Is Organic Really Better Than Conventional ?

Is organic really better for the environment than conventional (industrial) agriculture? by Hannah Ritchie October 19, 2017 Our World in Data presents the empirical evidence on global development in entries dedicated to specific topics.  This blog post draws on data and research discussed in our entries on Crop Yields, Land Use, and Fertilizers and Pesticides. This post was …

Organic Or Chemical – Or Both? What Kind of Vegetable Garden Should You Grow

Today we will discuss a fundamental question in gardening. Previously I was posed this question: “I hear that chemicals are poisoning our waterways, and that organic growing is much healthier than using chemicals. What’s the truth, and how do I grow a healthy, productive, and sustainable garden without hurting the environment?” This important question deserves …

Planning Next Year’s Vegetable Garden – What Could You Produce?

Many people arrive at the end of the gardening season and wish they had planned their vegetable garden better. Often there is wasted space, and sometimes we have grown things that were not used, and perhaps couldn’t even be given away. Now is a good time to begin planning for next year’s vegetable garden – …

Preserving your Vegetable Garden Harvest – Eat Garden-fresh for 4-6 Months!

Folks, this one’s a keeper, so turn on your printer and save it in your vegetable gardening library. With cold weather soon upon us, everyone should be working to save your harvest, either by storing or preserving. Canning, drying, and freezing are good ways of preserving your crops such as beans, corn, peas, peppers, summer …

Natural or Synthetic Fertilizers In the Vegetable Garden- What’s the Difference & Which Should I Use

What does “Natural” mean, and what does “Synthetic” mean? And exactly what makes synthetically produced fertilizers, if there is such a thing in the first place, any worse for your garden than naturally produced ones? This is one area in which a lot of balony gets thrown around – and regrettably believed by many good …

Fall Lawn and Vegetable or Flower Garden Preparation

Let’s talk about preparing your lawn, trees, shrubs, and vegetable or flower garden for winter, and how best to improve your soil during this time of year. Much of this Country seems to be clay soil, so first let’s find out how to improve problem clay soils. These procedures also apply to other types of …

You Can Live on What You Produce – On Less Space Than You Ever Imagined!

While you endure the cold winter months why not plan for a really great vegetable garden next spring. Maybe even one that could provide some income in addition to the food you eat yourselves! Does anyone have children who need responsibility – and spending money? To illustrate the potential, I’ll describe the yields achievable by …

Simple Mini-Greenhouses for Containers and Soil-Beds – Vegetable gardening, or Organic gardening

It’s not too early to begin preparing for early spring planting (it works for fall planting also)! By covering your containers, which we call Grow-Boxes, or Soil-Beds with “Mini-Greenhouses” using PVC arches and greenhouse plastic, you can be in your vegetable garden with cool-weather plants by the end of February or the first of March, …

Mittleider Gardening Magic – Advice and Tips for Your Vegetable Garden

Welcome to Mittleider Gardening Magic advice and tips! I’m excited to be sharing the wisdom of “the world’s greatest vegetable gardener.” I’ve been a Mittleider gardener ever since the mid 70’s when Jacob Mittleider moved about a mile from my home, and I became his student – patterning my own garden after his prolific backyard …