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,…

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 Organic Potatoes

Growing potatoes in your organic garden is not as tricky as you may think it is! Potatoes originated from the Andes Mountains of South America and do well in the northern portion of the United States and southern part of Canada. Organic gardeners who are located in warmer regions can have success with growing potatoes,…

The Organic Difference: Why it’s Important to Use Organic Fertilizer

With so many fertilizers on the market today, finding the best one can be difficult. The preference between organic and synthetic fertilizer changes depending on who you ask. Choosing synthetic over organic fertilizer may not seem like a big deal because your plants can’t really tell the difference, but the truth is there is a…

Tips for Growing Greens Organically

Greens are the bread and butter of the organic garden. Once you can grow these low-maintenance babies, you’re well on your way to becoming a home gardening pro. Greens are easy to work with because they practically grow themselves. Mix this bonus in with the fact that you can get a flavor range that goes…

When to Start Growing Your Potatoes

The snow and colder temperatures just keep coming back here in Iowa, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make preparations for your spring garden. A staple of any organic garden is the potato. Easily grown in cooler temperatures, potatoes are easy-going and highly beneficial. Today, we’re taking a look at the best time to grow…

When to Harvest Spring Vegetables

Spring is right around the corner, which means you’ve prepared your garden tools, started your seeds, and chosen a layout for your organic garden this year. No doubt you’re excited about your first harvest of the season – we are too! Every organic gardener is itching to get out there and start planting and tending…

Spring Vegetables You Can Start Now

Keeping track of when each vegetable for your organic garden should be seeded, transplanted, and harvested can get tricky, especially if you’re new to the organic gardening world. Fortunately, we’ve put together a list of the most popular home garden vegetables and determined when they should be seeded and how long you can harvest them….

Organic Fertilizer and Pest Control for Your Fruit Trees

Spring is in the air and soon the warmth of summer will be here, which means you’re dying to get into your organic garden. If you have fruit trees on your property, now is a good time to think about prepping them for the upcoming season. Today, we’re taking a look at some ways you…

Spring Fertilization Tips for Your Garden

Taking care of your garden means feeding the soil first and not the plants. When you get used to this idea and put it into practice, you’ll start to see healthier plants, richer harvests, and successful gardens. Building rich soil means you’ll get better vegetable harvests so you can put clean, healthy food on the…