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April/May 2014
Vol. 61, No. 3

FEATURES
A Best-Practices Guide to Growing Tomatoes
Follow these seed-to-harvest pointers for a bumper crop of America's favorite home-grown vegetable: the incomparable tomato.
By Doug Hall

Next Generation 2.0
Four up-and-coming horticulturists bring new ideas and perspectives to their profession, giving the rest of us a glimpse into the future of gardening.
By Ken Druse

Cucumbers Reconsidered
From heritage varieties to new hybrids, cucumbers offer home gardeners a surprising array of choices. Sample a few this summer.
By Amy Grisak

United Nations of Bread
Hot Bread Kitchen helps foreign-born women polish their culinary and language skills while selling authentic ethnic breads to appreciative New Yorkers.
By Nancy Matsumoto

DEPARTMENTS
Thought Lines
The editor hits the road.

Contributors
Meet a few of the experts who share their wisdom in this issue.

We Hear You
Plants our readers live; more on herbal pet care.

We Love This Tip!
Advice for controlling pests and blending compost ingredients.

Design Dilemmas
Garden design with fences, hedges, and walls.

Skills & Abilities
How to build a recirculating water feature.

We Like This!
A selection of products that promote healing.

Food Central
Celebreate asparagus, one of spring's first crops.

Biome
Visit Ireland's historic Kylemore Abbey.

Simply Fresh
Three recipes that showcase tangy rhubarb.

Pay Dirt
Composting is second nature to the industrious red wiggler worm.

Ask Organic Gardening
Growing okra and sweet potatoes in short-summer climates; rooting cuttings without hormones.

Good Bug, Bad Bug
Ground beetles are valuable team players in the organic garden.

Earth Matters
The challenges of using VA loans to buy farmland; the fiesty wren.

Common Ground
In organic marketing, tiny Denmark leads the world.

Find It Here
Get more information about the people, places, and products from this issue.

Maria's Page
A tilled garden in spring is like a fresh canvas awaiting an artist's inspiration.

On the Cover: Photographer Ellen Hoverkamp uses a flatbed scanner to capture the depth of form and texture in plants, as seen in "Natural Companions" featured in the April/May 2012 issue of Organic Gardening.

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