Organic Gardening

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.

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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.

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How to Use Neem Oil in Your Garden

Sherry asks, “When I read about organic gardening, I see a lot of references to neem oil. What is it, and how do I use it in my garden?”

Neem oil is made from the seeds of the neem tree and is a popular choice for organic insect and disease control. Read on to find out more.

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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.

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What Can I 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.

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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.

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Green Eco-Friendly Tips for Your Lawn and Garden

These days, we’re all looking for ways to reduce our carbon footprint and to contribute to a greener planet. But where does one begin? Going green doesn’t need to be overwhelming – in fact, once you adopt a few eco-friendly habits, you’ll find yourself naturally gravitating toward green choices. Read on for six easy resolutions toward a greener life for your yard and garden.

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Christmas tree branches in leaves.

How to Recycle a Christmas Tree

Christmas trees, wreaths, and garland may be a bit dried out, but they can still serve a purpose in the garden. Rather than throwing your holiday decorations in the trash, consider recycling them in the garden and allowing them to return to the earth in a natural way. Here are some tips and ideas for recycling your holiday greenery.

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