Expert Advice on Improving Your Home
Garden plot with scarecrows and rubber owls.

Scarecrows in the Garden

As long as there have been farmers, there have been birds trying to eat their crops. And throughout the ages, farmers have tried to come up with ingenious ways to scare them off. But do scarecrows in your garden really work? Read on to find out.
Ladybug or lady beetle

How To Use Predator Insects to Control Garden Pests

One of the best ways to control pests in your garden organically is through the use of beneficial predatory insects. Sometimes all you need to do is encourage the natural predators that already live in your yard; but you can also take steps to increase the population. Read on to find out more.
Pots full of compost and alfalfa

Homemade Nutrient Rich Organic Tea for Plants

Find out how to make a homemade, nutrient rich, organic tea from compost and alfalfa to use for watering your plants. Watch this video to find out more.
PVC pipe inserted in compost pile for aeration

How to Aerate a Compost Pile Using Perforated PVC Pipe

Compost piles are usually aerated by turned with a pitchfork, but pieces of perforated PVC pipe can also be inserted into the pile to provide oxygen to the center of the pile. Watch this video to find out more.
Bag of peat and vermiculite mix.

Guide to Soil Amendments for Your Garden

There are lots of different soil amendments to choose from to improve the soil in your garden, and each has its own particular properties. Read on for a handy guide to some of the most common soil amendments available for your garden.
Bag of compost and manure fertilizer

Organic Sources of Nitrogen for Your Lawn or Garden

Nitrogen is a very important nutrient for plant growth. Most chemical sources of nitrogen are made from processed fossil fuels; but there are plenty of natural, organic options available that work just as well. Read on to find out more.
Grape leaffolder caterpillars on grape leaf

Using Bt for Organic Caterpillar Control in Your Garden

If caterpillars are devouring your garden, one safe and effective way to get rid of them is by applying Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis), a naturally occurring, organic bacteria that can be applied as a liquid or powder. Read on to find out more.
Tomato plants surrounded by straw mulch

Weed-Proofing a Vegetable Garden

After planting her garden, my grandmother would spread layers of old newspaper between the rows, topped with straw, to make a weed-suppressing barrier that still let moisture through. This year I decided to give her method a try myself. Read on to find out how I went about it.
Basil growing near tomatoes in a container garden.

Does Planting Basil Near Tomato Plants Repel Insects?

“I read somewhere that if you plant basil with tomatoes, it will repel insects and make the tomatoes taste better. Is there any truth to that?”

While there’s little scientific evidence, basil is thought to be a natural deterrent for several insect pests. Read on to find out more.