7 Reasons to Use Earthworm Castings in Your Organic Garden Now

As we head into the humid Iowa summer months, it’s important to take care of our organic gardens now more than ever.   When the heat of summer kicks in and the weather gets sticky, it can affect our plants in many negative ways if we’re not careful. One of the best things you can…

How to Grow Healthy, Crisp Cucumbers

There’s no question that fresh, homegrown cucumbers are one of the best vegetables you can grow in your organic garden. They’re great for slicing, adding to salads, pickling, and more. But how do you grow healthy, crisp cucumbers? Many Iowans love the moment when they can finally slice a cucumber straight off the vine and…

Growing the Best Organic Watermelon

So many of us associate the warmth of summer and the refreshing sensation of biting into a cool, juicy bite of a fresh watermelon. It’s one of the fruits that makes everyone smile no matter their age. As an Iowan, you may think that you won’t have much success growing watermelon in your organic garden,…

Five Vegetables to Plant in Your Summer Garden

It’s mid-May, which means it’s high time to be thinking about the vegetables you want to grow in your organic summer garden. Warm season vegetables need long days and warm temperatures to thrive, unlike spring veggies that are happy hanging out in cold soil. The organic vegetables that need longer periods of sunlight should be…

Tips for a Health Organic Summer Garden

As Iowa begins to enter the warm summer months, it’s important to remember how the warm weather will impact your organic vegetable garden. During the summer, we see plenty of organic vegetables thrive including tomatoes, zucchinis, cucumbers, green beans, eggplant, sweet potatoes, peppers, and herbs. Keeping your harvest at their peak is critical in the…

When to Start Your Onion Sets and Harvest Them

One of the biggest reasons organic gardeners incorporate onions in their gardens is because they’re a high-yielding crop. In about 1 to 1 ½ feet of space, you can grow between 20 and 50 onions, which is ideal for those of us who enjoy adding them to our salads, do canning, and use them for…

Tips for Growing Hearty Organic Tomatoes

Do you struggle with growing healthy, hearty tomatoes? You’re not the first Iowan to see your tomatoes being overridden by disease and you won’t be the last. Growing healthy organic tomatoes doesn’t have to be a struggle. If you’re having trouble getting the beautiful, juicy tomatoes you want from your organic garden, follow these tips…

Tips for Growing and Harvesting Your Early Season Vegetables 

Most of the vegetables in your garden like to be planted once the ground has warmed up, but there are those select veggies that can be planted in the early spring. Long before the summer vegetables start to pop up, you can work with a variety of vegetables including radishes, lettuce, onions, peas, and more….