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The Organic Gardeners: Invasives From Water Gardens Escaping Into Waterways

Water gardens and ponds have become popular additions to home landscapes. But some non-native, invasive species growing and living in these features are making their way into local streams, rivers and lakes. There are ways to make sure invasives stay put, and better options, like planting natives.

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The Organic Gardeners: Plants Can Talk!

Did you know plants can actually communicate with each other and can send a message to good bugs, alerting them to the presence of the bad ones?  There's some amazing research showing that when stressed, plants send out signals to try and defend themselves.

 

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The Organic Gardeners: Vegetable Container Growing

Many gardeners think of container planting only for their flowers, but any vegetable that grows in the garden can thrive in pots too. The trick is to pick the right plant for the right container, choose appropriate varieties, and keep them happy by watering and fertilizing as needed.

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Heritage Grains Make Comeback on PA Farms

The sustainable food movement has filled our plates with grass-fed meats, artisan cheeses and organic produce.  But what about grains? Some chefs and farmers are working to plug the gap in the sustainable food scene by bringing back locally-grown, high-quality grains.

 

 

 

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Organic Gardeners: Planting Greens and Cool-Season Crops

Many gardeners wait until May to plant, but by choosing the right plants, the garden can begin much earlier. There are a wide variety of tasty greens and cool-season crops which can be planted right now.

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The Organic Gardeners: Ordering Bare Root Plants

Buying bare root plants saves money and energy on shipping and gives gardeners a multitude of choices in what to buy. The Organic Gardeners discuss how bare root plants are harvested and prepared for planting.

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In Midwinter, Organic Gardeners are thinking Sun... Flowers!

With the price of sunflower seed bird feed rising, Organic Gardeners Doug Oster and Jessica Walliser discuss why, and how to get the most bang for your buck in your bird seed! You don't need to start the plants indoors, but if you're looking through seed catalogs now, remember that you do want to use fresh purchased seeds.

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The Organic Gardeners Go Nuts; Ordering Nut Trees Now

The best way to get fresh, wonderful and pesticide free nuts is to grow your own. Like most things from the garden, nuts offer their best taste and texture when fresh. There are lots of dwarf varieties available which should be ordered soon. These trees are shipped bare root at the right time to plant in the spring.

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The Organic Gardeners: Keeping Houseplants Happy Naturally

No one wants to be exposed to chemical sprays, especially indoors.

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The Organic Gardeners: Sow Lettuce Now To Reap Leafy Greens All Summer.

Did you know the USDA found over 50 types of pesticide residue on leaf lettuce in 2005?

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