I've been involved with gardening since I was a kid, but I didn't get excited about it until I discovered organic gardening.
This year, I’m super excited about an awesome series of organic home gardening lessons I have planned for you.
I was originally going to charge about $70 for the course, but I've decided to be a rebel and give it to you for free, at least for the time being.
So I’ll be writing and videoing this free online course of about 20 lessons. They will summarize some of the important steps in the Smiling Gardener Academy. I'll send it out to my email subscribers as I go.
Of course, the lessons will have 90% less info than the Academy, but I think I can still give you some good stuff.
Today I have some thoughts to share with you. Once in awhile I wonder if this is the best use of my time. Should I really be teaching people about organic gardening, or is there something more important for me?
Indeed to most non-gardeners, what I do probably seems like fluff. Many folks probably think I just talk about pretty flowers and stuff.
Certainly when I scour the internet for blogs on gardening, that’s exactly what many of them talk about - this year’s color trends or some new rose cultivar or the latest mulch made from old barbie dolls (doesn’t exist I don’t think, but they do turn old tires into mulch, which is not a great idea).
Now, of course, any kind of gardening is a wonderful hobby.
I can understand how some gardeners get excited about this year’s new plants, and that’s cool - no complaints.
In fact, I can kind of relate - most permaculturists would probably say I spend too much of my efforts designing a garden that looks good instead of a garden that most efficiently provides food and other products for human kind.
But I do go for a balance because I want to be inspired in my garden, even my organic vegetable garden.
And the bottom line is that I don’t really garden to have just a pretty garden. What gets me excited about organic gardening is growing nutrient-dense food.
Not just growing fresh, local food that hopefully tastes a little better than grocery store produce, but nutrient-dense food.
It’s a real thing. The lack of nutrition in our food supply is absolutely one of the main reasons our species is sick and unhappy and all-around messed up.
And the reason I spend so much time teaching different methods and organic gardening tips for growing nutrient-dense food is because it is not just a simple thing to do. It’s quite difficult to obtain.
It takes some work and knowledge and time to make it happen.
Despite what 50+ years of many organic gardening magazines and books may tell us, we can’t just throw down some compost and lime and expect healthy food.
Compost is a very important part of a healthy garden, but it isn’t nearly enough.
So yes, I’ll absolutely give you some pointers on the aesthetics of garden design and how to properly prune and keep things looking nice.
Sitting in a well-designed garden can make you feel fantastic - sometimes relaxed and soothed or sometimes excited and invigorated.
But I’ll spend most of my time teaching you how to make that garden healthy. No matter what you’re growing, you’ll get the benefits.
If you’re intro flowers or trees, they’ll be radiant and prolific and pest-free. You’ll save money by not having to replace those plants, and save money and time due to decreased maintenance.
But most important, if you grow food, you’ll get the minerals into that food and then get the minerals into you.
If you stick with me - and are patient through this process of improving your soil and ecosystem health, which is unbelievably exciting and rewarding in its own right - there's a very good chance:
And you’ll have an immune system that can ward off the unnecessary diseases that have affected many people you know.
You’ve probably known people who eat a healthy, organic diet and have still experienced these diseases. Of course there can be many reasons for this, but a principle underlying cause is lack of nutrition.
Because organic food doesn’t always have more nutrition, not if it wasn’t grown with nutrition in mind, which almost all of it isn’t.
You can eat as much kale as you want, but if the soil where it grew didn’t have adequate mineralization (and the biology to make those minerals available to plants), then you won’t have adequate mineralization.
But here’s the cool thing - you can do this. We can do it together.
To me, this is actually one of the most exciting and important things we can do - growing nutrient-dense food.
And whenever I have doubts about teaching others how to organically garden, I’ll walk out into my garden, and it doesn’t take long to remember that teaching organic gardening and nutrient-dense fruit and vegetable gardening is the most important thing I can do.
So that’s what I’m continuing to do in 2014. My Academy members get the best of it, but that doesn’t mean I can’t put together some of the most important steps for your for free on this website.
Thanks for being with me on this journey,
P.S. There are a couple of things for you to do now.
First, if you're not already on my email list, be sure to sign up to the right in order to get these new lessons, plus my other 15 free lessons. Your email is confidential and won't be shared with anyone.
For everyone else, since the lessons aren't ready yet, I have a few other posts to share with you.
The following articles will give you a great overview of what organic gardening and organic farming are all about...
(Plus I should quickly mention my comprehensive video-based online organic gardening course where I teach you everything I know about growing an organic garden.)