Hot Tip: Put Old Gardening Magazines to Use

And we don't mean that in the "use 'em for compost" way. While the same may not be true for fashion, design, or lifestyle magazines, we learned something totally useful this week. Gardening magazines (and books for that matter) don't really go out of style. Flipping through a 2002 issue of Organic Gardening, we realized that every page held a relevant tip, even almost a decade later. The best part?

Backissues of gardening magazines can be found at thrift stores for mere pennies. To emphasize the relevancy, the particular issue of OG we got our paws on held sixty gardening tips from the last sixty years (which is how long OG has been published, if you can believe it!). From how to ventilate your compost pile (a tip from 1946) to starting seeds in a wheelbarrow (March 1970), and even extending winter crops using a cold frame (a gem from 1988), we found useful information for our own gardening endeavors at every turn!

We learned so much that now we're on the hunt for more back issues. And sure, most of this information is available online, but we like having a magazine at our fingertips. There's something to be said for this kind of lasting information—going back to the basics for gardening tips makes perfect sense.

Have you found helpful hints in old gardening magazines or books? Share your favorite tip!

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