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Spraying houseplant with insecticidal soap

How to Use Insecticidal Soap on Plants

Problems with spider mites? Give your plants a bath using insecticidal soap! Made from a simple soap solution, insecticidal soap is a greener, more eco-friendly approach to controlling soft-bodied insects in the garden and on houseplants. Read on to find out more about using insecticidal soap on your plants.
Products containing pyrethrum insecticide

Is Pyrethrum a Safe Organic Pesticide?

"What is pyrethrum? Is it a safe organic pesticide?"

Pyrethrum refers to the daisy from which the insecticide pyrethrin is extracted. Read on for more information about the organic aspects and safety of pyrethrum.

Lawn Treatments That Are Safe for Birds

Jean asks, “Are there any lawn treatments that are safe for birds?”

Pesticides, can be highly toxic to birds, both by directly poisoning them and altering the ecosystem they depend on for survival. Read on to find out how to keep your lawn safe for birds.
Broccoli plant

How to Grow Broccoli in Your Vegetable Garden

Broccoli is one of the most nutritious on the planet, and it's easy to grow. Read on to find out how to grow broccoli in your garden.

How to Compost Cooked Foods, Meats, and Dairy

Most general composting guidelines recommend against composting cooked foods. This may seem a little confusing – if something rots, it should be able to be composted, right? And it's true, there are people out there composting anything and everything. However, some items – including cooked foods – shouldn't be composted unless you take certain precautions. Read on for some tips to help you get started.

How to Use Neem Oil in Your Garden

Here's everything you need to know about neem oil, a popular choice for organic insect and disease control. Read on to find out more.

Dinner with a Side of Garbage

Over by the fence, I've got a little compost pile, and this year I decided to challenge myself to compost everything I can. See, sometimes I get in a hurry, and before I realize it I've tossed the cutting board scraps into the trash. I try to remember, but I'm a person who likes systems, and this was a project in need of a system. Read on to find out my simple solution.

95 Items You Can Compost

Beth asks, “What can I put in my compost pile?"

You can put all kinds of chopped and shredded things in there. Here's a list of compostable items, including a few that might surprise you. Read on to find out.

Organic Gardening 101

Instead of using synthetic or toxic chemicals, organic gardeners create a natural garden ecosystem that gives more to the earth than it takes away. More than anything else, organic gardening requires altering your mindset about gardening. Here are three basic concepts to get you started on your path to an organic garden.