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.

How to turn fall leaves into garden soil

Learn how to turn fall leaves into garden soil to have your healthiest, most productive gardens ever — while reducing waste!  Dead leaves are nature's fertilizer It’s never the wrong season to improve your garden

Want to Garden Like a Pro? Here’s a Simple and Affordable Indoor Grow Light Setup

Note: We’ve recently updated this article to include the latest LED grow light technology in addition to common fluorescent shop lights which can also be used as grow lights. Since this article was originally written, the price of LED grow lights has decreased significantly, making them competitive with or in some cases even less expensive than fluorescent lighting. 

6 Amazing Pumpkin Facts

You'll never look at a Halloween jack-o-lantern the same way again after you learn these six amazing pumpkin facts. In fact, we hope you'll invite "jack" inside for dinner when Halloween is over. Featured Image credit: By

How to Get Your Kids to Enjoy Gardening: 9 Tips

How to Get Your Kids to Enjoy Gardening: 9 Tips is a guest article written by Bethany Hayes. Bethany is a writer, suburban homesteader, and mother of three children.   

6 Creative Ways to Use Lots of Peppers

Looking for ways to use lots of peppers from your summer garden? You’ve come to the right place!

How to transition between growing seasons using no-till organic gardening / farming methods

As we’ve written about elsewhere, we’re big advocates of no-till organic gardening and farming methods. These methods minimize soil disturbance, meaning the vast ecosystems of life underneath your feet don’t get destroyed each season when you till. Instead, the soil ecosystem continues to develop and build.

Five amazing soil facts that will change the way you view the world

What do mushrooms, Christopher Columbus, small pox, climate change, and your dinner all have in common? Read these five amazing soil facts to fin out!  Ever notice how much organic farmers, permaculture practitioners, and agroecology

Why you should leave the roots from your old garden plants in the ground

Learn why (and how) to leave the roots from your old garden plants in the ground to help feed your soil organisms, increase soil organic matter, and grow healthier plants! We’re fortunate enough to live in Greenville, SC, a place where we can grow food year round – with a little extra effort in the winter months. Each season offers different crops, and it’s nice being able to tell what month it is by what’s on our dinner plates. In addition to providing a steady stream of garden-fresh food for us, year round gardening means there are always living plants/roots in our garden beds which are providing a steady stream of food for soil organisms as well.

How to have your raised bed garden created before breakfast

Yes, you can have a raised bed garden set up in minutes for a fraction of the cost you might think. In this article, we’ll review various options for raised bed gardens, including ones that you cost as little as $30. We’re big proponents of DIY (do it yourself) but sometimes time and resources make it difficult to take the DIY approach. When it comes to gardening, many people put off starting their first garden because they think it’s going to be hard, grueling work that will require spending days sourcing materials and doing construction. If this sounds like you, we’ve got good news… We’re going to show you how you can click a few buttons on your computer, then have your garden set up and ready to go ridiculously fast – yes, even before breakfast. (Maybe not before you first cup of matcha though.) Raised bed gardens at a nearby community garden. Community gardens are a great way to meet other gardeners and learn, but if you have the space you should also garden in your own yard (or patio).

Growing healthier tomatoes and tomatillos via adventitious roots

Learn how to use the adventitious roots on your tomatoes, tomatillos, and other garden plants for healthier seedlings and more productive adult plants. When you think about plant roots, you probably think about the branched network of underground plant material that a plant uses to slurp up water and nutrients. Those are referred to as a “primary root system.” However, some plants are also capable of producing other types of roots that don’t necessarily form underground – one of the most useful of these for the home gardener is “adventitious roots.”