How to Prepare Your Garden for the Coming Fall Season

With every growing season there comes a time in the fall when you have to put your organic garden to rest. Unless you fill your garden with wintertime plants, now is the perfect time to prep your garden for next spring.   Adjusting your garden soil takes time, especially if you have to add nutrients…

9 Planting Tips for This Fall

Fall in Iowa can bring a mixed bag of weather patterns that range from lingering humidity to lots of rain to cold temperatures. This can make checking the items off your fall garden to-do list somewhat tricky.   To help you stay organized and on top of your organic garden adventures, we’ve gathered a list…

10 Indoor Garden Plants Ideal for Fall

Chilly temperatures are on their way to Iowa, and it won’t be long before the first frost falls, but you can still enjoy your indoor garden plants!   Fall bids us farewell to the budding vegetables and lush greens that inhabit our summer gardens, however, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy greenery from the safety…

Five Garden Clothes to Wear this Fall

Autumn in Iowa can range from cold and rainy to downright chilly or warm and humid, which makes working in your fall garden somewhat tricky. If you’re still preparing for the fall weather rollercoaster and trying to decide what you really need for your gardening, we’ve got your back.   It’s important to have the…

How to Know if Your Soil is Healthy or Sick

What if we told you we know the secret to creating healthy, strong, and crunchy vegetables? The answer is great soil!   For your plants to thrive, your soil must contain the nutrients and microorganisms your plants need. The best way to get a detailed analysis of your soil is to complete a soil test….

Your Organic Garden Checklist for 2018

If you’re planning your fall Iowa garden, there are a few things you should check off your organic garden checklist before you get started.   Here’s what you need to know about starting your next organic garden!   Watch the light   If you’re planting fall veggies, keep in mind that most of them need…

MCG BioMarkers® Goes International!

When our team at MCG Biomarkers first started creating our trademark plant markers back in 2009, we had no clue how popular they would become.   The original plant marker was produced as an experiment. We wanted to use our first formulated BioComposites material, which was corn cobs and recycled high-density polyethylene in a product,…

10 Types of Organic Fertilizers

Do your plants keep dropping leaves? Are your plants turning different colors? Both of these are signs that your plants are crying out for help, but your gardening methods may not be to blame.   When plants exhibit these signs, it’s likely there is an imbalance in your soil that’s harming them. Fortunately, there are…

5 Reasons Houseplants Die

Keeping houseplants alive was much different for our ancestors who lived in homes surrounded by dirt, fields, and animals. Most homes today consist of lock-tight windows, dark hallways, and electronics – that doesn’t even take air quality into consideration.   Indoor plants offer so many benefits. Not only do they remove toxins and dust from…

7 Things You Should Know About Noelridge Municipal Gardens

If you’ve never been to Noelridge Municipal Gardens in Cedar Rapids you’re really missing out. This beautiful community garden is more than a spot for gorgeous senior and wedding pictures – it’s a haven for tropical plants, aspiring gardeners, and families alike.   Here are 7 things you need to know about Noelridge Municipal Gardens:…

7 Things that Make Brookgreen Gardens an Awesome Community Garden

Nestled in the area south of the Murrells Inlet in South Carolina is a community garden that will take your breath away – Brookgreen Gardens.   The 9,100-acre property is home to many themed gardens, American sculptures, and natural ecosystems that will take you back to a former time.   If you’ve never been to…

6 Reasons to Visit the Greater Des Moines Botanical Center

Are you looking for an activity the whole family can participate in? School may be back in session but that doesn’t mean your kids won’t be bored when the weekend rolls around. Encourage them to disconnect from their devices long enough to visit one of the coolest botanical centers in the state of Iowa.  …