Vegetable Gardening and Composting
From Beginning to Master Gardener

Welcome! Whether you're a newbie to vegetable gardening or are an old hand, you'll find tutorials and solutions here. My goal is to provide everything you need to know to grow vibrant, organic, nutrient-dense vegetables, with the least amount of work and the most respect for the soil and its ecosystem possible.

Mission: To share the latest, cutting-edge knowledge of nutrient-dense vegetable gardening by providing accurate, easy-to-understand articles and photography.

A Quick Tour of Some Favorites

How To Make Compost
What to use, best bins, and a homemade bin plan 

Growing Vegetables A-Z
The doorway to everything from Artichokes to Zucchini!

Starting Seeds Indoors
Best containers, lights, & free Seed Starting Planner 

Raised Bed
Vegetable Garden

Tips and gallery of designs

Container Vegetables
From selt-waterers to upside-down tomatoes

Gardening Tools
What works and what doesn't, plus Lorraine's faves

Gardening Tips

These 12 tips are not
just for beginners!

Garden Layout

Tools and tips for planning your dream garden

Vertical Vegetable Gardening
Best ideas for
'growing up'!

You Don't Have to Learn the Hard Way...

When I started my first organic garden in 1985, I made a bunch of mistakes. I wasted money on tools that didn't work, made compost that smelled so bad the neighbors complained, and grew corn with empty ears. I harvested zucchinis the size of small cars (not a good thing). I tilled until the soil was fluffy - but the worms and soil ecosystem were pretty well dead. I've learned a lot in the last 35 years, from experience and from studying cutting-edge organic agriculture. I started this site to share what I've learned, so you can learn from my mistakes.

Organic gardening grew into the passion of my life, and I majored in botany in college, which eventually led to my teaching the organic horticulture program at Naropa University. Now I run this site to provide all the information you need in one place - so that you can spend more time outside in the garden, and less time searching the web.

More Goodies

If you're a visual learner, you might like to visit my Pinterest page at Lorraine's Garden, which has a lot of useful and beautiful ideas from others.

If you'd like to get the latest tips, photos, and a recipe or two every month, you can sign up for the free newsletter Lorraine's Garden. (Subscribe using the box on the upper right.)

Chime In and Share Your Photos and Stories

This site is also a community garden of sorts, where you can create your own page and share your photos and experience, and have your friends and others comment on them. Use the form below to participate and share what you know. 

Create Your Own Page Here!

Do you have a raised bed or trellis idea to share? Bragging rights to a monster pumpkin, or a mistake you made that you can only laugh about in hindsight? Share it here by creating your own personal page on this site, which your family, friends and others can see and comment on. Jump on in and get your hands dirty. We know your thumbs are green!

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Quote Garden

"To forget how to dig the earth and tend the soil is to forget ourselves"

---Mahatma Gandhi

"All my hurts my garden spade can heal."
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"I'm not really a career person. I'm a gardener, basically."
--- George Harrison

"Help us to be ever faithful gardeners of the spirit, who know that without darkness nothing comes to birth, and without light nothing flowers."
--- May Sarton

"When the world wearies and society fails to satisfy, There is always the garden."

--- Minnie Aumonier