Natural Pest Repellents

Create conditions that make pest problems minimal by welcoming a complex biological community in your organic garden. Encouraging the predators that catch and eat the pests is a good plan. Encourage beneficial insects like, Butterflies, Bees, Ladybugs, Lacewings, and Praying Mantis, to come to your garden by planting wild flowers, native plants, and herbs. Ladybugs…

Lori Cameron’s Organic Bug Spray

Organic gardeners can spray this easy-to-make bug spray on any edible or non edible garden plants that show evidence of bug damage and not harm the environment. Chemical sprays and pesticides kill bees, butterflies, and other pollinators needed to produce crops. These toxic long lasting chemicals have harmed our environment, contaminated our rivers and drinking…

Organic Garden Beets

Sweet organic beets are an amazing winter crop for your raised bed garden that come in magenta, marigold, orange, and pink and white bull’s eye patterned varieties. Their shapes vary from round through cylindrical to tapered varieties. Plant organic seeds ½ inch deep at three inch intervals in a raised bed garden for an abundant…

Organic Garden Cauliflower and Broccoli

Cauliflower and broccoli are wonderful winter veggies packed with nutrition and beautiful landscape plants in an organic backyard veggie garden. Both cauliflower and broccoli are prolific annual cool season crops, hardy to frost and taste better after a light freeze, making them great crops to plant in the fall in Southern California.  Cauliflower has abundant…

Fall Leaves and Mulch

Fall foliage in brilliant yellow, orange, and red appear as autumn’s cool nights and shorter days trigger the photosynthesis to shut down, toning down the green in the leaves and allowing other colors to emerge. When the leaves fall to the ground around the base of the tree, the antioxidants in these colors are absorbed…

Fall Garden Map

Organic gardeners can plan their Fall Veggie Garden by creating a picture of their raised garden beds in a sunny area where veggies can get at least six hours of sun a day. If this is a new garden, choose a southern exposure to the sun which is best for most plants. Fill the beds…

Fall Planting: Onions and Garlic

In California, organic onion seeds can be sowed in starter packs in late summer, these starters can be planted in October, along with individual cloves of garlic which can be planted with the pointed end up in a raised bed garden. Place the raised bed in an area that gets six hours sun a day,…

Come and Cut again Garden

Gardeners in California can plant a vibrant salad garden in the fall for tasty salad greens all winter long. Lettuces, spinach, arugula, chard, mustard, and other salad fixings thrive in cooler temperatures as the frost gives them a sweeter, richer taste and more vivid colors. Plant an organic seed mix of salad greens in a…

Pest Free Organic Gardening

A natural vegetable garden ecosystem lets Nature take its course by attracting beneficial bugs to eat up the pests that devour the veggies. As no poison is safe, gardeners can deter pests and critters using organic gardening techniques, growing their food in organic raised bed gardens in a complex biological community creating conditions that make…

Growing Perennial Veggies

Instead of growing veggies in a patch of straight rows of crops, gardeners can plant a variety of interesting perennial edibles in a relaxed design in the landscape around their home. To grow perennial veggies, check plant labels at the nursery to discover their winter hardiness, as it is important to get the right variety…