Organic Gardening Blog

Welcome to my organic gardening blog. At certain times of year I post gardening tips weekly and other times much less frequently. Sign up for my ebook over to the right if you want to get my best stuff :)

I’m really excited to finally share with you my checklist of things you can do in your garden this year in order to ensure your fruits and vegetables provide you with as much nutrition as possible.

I go through the whole checklist in this video (or you can scroll down if you'd prefer to read the article instead)...

Plants manufacture various ‘compounds’ as they grow, some being simpler to make and others being more complex.

I explain more in the video (or if you prefer reading, feel free to scroll down to the article below)...

A couple of days ago I talked about my recent run-in with the flu.

(Thanks by the way for the emails and the comments - I’m feeling much better, just still have some weight to gain back and some bags under my eyes to get rid of).

Back to talking about gardening in today's video (or feel free to scroll down to the article, if you prefer reading)...

I had so much going on in my life over the last year that I didn't devote much time to my garden.

And that means this winter, I have hardly any truly nutritious food to eat.

And THAT is one of the main reasons why I caught a nasty flu a couple of weeks ago - my first flu in at least 10 years.

I explain more in this video (or feel free to scroll down to the article, if you prefer reading)...

Low Maintenance PlantsMy elderberry flowering white over my left shoulder.

It's pretty tricky to make a list of low maintenance plants when your readers live all around the world.

But I wanted to have a go at it anyway because it's winter and I miss my garden!

What makes this list more interesting than other low maintenance plant lists I’ve seen is that each plant is not only relatively easy to grow, but also highly beneficial to have in your garden.

Here's a quick review of biointensive gardening.

The 8 steps are to:

In the fall of 2012, I looked at a patch of weedy lawn in the back yard with some old cedars beside it.

It was on a gentle slope, with average soil at the bottom and poor soil at the top.

The area isn't big and the slope isn't much, but there's enough of a grade that the bottom floods seasonally and the top is bone dry.

So I realized it would be an interesting little microclimate in which to plant a garden - good for experimenting and learning.

That October I planted 2 apple trees, 2 pears and 2 cherries and made a big sheet mulch over the whole area, which looked like this...

If you want to grow a lot of food, in a small space, using not too many resources...

And are willing to put in some work in order to accomplish that...

Biointensive gardening may be for you.

Companion planting means placing plants together that grow well together (and may even help each other out), while avoiding placing plants together where one inhibits the other.

The companion planting charts you can find online and books shouldn’t be treated as hard science, but can be very worthwhile as a starting point when you’re trying to figure out how to lay out your beds.