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What Is Brix And How Can It Improve (Or Destroy) Your Garden?

What Is Brix

When I started learning about brix, I got super excited about organic vegetable gardening. To me, brix is one of the most fascinating topics in organic gardening.

What Is Brix

So what is brix? Here's my basic brix definition: it measures the dissolved solids in plant juice, which includes sucrose and fructose, vitamins and minerals, protein and amino acids, and many others.

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Paramagnetic Rock Dust - The Secret To Healthy Plants Or Useless?

Paramagnetic Rock Dust

What is paramagnetic rock dust? Well, let's start with paramagnetism.

The soil in your organic garden is paramagnetic. It isn't magnetic, but is mildly attracted by a magnet and partially aligns with the earth’s magnetic field, so it's paramagnetic. Some soils are attracted more than others, and generally, the more paramagnetic your soil is, the better.

This is apparently because highly paramagnetic soils are more energetically aligned with the earth and even the universe, and actually invite energy into them.

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Plant Defenses - The Amazing Ways Plants Keep On Surviving

In my part of the world, the vegetable garden is winding down for the winter. Actually, I'm always amazed how some of these plants can withstand the cold and continue producing. We're still harvesting hardy herbs and vegetables from our organic garden in late November.

The wintertime plant defenses are starting to be apparent this time of year in my organic garden. Many plants are exceptionally good at surviving, not just temperature changes but many environmental threats.

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Chemical Fertilizers - The Downsides (And Benefits) In Your Garden

Chemical Fertilizers

Yesterday, I wrote about garden pesticides, so I figure today I might as well cover chemical fertilizers.

Just like pesticides, I used to use these fertilizers all the time as a landscaper and on the golf course.

Even today, there are a couple of lesser-known chemical fertilizers that can be extremely useful in an otherwise organic garden when you're trying to bring back a badly abused soil, but for the most part, we need to stay away from them.

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Garden Pesticides (And Why We Should Stop Using Them)

Garden Pesticides Sign

I don't spend much time on garden pesticides on this site because I know most of my readers are already interested in alternatives, but I thought I'd better post a few notes for the gardening newbies out there.

This article is about the downsides of garden pesticides with respect to the garden itself (the health implications for us would be an entirely different article).

When I was younger, I spent the better part of a decade maintaining a 9 hole, par 3 golf course owned by my parents. I sprayed pesticides often. The enemy on the course greens was a fungus called dollar spot. The main pesticide ingredient was chlorothalonil. It killed the fungus really well for about 7 days until I had to come back and spray more.

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Do Your Plants Know What You're Thinking?

Philodendron Organic

Philodendrons like the one below often have big leaves. That's probably why Cleve Backster used them in a number of his experiments. Ultimately, he showed that plants can read your mind.

Backster was one of the most well-known lie detector examiners during the 1960s. One day, he was sitting in his office, bumming around on Facebook (okay, this was before computers, so he was probably staring at his typewriter or something). Basically, he was bored.

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Effective Microorganisms® (EM®) - Best Inoculant For Your Organic Garden

Effective Microorganisms (EM)

I've been referring to Effective Microorganisms® (EM®) a fair amount on this blog, so I figure it's time to get into more detail as to why it's so incredible to use in organic gardening.

What is EM?

"Effective microorganisms" is a liquid culture of specific "facultative anaerobic" microbes that can provide amazing benefits for your organic garden when combined together in specific proportions.

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Organic Fertilizer - The 2 Fertilizers That Will Help You The Most

When it comes to choosing an organic fertilizer, you have hundreds of options. It's quite overwhelming.

I've put together some information on the 2 most important fertilizers for your organic garden. These are great organic lawn fertilizer products, too.

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Herb Gardening For Beginners - 3 Best Herbs For Your Organic Garden

This is a short post on herb gardening for beginners, and I came up with the 3 best herbs for getting started with in an organic culinary herb garden.

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Mycorrhizal Inoculant - A Fungi That's Hard To Spell, Easy To Use

Mycorrhizal Inoculant

I use mycorrhizal inoculant in my organic garden almost every time I plant and seed. I wouldn't plant without it.

Update: About 2 1/2 years after writing this, I decided to start selling the mycorrhizal inoculant I use. You can learn more about it here.

Over 95% of plant species form symbiotic relationships with mycorrhizal fungi. The fungi provide nutrients and water to their host plants in exchange for carbohydrates and other goodies.

In fact, many plants will trade more than 50% of their carbohydrates with these fungi and other microbes. Mycorrhizal fungi greatly improve soil characteristics, and are among the most important microbes that form relationships with plants.

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