The Best Organic Gardening Tips and Tricks of the Year

bowl of of garden tomatoes with organic gardening tips

I saw a post on social media this week from a large plant grower who wrote, “You might not be thinking about gardening right now, but we’re busy growing millions of plants for next spring.”

And I thought to myself, “I think about my garden every single day of the entire year. Doesn’t everyone?”

For many of us, gardening isn’t just a hobby, it’s a lifestyle. It influences every aspect of our lives, from the food we eat and cook with, to the books, magazines and websites we read, to how we spend our free time.

The deeper we delve into this craft of ours the more we realize how much there is to learn. The details of gardening are what breathe life into this pursuit and keep it interesting, engaging…and even addicting.

Over the last 11 months, hundreds of thousands of passionate gardeners have visited my website. And you’re one of these amazing people! I’m so grateful that you’re a part of my community and that you love gardening as much as I do.

Together, we’re honing our skills and diving deeper into our shared craft. This website, my teaching, and my writing will always be about educating and encouraging you to get the most from your garden — the most joy, food, beauty, peace, and connection.

Thank you for being a part of my gardening journey this year, and sharing yours with me.

Since this blog post is all about you (and how awesome you are!), I thought I’d share the most popular organic gardening tips of this year as determined by lovely readers like you.

The Best Organic Gardening Tips and Tricks of the Year

planting garlic with sustainable gardening tips

Why You Should Plant Garlic This Year

Did a garlic planting frenzy overtake the gardening world this fall? This was by far the most popular post on my site this year. Based on this, my humble prediction is that garlic will soon explode on the scene as the next trendy vegetable. Mark my words…

Read the post here.


perennial flower garden with tips for growing an organic garden

The #1 Mistake of Flower Garden Design

Have you ever wondered why you just can’t quite get your perennial flower garden to come together the way you envision? It could be because you’re unknowingly falling prey to this common mistake. I’ve made it many times!


How to prune tomato plants organic gardening tips

How to Prune Your Tomato Plants

Tomatoes are one of the most common vegetables we grow in our gardens, yet the plants can turn into big clumsy monsters that flop and fall all over our gardens, shading and smothering the defenseless vegetables around them.

The answer? Pruning. I walk you through it step by step in this post, complete with a bonus video filmed in my garden! This is the second most popular organic gardening trick on my site.


garlic harvest from garden with organic gardening tips and tricks

How to Harvest & Cure Your Garlic

The garlic craze continues! Since so many of you planted garlic this fall, come next summer you’re going to need to know how to harvest and cure it so you can cook with it all winter long. Oh, and use it to keep away the vampires and zombies…

Read the post here, with another bonus video.


harvesting tomatoes from the garden tips for organic gardening

Get the Most From Your Garden

The fifth most visited post was actually a page on my website – my home page. It’s likely that when you come to my website you’re doing so through a specific blog post. That’s how most people interact with my site.

But, my homepage has links to three great resources on it: you can take a tour of my garden, read hand-picked organic gardening tips for gardeners of all levels, and view the top blog posts of whichever season we’re in.

If you’ve never been to this page, you’re really missing out!

The seed catalogs are arriving and with single digit temperatures in the 10-day forecast for Madison this current season is coming to a close. The good news about that is now we can start dreaming and planning for the next one! I look forward to continuing the gardening journey with you and getting to know you, and your garden, better.


More tips to help you get the most from your garden:

4 Ways to Add More Beauty to Your Garden

How to Preserve Food Even if You Have No Time

5 Reasons to Start Your Own Seeds






  • sharif hamzah

    – um always thinking of my garden as well – can’t wait till spring – might even go over to one of ya classes at willy, if ya having one in the near future – really enjoyed the last one that i attended with ya – my garden this past summer was much improved because of what i learned at ya class – reef –

    • Hey Reef- I won’t have any classes at Willy St. in 2018, but I will be teaching two at Olbrich and one at Pinney Library. Glad you enjoyed the last one! Thanks for stopping by.

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