How Safe is Your Produce? 5 Reasons to Start Your Own Organic Garden

Including fresh produce in your diet is one of the most efficient ways to stay healthy and prevent disease, but did you know that conventional varieties have pesticide residues in them that will end up in your body?  The facts: The latest pesticide residue report published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) revealed that…

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…

How are MCG Biomarkers Made?

As an organic gardener, no doubt you’re passionate about taking care of your garden and protecting the environment. If you’re in a colder state, you’re probably itching to get in your garden and get the ball rolling on your first harvest. Since mother nature has decided to keep things cool, especially here in Iowa, there…

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…

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….

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…

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…

Planting Your Own Vertical Garden

There are so many benefits to starting your own organic garden. For starters, you’ll save some coin, you’ll eat healthier, and you’ll have access to fresh, flavorful, ripe vegetables, herbs, and fruits that go beyond anything you’ll find in the grocery store. The best part is that you’ll also have control over the entire process,…

What Crops Grow Best for Your Gardening Zone?

If you’re new to USDA zone 5 or are new to organic vegetable gardening in general, you might be wondering when you can start planting zone 5 vegetables in your garden. Every zone has general planting guidelines that can help you and zone 5 is no exception. Today, we’re discussing when to start planting zone…

What Gardening Zone Are You In?

Have you ever wanted to know what plants are recommended for your area? Most organic gardeners enjoy growing plants throughout the year and making accommodations during the winter months, but that doesn’t every plant can survive in any region. The USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map is divided into sections and tells us which plants are…

Preparing Your Garden Before You Start Spring Planting

Springtime in Iowa can be a bit unpredictable, but when the weather starts to turn warm and the sun stays out, it’s a critical time to set your garden up for a productive year. The question is, what’s the best way to get your garden beds ready? The first thing you should do is build…