Organic Gardening Tips - For A Healthy, Pest-Free Organic Garden!

Hi, my name is Phil. I'm an organic gardener, and I'm super excited you found me!

I'd like to help you grow a healthy organic garden, whether that be a few containers on your windowsill or a full-fledged permaculture design in your backyard.

On this page I'll show you where to go from here...

15 Organic Gardening Lessons

The first thing I suggest you do is pick up my '15 FREE Organic Gardening Lessons For Becoming A Better Gardener.'

In them, I'll show you the important steps to installing an organic garden, with a bit of a focus on an organic vegetable garden.

Along with it, I'll give you a free ebook called 'The Holistic Gardening Handbook'. More info here...

15 FREE Lessons

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Phil: Hey guys, my name is Phil and this, is my garden. I'm a certified organic gardener, author of the gardening book, “Building Soils Naturally” and I run a website called smilinggardener.com where I show you how to grow a healthy organic pest-free, chemical-free garden step-by-step.

I want to share with you some really important tips for your garden and that could be a big organic garden in your backyard or maybe just a few containers you have on your balcony.

By the way, if this kind of thing interests you, you can click the annotation right here to subscribe to my YouTube channel and then you'll get all the videos I produce. You can actually click it right now and this video will keep playing for you.

Now, onto the how. How do we make our plants so healthy that insects and disease predators don’t want to look at them? How do we make them so healthy that we get the proteins and the vitamins and the minerals that we need?

First, increase the organic matter content of your soil with high quality compost and mulches like leaves and straw and cover crops like vetch with the beautiful flowers and clover and grains. Organic matter brings so many benefits into your soil

Two, increase the fertility balance of your soil with certain mineral fertilizers like lime or rock-phosphate, but you need to use the right ones. A lot of times people will bring in things like dolomite lime or certain potassium sources, which even though they're organic, they can cause major problems in your soil.

Three, this part is very interesting. This is where organic gardening is heading. You want to increase the diversity of beneficial organisms in your soil with again, high quality compost but also microbial inoculants like compost tea and effective microorganisms.

When you do all of these things, you get rid of most of your pests and weeds. You'll have healthier flowers, you'll have more nutritious food and I want to help you with that. So I have two things for you today.

The first, if you haven’t subscribed to my YouTube channel yet, you can do that right here by clicking here and I will give you more detailed videos and all these things I've been talking about today.

If you want to get into this stuff in more detail, I've created a free rather in-depth e-book called "The Holistic Gardening Handbook" and a free online organic gardening course. You can get them both by going to the link in the description below. They're both free, so I hope you'll go check them out now.






Organic Fertilizers

Applying Organic Fertilizers In My New Garden
This photo is explained when you click the button to the left here.

In 2008 I started a business selling high quality organic fertilizers and microbial inoculants in Canada.

I had to pass that business over to my friend when I moved in 2010.

But those organic products continued to be so useful to me over the next few years that I stayed very excited about them, which made me want to make them available to people in the U.S., so in early 2014, that's what I did.

If you want to learn more about them - including buying them and also how to make some of them on your own - check this out:

Organic Fertilizers






Other Stuff

Phil Doing Organic Gardening

What else? Well you may like to check out:

  • My about page, to learn a little more about me.
  • My blog, which has all of the free stuff I do to help you garden.
  • My organic gardening page, where I'm putting together something new.
  • My book, which was published by Acres U.S.A. in 2012.
  • My Academy, my comprehensive online organic gardening course.








Last, Here's Some More Details On The 15 Free Lessons And Ebook

Basically, I think organic home gardening is one of the most exciting and important things we can do.

To me, the possibilities are so inspiring:

  • You can have an organic vegetable garden (plus herbs, fruits, nuts, seeds, mushrooms) to grow your own healthy food, food which is much healthier than the food you can buy in any grocery store.
  • You can have a beautiful, relaxing place for you, your family and your friends, as well as a home for a diversity of plants, birds, butterflies and other beneficial organisms.
  • You can have a garden that removes toxins and greenhouse gases, creates oxygen, provides habitat for honeybees and other endangered species, and otherwise improves this planet.
  • We can improve our health, the health of our family and friends, and the health of the planet.
Organic Gardening Course

When I first started studying organic gardening, I was blown away with how different the organic viewpoint is from the conventional viewpoint about the whole gardening experience.

