Make Your Own Coldframe

coldframe_300coldframe—simply an enclosed area with a clear top to let in sunlight—is one of the easiest ways to extend your growing and harvest season. All you need are a few basic supplies and your imagination. (Imagine: crunchy fresh lettucefor the holidays!) Here’s what to do.

Start at the Top
The only essential for the frame’s cover is that light gets through. Almost any transparent material will work: glass, fiberglass, polyethylene, or flexible greenhouse coverings—the differences between them are insignificant. (more…)

Second Harvest

winterYour vegetable garden is most likely at its peak of production right about now, with basketloads of summer favorites ripening every day. In just a few short weeks, though, the season for tomatoes, cucumbers, and other warm-weather crops ends. Good news: You don't have to wait until next spring to harvest more fresh vegetables from your garden. This week, you can plant a variety of crops that thrive in the cool temperatures of fall and some that even tolerate winter temperatures in the North. (more…)

A Kickstarter to kick off your backyard garden

nourishmatGrowing vegetables in your own backyard is about to get really, really easy. The Nourishmat is a 4-foot by 6-foot garden system that comes with just about everything you need to get growing: organic seeds, fertilizer, and a mat that provides instructions and a map of holes that will spaces your seeds perfectly. The seeds are embedded in balls of fertilizer, clay and chili powder, which nourishes the seeds while keeping pests away. All you have to do is push the ball halfway into the soil--no tilling required. The perfect amount of water is delivered through a perforated drip system that's filled by attaching a garden hose to the mat. (more…)

The New Generation

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Meet six young horticulturists who are helping to shape how America gardens.


Toward the end of the 20th century, horticultural trailblazers introduced remarkable plants, took risks with design, and presented innovative techniques. The success of these public and private garden makers, nurserymen, plant explorers, and writers made them well known and well regarded, even famous.

Fast-forward to today: Who are some of the young professionals who will have an impact on gardening in the years to come? These people are not yet celebrities, but that may just be a matter of time. We looked for some of the next-generation stars of horticulture to discover their philosophies and what they see for the future of gardening in America. (more…)

Native Son Farm Spring & Summer CSA

It's time to sign up for Native Son Farm's Spring and Summer CSA!

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What is a CSA?

CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture.  It is a commitment between individuals or families and farmers.  People buy into the farm as members at the start of a growing season and in exchange receive a weekly or bi weekly share of the farm's harvest. (more…)

Mississippi farm and restaurant join to help promote the farm-to-table movement

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Miss. farm, restaurant join forces to promote revolution in Southern food culture. Standing in a field at Old Thyme Farms just outside Oxford, Miss., a group of kids participating in the University of Mississippi summer camp, Rebel Quest, listens intently … Continue reading