Organic Gardening Blog
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It’s fall bulb planting time!
We’ve been especially aware of that this week because my sister has been living in Amsterdam during the last few years.
And of course you can hardly think of the Netherlands without images of bountiful tulip bulbs bursting out of the ground.
I visited her in 2010, and surprisingly, the plant life is quite similar to back home.
In Amsterdam, they have mild winters and (generally) cool summers leaving plenty of lush green around the city year round.
And since it’s getting cooler, now’s the time to start considering your fall bulb planting.
As you may know, I’ve been rather busy for the past 2 years filming videos for the Academy.
It's been loads of fun, but it means I rarely get around to doing free videos, and sometimes it's 3 or more weeks between blog posts.
So I've finally decided to get a bit of help. I'm still doing everything around here, just with a bit of help from... my sister! I’ll let her introduce herself:
I went hiking in the mountains on Tuesday.
My surroundings got me thinking we could learn a thing or two about organic gardening by a good old-fashioned hobbit garden.
Did you know they just wrapped up filming for the new hobbit movies in New Zealand?
Yesterday, I was recording a video in my home vegetable garden that will serve as an introduction to the growing food section of the Academy...
(Note to Academy members, that section will be ready this fall)
...and I decided to take a walk through my vegetable garden with the video camera, and also post the video here.
We had a family get together a couple of weeks ago.
It's always fun trying to explain to family or friends who I haven't seen for awhile about what I do for a "living."
"I have a website where I teach people about growing a vegetable garden, and organic gardening in general."
The scope of this topic probably calls for at least a few thousand words.
But this isn't meant to be an authoritative or conclusive comparison on these organic gardening topics.
It's just a few thoughts I've been having this week that I figured I'd pass on to you.
First, a few notes:
Today, I have an excellent companion planting chart to share with you.
But first, let's briefly get into what companion planting is and why it can be useful.
Companion gardening involves pairing plants that work well together.
I'll use the 3 sister guild as an example, which are 3 plants that were originally combined by Native Americans in such a way that the plants all helped each other out.
Insects like this praying mantis take care of my garden for me.
One of my goals is to have a self-sustaining garden.
Today is a good example of why. Heather and I are visiting her brother and his family in New York City.
I don't know how anyone gets anything done with a 3 year old (sorry, 3 and a half) and a new baby in the house!
Update: Nearly 2 years after writing this, I decided to start selling the same compost tea brewer that I use. You can check it out (and learn more about compost tea) here.
A compost tea recipe doesn't have to be complicated in order to be effective.
In fact, the simplest compost tea recipes are often the best because they're easier to experiment with.
In case you don't know, compost tea doesn't look like my literal interpretation in the picture here.
Watering the vegetable garden. Chances are you don't want to spend much time reading about it, because water is just always there for us.
We take it for granted because it comes so readily out of our tap, so we find the topic rather boring.
But man, is it ever important, vital for all living things. Go 24 hours without drinking it and we would all become more interested. The fact is, we're made of it. Throughout the course of our lives, our bodies contain between 50 and 80% water.