compost

  • cow to produce manure
    How-To

    Learn How to Use Manure for a Healthier Garden

    I first became acquainted with the wonders of manure when my wife and I bought a small farm years ago. Not long after we moved in, we purchased a horse—and…

  • three-bin composting system
    Article

    Tips and Tricks from a Mid-Atlantic Master Composter

    Compost is a fundamental garden amendment that enriches soil and provides nutrients to plants. But where do you start on making your own? I talked to Gail Hermenau, Master Gardener…

  • Pitchfork with ingredients to make compost
    How-To

    6 Ways To Make More Compost

    My grandmother, who managed a working farm in my birthplace of Malta, gave me my first lesson on soil health when I was about seven. As we harvested lettuce for…

  • Kitchen Gardening

    Critters in Your Compost?

    Contrary to popular belief, compost doesn’t “just happen.” Although, from the outside, you might see nothing more than a pile of rotting leaves and grass clippings, inside that pile a…

  • How-To

    Get Serious About Compost: How to Make More, Better, Faster

    Compost is not fertilizer. The sooner a gardener embraces this reality, the better. But gardener’s gold does have an undeniable importance in the garden: to feed the billions of critters…

  • Collection

    Everything You Need to Know About Composting

    Many gardeners believe that utilizing compost is an integral part of creating a healthier garden ecosystem.   Why Should You Compost? Composting helps recycle organic material and food scraps that…

  • Design

    Before and After Down Under

    Brian Mazzer sent in these images of his garden today and what it looked like when he first bought it. I bought my house in the suburb of Holland Park…

  • Kitchen Gardening

    Compost and Mulch

    Today’s garden belongs to Julie Hammond. She writes: I am an avid gardener in Peoria, Illinois, expanding plantings with divisions and markdowns. I learned the hard way that compost and…

  • Article

    Beautiful, Bountiful Kale

    Kale’s popularity has taken off over the past decade, partly because it has been recognized by science as a “super food” but also because it is wonderfully delicious. It is…

  • Article

    Grow Your Own Microgreens

    Since I have been growing microgreens commercially, I have seen their popularity take off. Countless fine restaurants have added them to their menus, and customers have started seeking them out…