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 :)
Note: I've now started selling the organic fertilizers and microbial inoculants mentioned in this post. You can read more about that here.
You can get the jump on spring by starting plants from seeds.
So, you want to know how to get rid of moles and voles?
First of all, moles are great!
They plow the soil and eat insects such as grubs.
Of course, they do leave behind some tunnels.
And while they don’t eat your plants, they can disturb them.
We may not mind a few tunnels, but when it gets to be too many, it can leave an unsightly mess of molehills, uneven soil and brown ridges in the lawn.
You are going to fail this year...
Hornworms will eat your tomatoes.
A loved one will get sick.
The bindweed you thought was finally under control will spring up again.
Someone will make you feel bad about yourself just for being who you are.
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.