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…

4 Ways to Effectively Use Markers in Your Vegetable Garden

Taking care of your plants throughout the gardening season is all about knowing the varieties you’re working with. Experienced organic gardeners know many plants like the back of their hands but if you’re a newbie, or you’re working with a specific variety for the first time, it’s important to keep track of what that plant…

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…

Keeping Your Landscaping Healthy with Organic Fertilizer 

In recent years, homeowners across the United States have been taking steps to follow organic lawn care practice. But “organic lawn care” means different things to different people, which complicates things. Some people see organic lawn care as simply using natural and organic materials while completely avoiding chemicals and synthetic products. For others, it is…

What Vegetables Should You Plant First?

Spring can be a chaotic time for organic gardeners, but planting in the spring always pays off in the long run. There’s nothing quite as satisfying as picking a fresh vegetable from your own garden after the long, cold winter months. Springtime in Iowa can be tricky for growing, however, since the weather often changes…

Springtime Bulbs You Can Start Growing Now

If you didn’t get your vegetable bulbs planted in the fall, don’t panic. There’s no time like the present to get things going for your organic garden. If the ground in your garden has thawed, or if you’re using planters, spring is the perfect time to sow the plants we’re discussing today because they will…

Iowa Gardening Zones: When You Should Start Working in Your Garden

The State of Iowa spans parts of gardening Zones 4 (northeast Iowa) through 7 (southwest Iowa), which means the planting dates vary slightly throughout the state. Most of the regions in Iowa have a medium growing length, which gives you a good amount of time to start your vegetables and reap a bountiful harvest. With…

5 Ways to Prep Your Garden After the Spring Thaw

There’s no better feeling for a gardener than knowing the winter thaw is finally over and spring has sprung. When the weather starts warming up and the insects start to flutter around again, it’s time to get back into your organic garden. Today, we’re discussing six things you can do to prep your garden for…

Maintaining Your Lawn the Organic Way

Imagine having a lush, green yard that was created without using synthetic fertilizers and chemical herbicides. Such a yard is possible, and we know how to make it happen! For some homeowners, having the perfect lawn can become an obsession – and a money pit. Laying sod, spreading fertilizer and watering adds up quickly. In…