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Start planting now with ‘winter sowing’

Even in the bitter cold months of winter, you can start planting your spring garden outside using these ideas for homemade, mini greenhouses made from recycled containers.

Winter sowing is a popular method of starting seeds early in tiny greenhouses made from empty milk jugs. The process is inexpensive, uses recycled materials, requires no electricity, produces […]

Create gardener’s “gold” from falling leaves

Are you looking at a growing pile of fallen leaves? Here’s how to take advantage of this season’s gardener’s “gold,” get free fertilizer for next year’s garden, and help slow climate change by sequestering carbon in the soil.

“This leaf season offers an opportunity to take action to slow global warming in our own yards,” says […]

Winterize rain barrels with 3 easy steps

As Midwest weather begins dipping into freezing temperatures, follow this simple advice to prevent your rain barrel from turning into a giant ice cube and to keep it low-maintenance year round.

Rain barrels have become increasingly popular in helping to conserve water use in the garden. They usually require very little care, but a few season-ending tasks […]

It’s time to plant garlic for spring harvest

As most gardeners are cleaning up their vegetable garden beds, there’s one savory edible that can be planted now for an early summer harvest. It’s time to plant garlic.

Planting garlic (Allium sativum), a crop native to Central Asia and grown for more than 5,000 years, is a quintessential fall garden activity. There are so many […]

Watch a Climate Friendly Yard Makeover

Gardeners and homeowners are invited to watch (or volunteer) at the planting of nearly 700 native plants during the installation of the first Climate Friendly Yard Makeover.

The Climate-Friendly Yard Makeover (CFYM) is a demonstration project of Missouri Organic Recycling (MOR) and its partners. Three homeowners were selected as winners last spring, and the first garden is […]