … Continue reading How To Guarantee Your Garden Starts Off On The Right Foot

Grow Your Own Vegetable Garden Transplants

Some plants can be started indoors early in the season, before soil and air temperatures are warm enough to plant outdoors. From a seed-starting perspective, most of our common vegetable plants fall into one of three categories. Don't do well direct-seeded outdoors - these plants seem to do better if they are started in a … Continue reading Grow Your Own Vegetable Garden Transplants

ORGANIC ANIMAL WELFARE FINAL RULE – WHAT IT SAYS AND WHAT’S NEXT

Animal living conditions and well-being have long been a key component of organic livestock production systems, including allowing animals to exhibit their natural behaviors and have access to their natural diets. However, inconsistencies in organic livestock and poultry production standards have emerged in recent times, causing confusion in the organic marketplace and jeopardizing the integrity … Continue reading ORGANIC ANIMAL WELFARE FINAL RULE – WHAT IT SAYS AND WHAT’S NEXT

FARMERS TESTIFY BEFORE HOUSE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE ON NEEDS OF SPECIALTY CROP INDUSTRY

March is always a busy time in the capital. Spring in DC not only means the cherry blossom trees are about to bloom, it also means Congress and advocacy organizations are hunkering down for a frenetic policymaking schedule that starts with the annual appropriations process. In the year leading up to the expiration of the … Continue reading FARMERS TESTIFY BEFORE HOUSE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE ON NEEDS OF SPECIALTY CROP INDUSTRY