Organic Gardening and Farming Forum

If you're an organic gardening or farming enthusiast - or even if you're a complete beginner - then you must have tons of organic growing experiences to share.

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Codling Moths are Driving Me Crazy! 
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Can you grow veges in pure manure? 
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Woodrow's Permaculture Garden System 
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Wicking Beds 
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Natural Weed Control 
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Ever Used Spiral Tree Guards? 
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Seed starter mix 
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