For example, with organic vegetable gardening, seasoned organic gardeners don't look at aphids on their potatoes or melons as mere pests.

Instead, they're seen as a clue to a nutritional imbalance in those plants.

The aphids are actually helping you out by telling you which plants need some attention. All you need to do is figure out what they need, which takes some knowledge, but can be done.

You learn about all kinds of cool things when you study organic gardening and vegetable gardening.

And in these free lessons, I’m going to show you partly on video and partly in writing the important steps to installing an organic garden, with a bit of a focus on an organic vegetable garden. Here’s some of what I cover:

  • Are organic pesticides really the best way to control pests in your garden?
  • Some organic garden design tips to help give you a garden that really works.
  • A quick method to analyze your soil, which helps to make organic fertilizing decisions.
  • The most important ingredient to bring in to a new organic garden to make healthy soil.
  • The 2 organic fertilizers you can use that dramatically improve fertility & plant health.
  • How to prepare the garden bed to give your organic plants the best chance at being healthy.
  • Using other organic fertilizers and mulch to protect soil and improve soil health.
  • How to choose healthy plants for the organic garden and then how to properly plant them.
  • The importance of microbial inoculants in organic gardening, including the 2 I use.
  • The super simple maintenance routine I follow that keeps the garden looking great.
  • How tilling may destroy your soil and what to do instead to improve aeration.
  • How to improve the extreme textures of clay and sandy soil without causing big problems.
  • Why landscaping fabric is trouble for your garden and what you should use instead.
  • A rarely-discussed method of capturing all rainwater for when your plants need it later.
  • The risks of using bone meal in an organic vegetable garden and the 3 things I use instead.

Free Online Course

Organic Gardening Course "15 Vital Lessons For Becoming A Better Organic Gardener"
"The information you bring is always fabulous." Donna

To get free access to these 15 organic gardening lessons, fill out the box to the right. I will never, ever share your email address.

The lessons are essential for new organic gardeners and I think there are some good tidbits in there for more experienced organic gardeners, too.

You may be into growing vegetables and fruits, herb gardening, container gardening, or you may be more interested in flowers or trees. It's all exciting to me.

Holistic Gardening Handbook

And I have another really exciting gift for you today, too.

This one actually may only be available for free for a short time, because I may have to use it elsewhere, so be sure to sign up today.

I wrote "The Holistic Gardening Handbook" in 2010/2011. It was eventually published in 2012 by Acres U.S.A. as "Building Soils Naturally."

At some point long before that, I had created a mini, condensed version of the original book, thinking it might be a useful thing to have around.

I'd like to give it to you today as thanks for paying attention to what I have to say, for supporting my work, and for making every day like a box of chocolates!

I'll send it to you right away when you sign up to the right.

I should mention that if you're not into organic gardening, the 15 lessons and the book probably aren't what you're looking for.

I don't like chemical pesticides or GMOs or monoculture-style gardening.

I made these for people who are passionate about learning more about organic home gardening/vegetable gardening and getting some new gardening advice. If that’s you, I'm super excited that you are going to join me on this journey!

Hope you enjoy,
Phil

Free Ebook Download

Organic Gardening Ebook "The Holistic Gardening Handbook: Condensed Version"
"You have been a source of wisdom, humour, encouragement and influence" Marylin, B.C.

About Phil

Phil Nauta

This blog is written by a Certified Organic Gardener, for you, an organic home gardener. I share innovative methods you can put to use right now in your garden. More about me here.

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Nice Notes

"Thank you so much for taking the time to make the lessons and offering them for free. I really like how easy they are to follow, and how much valuable information they offer. Thank you again. I just finished the first one, and it was so inspiring." Marcy

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