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Logan Hailey

Logan Hailey is a passionate garden writer and former ecological farmer. She has a BS in sustainable horticulture and has been featured by MSN.com, Thrillist, and Apartment Therapy as well as many other major news outlets for her gardening expertise.

A bowl full of kitchen waste, vegetables, fruits, eggshell, coffee grounds, is added to a composter to turn into bio fertilizer.

Soil Improvement

Compost Basics: How to Balance Greens and Browns

The biggest confusion beginners face with compost is balancing nitrogen-rich inputs (greens) and carbon-heavy inputs (browns). In this article, garden expert and organic farmer Logan Hailey explains everything you need to know about balancing the carbon-nitrogen ratio for odor-free, quality home compost.

Bright red Cherry tomato plant, hanging over a basket inside a greenhouse

Edible

How to Grow Tomatoes in Hanging Baskets

Hanging baskets aren’t only for petunias and calibrachoa; they can grow tomatoes, too! In this article, garden expert Logan Hailey explains how to grow hanging planters for ornamental and edible enjoyment.

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Edible

Should You Refrigerate Tomatoes?

There’s a lot of debate about whether or not you should refrigerate tomatoes. Will it reduce their flavor? Will it lengthen their storage time? Will it halt ripening? In this article, former organic farmer Logan Hailey explains when tomato refrigeration is beneficial and when it is not.

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Fruits

How to Propagate Dragon Fruit in 12 Steps

Growing a tropical fruiting cactus is easier than you think! If you can take herb cuttings, then you can propagate dragon fruit. Garden expert Logan Hailey explains the most important steps for beginning (or expanding) your dragon fruit garden.

Close-up of a gardener with blue pruning shears preparing to prune a squash plant with large green foliage and oblong light green fruits.

Vegetables

How to Prune Squash Plants for Bigger, Better Yields

Many vining plants benefit from pruning, and squash is no exception! If you want to maximize your yields, consider pruning these rambling vines for increased pollination, airflow, and squash production. Former organic farmer Logan Hailey explains how to prune the simple way.

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Weeds

How and Why to Burn Your Weeds

We usually don’t want fires in our garden, but flame weeding can provide a quick solution for aggressive weed seedlings. In this article, organic farmer Logan Hailey explains how to burn your weeds and important safety precautions to consider before grabbing a torch.

Close-up of a gardener's hands planting a young kohlrabi seedling into the soil in a sunny summer garden, carefully avoiding beginner gardening mistakes.

Gardening Tips

12 Beginner Gardening Mistakes to Avoid This Summer

With so much information and conflicting advice, starting a garden can be overwhelming. Fortunately, most errors are easy to avoid and fix. In this article, garden expert and former organic farmer Logan Hailey helps you avoid the biggest beginner gardening mistakes this summer and what to do instead.

Close-up of a gardener's hand in a gray glove showing a slug eating arugula leaves in the garden due to mistakes made in pest control.

Garden Pests

7 Mistakes to Avoid When Fighting Garden Pests

Pest infestations can get out of hand quickly, but harsh sprays and reactive techniques aren’t always the answer. Some pest management mistakes can even make the bug pressure worse! In this article, former organic farmer Logan Hailey explains how to avoid the most common mistakes when fighting garden pests.

The eggplant plant is one of the vegetables that can be planted in July, features broad, slightly fuzzy green leaves and produces glossy, purple, oval-shaped fruits.

Vegetables

23 Vegetables and Companion Plants You Can Plant in July

Spring is not the only time to plant a garden! Early summer plantings are key to abundant fall harvests. The crops you plant in July can yield throughout late summer and autumn. In this article, former organic farmer Logan Hailey explains the best vegetables to plant this month!