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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.

Earth Day gardening. Close-up of a woman's hand planting a young basil seedling in a peat pot into the soil. The gardener is wearing a blue shirt. The basil seedling has vibrant green leaves that are smooth, glossy, and tender. These leaves are oval-shaped with a pointed tip and serrated edges, arranged in pairs along the stem.

Gardening Tips

7 Eco-Friendly Garden Practices to Adopt for Earth Day

If you want to nourish Mother Nature while growing food as sustainably as possible, these 7 eco-friendly upgrades are perfect for Earth Day! Garden expert and former organic farmer Logan Hailey explains why and how these simple efforts can make a tremendous difference for local ecosystems, waterways, and waste reduction.

Between rows of thriving bell pepper plants, a lengthy, dark tarp stretches out on the ground, providing a stark contrast against the vibrant greenery. The morning sun cascades over the lush plants, casting a golden hue on the leaves.

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Occultation: 8 Ways to Use Tarp in the Garden

What if your garden beds could clear themselves of weeds and old crop residues? Former organic farmer Logan Hailey explains how you can use tarps to make gardening easier. With these weed-smothering, soil-protective uses, a tarp may become your new favorite tool in the tool shed!

when plant potatoes. Close-up of a gardener's hands planting potatoes in the soil in a spring garden. Potato tubers have an oblong shape with a smooth skin. The gardener is wearing white and green gloves.

Edible

When Should You Plant Potatoes?

The best potato planting time depends on your climate and spud variety. Garden expert and former organic farmer Logan Hailey digs into when you should plant homegrown potatoes.

Bluebonnets and crimson flowers blanket the Texas hill countryside, adding bursts of color to the landscape. The warm glow of the sun bathes the blossoms, highlighting their natural beauty.

Flowers

27 Beautiful Texas Wildflowers

The Lone Star State is home to a tremendous diversity of colorful wildflowers adapted to even the hottest, driest summers. Former organic farmer and Texan gardener Logan Hailey digs into the best native flowers for a low-maintenance pollinator-friendly landscape.

View of a monoculture garden with growing rows of lettuce. Lettuce presents a crisp and vibrant appearance with its rosette of tender, leafy greens. The leaves are smooth and round with a slightly wrinkled texture, form a dense cluster at the base of the plant.

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What is a Monoculture?

Monoculture plantings can cause big problems with pests, diseases, and soil health. Garden expert and former organic farmer Logan Hailey explains the meaning of monoculture, why it’s problematic, and how to create more sustainable gardens and farms.

Close-up of olla clay jug on green grass in the garden. The olla clay jug is a traditional, handcrafted vessel made from terracotta or clay, distinguished by its bulbous body and narrow neck.

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How and Why to Use an Olla to Water Your Garden

If you accidentally underwater or over-irrigate your plants, an olla makes it simple to water your garden with the perfect moisture balance. Former organic farmer and garden expert Logan Hailey digs into the benefits of an olla and how to use it for even, consistent watering.

Spring fertilizing. Close-up of a gardener's hand in a black glove applying fertilizer to young lettuce in the spring garden. He applies fertilizer with a blue garden trowel. The salad has a rosette of oval, oblong, wide green leaves.

Fertilizer

11 Tips for Fertilizing Your Garden this Spring

As your garden awakens from a cold, dormant winter, now is the time to nourish your plants for a flourishing season ahead. Former organic farmer and garden expert Logan Hailey explains 11 essential tips for optimizing spring fertilization.

Pennsylvania growing zones. Close-up of a garden with native plants in bloom. Bright yellow Heliopsis helianthoides, lavender Wild bergamot, and purple Echinacea-purpurea bloom in the flowerbed.

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Which Growing Zones Are in Pennsylvania?

Known for its Philly cheesesteaks and Amish communities, Pennsylvania is a diverse state for gardening. It encompasses three main growing zones and beautiful native perennial plants. Garden expert Logan Hailey explains the key growing zones in Pennsylvania and gives advice for choosing winter hardy plants.

Hugelkultur is one of the popular ancient gardening methods. The Hugelkultur method is a gardening technique characterized by its raised beds built from mounds of decaying organic matter, such as logs, branches, leaves, and other plant materials. The gardener's hands in yellow gloves add branches to the garden bed.

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5 Ancient Gardening Methods That Work in the Modern Garden

From passive clay pot irrigation to clever combinations of plants, we can leverage natural ancient gardening methods by using our local resources to create more ecological modern gardens. Former organic farmer Logan Hailey digs into five ancient methods for nourishing your soil and improving crop yields without fancy technology.

Carrots are one of the early spring vegetables. Close-up of a gardener holding a freshly picked bunch of carrots in the garden. Carrots have a slender, cylindrical shape with tapered ends, featuring vibrant orange skin. Their surface is smooth and slightly textured with fine root hairs. The leafy green tops are feathery and lush, contrasting beautifully with the bright hue of the root.

Vegetables

15 Best Early Spring Vegetables

Chilly nights, lengthening days, and spring rains are the perfect conditions for your favorite cool-weather greens, roots, and snacks to flourish in your garden. Former organic farmer Logan Hailey digs into the best early spring vegetables to plant while your garden is waking up.

Soil test benefits. Close-up of a woman's hand scooping up soil with a small shovel in the garden to place it in a glass test tube. The soil is slightly moist, dark brown. A small seedling with a pair of smooth cotyledons grows in the soil.

Soil Improvement

5 Benefits of Doing a Garden Soil Test

How do you find out what’s in your soil? A soil test kit offers huge benefits for your garden health and your wallet. Instead of blindly applying fertilizer or making rough estimates of soil pH, you can save money and time with real data about your garden soil. Former organic farmer Logan Hailey explains the benefits of soil testing and how to do it as a beginner.