About Aaron von Frank

Cofounder of GrowJourney.com. Aaron is an organic gardening teacher, heritage breed duck evangelist, writer, health nut, and entrepreneur. He's the former farm manager at Oak Hill Cafe & Farm, a no-till, permaculture, farm-to-table restaurant in Greenville, SC. Aaron is a Furman University) graduate. 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 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

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. 

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.