Author: Jodi

This has been an ongoing project since I was twelve when my mother let me dig up a ten by twenty foot section of the backyard to put in what was to be my first gardening failure er, learning experience. Mom knew more about composting than I did and I had no idea I was going to have to 'save' all that icky stuff in the kitchen for that nasty 'pile' in the backyard!

Ideal Temperatures for Seed Germination

pea seed germination

Seeds germinate (begin to grow/develop) at different rates. Some need warmer temperatures than others. Some seeds actually need light to germinate (like lettuce). Use the chart below to achieve more success starting your garden seeds growing! Shown below are the…

Keep Plants Green with Gray Water

using grey water to keep your plants green

In times of drought, most organic home gardeners must ration their water usage, watering vegetables and favorite flowers while watching their lawns and other plants wither. But across the country some intrepid gardeners are foregoing the tap and turning to another source: gray water.

Growing Lettuce in Containers

grow lettuce in a container

Why grow lettuce in a pot? In my case it is because the snails and slugs will not let me enjoy fresh, tender lettuce, straight from the garden. For some reason, they have not yet discovered it when grown with…

How to Grow Lettuce

buttercrunch lettuce

Lettuce is a most poplar garden crop. Lettuce is easily grown and adds color and beauty to the home garden. One good reason for its popularity (aside from the fact that it tastes good!) is that lettuce is hardy and…

Not at Home on the Range

Subsidized Fracking Hits Colorado This is an interesting article documenting the connections between tax subsidies, oil and gas fracking, and harms to the public health. And this article indicates that this kind of extreme oil production is NOT a free…

Right to Farm equals No Right to Grow Food

Yesterday, Missouri passed by a .03% margin an undemocratic constitutional amendment cynically called “right to farm.” Big Ag is pushing this in Oklahoma. This is for the benefit of multinational meat companies (Tyson) and chemical companies (Monsanto). They want it…