Ants, Slugs and Aphids

Finally got hold of an aphid spray from an organic company – contains a small amount of rotenone, so I am applying it sparingly in the early morning, and it appears to be having some good effect. But the ANTS!!!! After careful snooping round the garden, it appears that my entire garden is one GINORMOUS anthill. Tried the boiling water routine, but after hours of solid kettle boiling, found I was just never going to […]

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Strating an Organic Garden

I have always wanted to have my own garden and I am finally going to do it! I live in Florida in the Tampa Bay area. I have heard a little about compost piles? I also juice fruits and vegetables on a daily basis and I have wonderful organic waste each day…I have chosen an area next to my home to start my garden and I’m wondering what to do first. Right now it has […]

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Fungus and Deformed Carrots

My husband and I live in rural Michigan. We have a large garden, a patch of corn and melons, some berry bushes we planted this year, a vineyard, and an orchard (well, it will be an orchard one day). Although my husband grew up with farming, it wasn’t organic, so we have been trying to learn about organic gardening. My question is this: we have had a problem for the three summers we’ve been here […]

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Making Red Clay Usable?

I’m a first-time organic gardening hopeful this year and am facing the all-too-present challenge of making the soil in our yard – 100% good old fashioned red clay – usable. We’ve just tilled a plot and would like to add in from there. We’ve composted over the last year and have some rich soil which we will add, but if anyone has any tips on what else we should add (or any resources where I […]

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Organic Lawn Books?

I want to have a go at a nice lawn. Of course, synthetics and toxins are absolutely out of the question, as they are in pretty much all aspects of our lives. I’ve been searching the web for info, and found a handful of resources. There also appear to be a few books out there that focus specifically on lawn care, as well as the useful info in the catalogs (like Peaceful Valley). My question […]

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Question About Killing Grasses and Weeds

I have a large area of land which has grass, weeds, and a Lot of unpleasant plants. I want to put some sort of chemical on the land to kill all vegetation without hurting the environment. Can someone please recommend a good substance to accomplish this with? Additionally, i’d prefer that nothing grow back on that land. (im eventually going to pave it into a road and parking lot) whats the best way to keep […]

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Question About Killing Grasses and Weeds

I have a large area of land which has grass, weeds, and a Lot of unpleasant plants. I want to put some sort of chemical on the land to kill all vegetation without hurting the environment. Can someone please recommend a good substance to accomplish this with? Additionally, i’d prefer that nothing grow back on that land. (im eventually going to pave it into a road and parking lot) whats the best way to keep […]

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Am I as crazy as they think they are?

I am totally new to gardening, let alone organic gardening. This year, I read up on companion planting. I have one bed of lettuce & peas, another bed of squash, corn & pole beans, a bed of onions, and then individual mounds of melons, tomatoes and peppers adjacent to the „three sisters” bed. In the last 24 hours, I have had 3 people tell me I am going to fail unless I use chemicals. Is […]

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