Let’s say you’re the type of person for whom establishing a big, organic, food-producing permaculture garden is a major goal.
And fortunately, you’ve just come into a windfall - a huge sum of money.
You can finally buy or build that house you’ve been dreaming of and then get to work on planting your organic garden.
The question today is: where should you build it?
I spent too much of my life caring about what other people thought of me.
Especially people who didn’t really seem to care too much about what I thought of them.
I still care too much sometimes.
But I try every day to make decisions based on what I want and what will be best for the people I love, rather than what looks good to the rest of the world.
In gardening, there’s a lot of talk about chemistry - the fertilizer, NPK, carbon, etc.
All important stuff, but I like to spend just as much time on the biology - the microorganisms, insects, animals (and of course plants).
It’s especially the microorganisms that really rule our world, our bodies (we contain 10 times as many microbes as we do human cells), and our gardens.
Today I’m pumped to get right into teaching you about these good microbes and how to make effective microorganisms.
These efficient microbes improve the soil, increase plant health and yield, help keep pests away, and are some of the most important beneficial bacteria and yeasts that make up our world.
‘Why’ always comes first because it’s the most important question for pretty much everything we do in life.
Asking why helps us figure out if the thing we’re thinking of doing is something we really want to do.
If we decide it is, knowing our ‘why’ helps tremendously when it comes to figuring out the who, what, when, where and how.
When you know your purpose for doing something, it makes every decision easier from then on because you can choose the direction that’s in line with that purpose.
So why grow a garden?
Maybe for you it’s:
Planting trees in the fall is one of my favorite things to do, so today I'm giving you 9 videos from my online gardening course on how to plant a tree (these videos are from 1 of the 4 'modules' from month 8 of the Academy).
Yes, there are a lot of videos on this page.
Here are the most important organic fertilizers and inoculants I mention at some point in these videos because I always use them when planting trees:
Every so often I read Masanobu Fukuoka’s The One-Straw Revolution to remind myself I sometimes have very little idea of what I’m doing in my garden - and my life.
In some ways it’s a troubling reminder while in other ways it’s quite freeing.
Troubling because I teach gardening so I’m supposed to know some things about that, and because I live my own life so I’m supposed to know some things about that, too.
But freeing because I see that it’s okay to not have the answers to most of life’s questions, to admit that at times I have no idea what I'm doing.
I love digging in a garden and I also love walking through a forest.
Most people think of forests and gardens as two separate things, but forest gardening combines the best of both worlds.
In this video, I show you the mini forest garden I'm developing that's only about 2000 square feet (you can do this in a small area).
Feel free to ask your questions down below...
If you’re interested in learning how to grow organic food, I have some tips today.
Admittedly this post is a little bit all over the place, but hopefully there’s something in here that will be useful to you.
The video is worth watching, and at minute 3:57 I explain the ‘3 sisters’ that I was planting in the video last week.
(At the beginning of the video, I say ‘Back from Amsterdam!’ - that’s because I shot this video last year when I had just returned from my trip there where my sister and I had made a bunch of videos on container gardening.)
Are you ready to do some planting yet?
Most of us plant between March and May.
I'm towards the end of that time frame, but I think today's a good day to give you some tips anyway.
I’m doing some seedbed preparation, then sowing seed, then planting vegetables and flowers.
You can learn more about the organic fertilizers and inoculants I use in this video right here.
Feel free to ask questions down at the bottom of this page...
If you have any questions this week about my:
...my sister is going to do her best to answer them for you.
That’s because I’m currently in the middle of a 10 day Vipassana course.
As some of you will know, what that means is that I’m in a place with no access to phone or internet or even a pen and paper.
And I’m meditating.
I actually wrote this post early last week, a couple of days before leaving, and scheduled it to go out to you today, so by the time you’re reading this, I’m probably sitting as still as possible, trying to not let my mind wander.
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