I don't read very many organic gardening blogs. I find I pick up more useful gardening tips from reading organic farming research and organic gardening books.
Most blogs just seem to be covering gardening topics that I'm not really interested in, which is fine - I tend to lean slightly towards the ecological side of gardening rather than the aesthetic side, and to advanced soil building and food growing techniques rather than the basics.
Continued from What Is Brix?.
The second reason we may conduct a brix test is more practical and useful in our vegetable gardens.
First, we take our refractometer and measure brix in a leaf or especially a fruit from one of our plants, for example a tomato.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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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