About Aaron von Frank

Cofounder of GrowJourney.com. Aaron is an organic gardening teacher, duck evangelist, writer, health nut, and entrepreneur. He's also a farm consultant for Oak Hill Cafe & Farm, a no-till, permaculture, farm-to-table restaurant in Greenville, SC (right down the street from his alma mater, Furman University). In addition to their collaboration on GrowJourney, Aaron and his wife, Susan, are cofounders of TyrantFarms.com, a popular blog dedicated to garden-to-table cooking, foraging, wild mushrooms, heritage breed ducks, and parenting. Aaron also writes for Edible Upcountry Magazine, WordPress (.com), Daily Harvest Express, Healthy Minds and other food, health, and tech-related organizations. He serves on the board of the Diversified Agriculture Committee for the South Carolina Farm Bureau.

6 ways to prevent or stop squash vine borers

Squash vine borers are one of the most common and destructive pests, killing countless summer and winter squash plants each year. Here's how to identify squash vine borers, plus how to prevent them or stop

How to make big, strong DIY tomato cages that will last for a decade

Tired of small, flimsy tomato cages that get swallowed and crushed by your indeterminate tomato plants? Here's how to make your own DIY tomato cages that are large, strong, and built to last.  How to

How to work with insects to grow an amazing garden

95% of insects are beneficial or benign. Insects are necessary for a healthy, productive garden, and they play an essential role in nature. Learn to work with insects to become a better organic gardener.  Updated: May

Five Tomato Growing Tricks You Need to Start Using

These five tomato growing tricks will help you grow your best tomatoes ever this summer! Last updated: May 8, 2019  If you're like most people, tomatoes are probably the first thing that comes to mind

Top 5 reasons you keep killing your potted tomato plants

Trying to figure out the right way to grow potted tomatoes without killing them? We'll show you the five most common ways people kill their potted tomato plants, and how you can avoid making the

Oh, kale no! Organic pest control for kale & brassica pest insects.

Learn about organic pest control for your kale and brassica plants if you're tired of your insects getting more food from your garden than you do.   Last updated: May 6, 2019 Our edible organic landscape is a

How to grow microgreens (and use up your extra seeds)

Learn how to grow microgreens to boost the nutrition in your food, make gorgeous plated dishes, and use up all those extra seeds you’ve been storing! Last updated: May 1, 2019 Despite only having a 1/3 acre garden, my wife and I have saved, bought, and been gifted enough seeds over the years to probably have a 100 acre farm. We didn’t intend to be seed hoarders, it just sort of happened. While many seed varieties can last for years or even decades properly stored indoors, we’ve come to realize that it might not be feasible to devote an entire room of our house to our personal seed library. What to do with all those extra seeds? Radish microgreens we grew atop one of Chef David Porras’s unknown but incredibly delicious concoctions.

How to Make Your Own DIY Seed Starting Mix For Garden Seeds

Gardening soil, potting soil, seed starting mix - isn't it all the same stuff? Nope. In this article we'll tell you the difference and share our DIY seed starting recipe.  Many new gardeners don't understand the

8 Ways To Kill Your Garden Seedlings

Are your indoor garden seedlings weak, dead, or dying? In this article, you’ll find out what’s happening – and what to do about it. You got excited about gardening so you got some seed packets.  You brought your seeds home, plopped them in seed cells, and voila! You kill them all… assuming they even germinated in the first place. If this sounds like you, please read on…

Tip: How to Avoid or Fix Compacted Soil In Your Garden

Do you have compacted soil in your garden you're trying to fix? Want to avoid compacting the soil in your yard or garden? This article will tell you how!  What happens when you pour water