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If you can give your soil the right amount of air, water and food, you can grow healthy plants.
But what makes gardening a challenge is that it can be difficult to get all of those factors right.
The single best ‘ingredient’ to bring into the garden that helps moderate air, water and food is organic matter in the form of mulch and compost ( part 1 ), and cover crops and perhaps biochar ( part 2 ).
Yet sometimes you’re starting with rather poor soil that’s been:
In part 1, I talked about how organic matter is the most important ingredient for many gardens, and how mulch and compost are two of my favorite ways of using it.
But there are two other ways of using organic matter. The first is in some ways the most powerful of all, and the second may play an important role in reversing climate change. Let’s get into them...
There are dozens of strategies you can implement to have a more successful garden.
And what your garden needs may be very different from what my garden needs.
But there is one ingredient that, when used properly, is often going to have a tremendous impact on most gardens around the world.
I’m a big fan of spraying organic seaweed fertilizer at least once a month in my garden.
I do this primarily to help my plants deal with heat, cold, wind, drought and disease.
But that’s not the most important ingredient my garden needs.
Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto was an avid gardener.
He noticed that 20% of the pea pods in his garden contained a whopping 80% of the overall peas.
Slugs and snails are closely related.
The main difference is that snails have a shell, while slugs don’t.
Most molluscs live in the water, but slugs and snails are the two that can live on land as well.
In fact, there’s your most important clue right there for how to get rid of slugs and snails in the garden - they like it wet.
Without sufficient beneficial microbes on (and in) our bodies, we get sick very fast.
It's the same for plants.
Perhaps the most beneficial fungi for plant health is a group of fungi you may have heard me talk about before called mycorrhizal fungi.
This week, I received a fresh batch of mycorrhizal inoculant, a powder that brings these fungi onto the roots of my plants.
You may have noticed I don’t usually plant in straight rows.
I prefer a much wilder garden:
To start off, a question - where are you gardening?
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Hey, it’s Phil from SmilingGardener.om. I apologize in advance for the wind noise - I don’t have a wireless mic on today so i just have to use the camera mic.
I haven’t been making any videos this time of year because this is what my garden looks like under two feet of snow right now, but I wanted to share a couple of things with you today.
First is if you follow me on facebook and especially on youtube, you’re not really seeing anything from me this time of year, but if you come over to SmilingGardener.com, I am still writing an article every Saturday.
And if you want, you can sign up for my free ebook download and then you get on my email list and then I’ll actually send that out to you every Saturday. So I’m writing about how to improve your soil and control pests and how to grow nutrient-dense food and all of the same kind of stuff that I usually shoot videos about, and sharing tips for the upcoming growing season as soon as this melts.
And actually, I know some of you are gardening already if you live closer to the equator or by the ocean and so your weather is more moderated.
And I actually can see this because I sell organic fertilizers and microbial inoculants to gardeners in the U.S. and in January I starting getting orders from California and Texas and Florida and then gradually going into February and March, the orders come from further north and further east, so I can see when you’re starting to think about gardening.
If you are starting to think about fertilizers, I ship even during the winter because all of these products - even the microbial inoculants - it’s okay if they freeze for a little while. I get all of my stuff in in the winter as well from the manufacturers and it’s all good, so I’m shipping right now.
And you can go to SmilingGardener.com and click on ‘Organic Fertilizer Guide’ up in the main menu, and I sell products there but I also teach you how to make your own fertilizers, and it’s just a great comprehensive guide.
The main thing I wanted to ask of you today, because I am writing still right now and I’m going to be shooting more videos this year, and I’m always looking for more ideas for what to talk about - so I want to hear from you what is the one most important thing you want me to share this year on my website.
So let me know in the comments below, whether you’re on my blog right now or on facebook or on youtube, I will see that everywhere, and then I will have some ideas for what to create and then I’ll create it for you.
So that’s all for now. Talk to you soon.
Three quick things today (if you're on my email list, you already know about the first two, so feel free to skip to the last one):
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