How To Use Compost - 4 Important Things To Remember

Me Showing How To Use Compost

So, your compost pile is ready and you want to know how to use compost in your organic garden. Here are 4 things to remember:

1. Compost Application Timing

The best time of year for using compost is in the spring and fall when the conditions are best for the microbes. I might use a little in the summer when I'm filling in the spaces in my vegetable garden, but mostly it's spring and fall.


Looking To Buy Manure? Read About This Manure Problem First

Curling Leaves On My Tomato Plant
Curling leaves.

If you're going to buy manure or use manure in your organic garden, you'll want to read this email I received from Janet, one of my readers. It's a good story with a very important warning:

"I have a sad composting/soil tale to share that I’d like to share with as many gardeners in the area as possible so please pass this along.

As many of you know, I’ve been an organic gardener for many years, making my own compost, using natural ingredients. I might buy manure or find it free. Last week I diagnosed a problem with my soil, specifically with some of my tomato plants due to a batch of "killer manure."


Gardening Advice On GMOs - How To Avoid Them In Your Garden

Gardening Advice On GMOs - GMOs Kill Monarch Butterflys

If you're looking for gardening advice on GMOs, I have 2 tips. We've known for over a decade that genetically-modified organisms wreak havoc when unleashed into the environment.

And yet The New York Times is still being a good corporate spokesperson, muddying the facts and leaving much room for doubt about whether or not these problems exist (or just practicing good, unbiased journalism, depending on your point of view).


Molasses As Fertilizer - What Your Organic Garden Is Missing?

Molasses As Fertilizer

Are you going to think I'm crazy for suggesting that you absolutely 100% should consider using molasses as fertilizer in your organic garden?

If the health of your garden is suffering, if some of your plants are riddled with pests, or if you just want to grow the best plants possible, molasses fertilizer may be what you need.

Actually, it's not so much a fertilizer as food for the beneficial microorganisms in your soil and on your leaves. Molasses definitely has some nutrients, too, but it's mostly about the carbohydrates - the sugar.


Where To Buy Compost - Tips For Finding The Good Stuff

Where To Buy Compost
The above picture is poor, but it shows where I bought some compost this year.

There are a few important things you need to know about where to buy compost.

I encourage people to compost themselves if possible, but I know that some gardeners will find it easier buying compost. In terms of how to buy compost, you can go to your local garden center, a compost/soil/mulch provider, a farmer, or the municipality.

You can buy compost in bags, but I almost always go for bulk. That's less expensive and I usually need to bring in at least a yard.


Organic Fertilizer - 18 Best Organic Fertilizers You Can Buy Online

There are many organic fertilizer products available online.

Many are not particularly good (potentially even harmful), so I thought I'd browse through and make a list of the best organic fertilizer products you can find online at


Organic Vegetable Garden Design - 3 Tips From A Computer Nerd

If you're on a quest for some organic vegetable garden design ideas, here are 3 unique tips to think about when planning a vegetable garden.


Organic Vegetable Gardening For Beginners - 7 Tips You Heard & Forgot

Vegetable Gardening For Beginners Carrot
Carrots can be direct seeded, but many vegetables are best bought as "starts"

I have a few tips I've really been wanting to share on organic vegetable gardening for beginners.

I'm going to lay out my 7 most important organic gardening tips for starting a vegetable garden.


3 Crucial Organic Gardening Tips To Tattoo Onto Your Knuckles

3 Organic Gardening Tips

I have 3 important organic gardening tips for you. You don't have to tattoo them onto your knuckles - remembering them will suffice.

If you've read my book, you know that I tend to get rather detailed in my organic gardening practices, because I like the process of perfecting my soil in order to get the healthiest possible plants - especially food plants.

But the fact is that we can have some pretty decent gardens by remembering to follow just the basics.


2 Soil Testing Labs That Actually Know What They're Doing

Soil Testing Labs Need A Good Sample
Be sure to combine soil from a few places in your garden before sending.

I've written a lot here about the importance of using soil testing labs in order to determine which organic fertilizers to use.

Otherwise, you're stabbing in the dark. But I haven't actually told you which testing lab I use.

While it may be tempting to drive a sample over to your local soil lab, it's probably not the best option. Right now, most soil testing labs aren’t doing a great job.


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