Garden Planning

Going Beyond The 80-20 Rule In The Garden

If you can give your soil the right amount of air, water and food, you can grow healthy plants.

But what makes gardening a challenge is that it can be difficult to get all of those factors right.

The single best ‘ingredient’ to bring into the garden that helps moderate air, water and food is organic matter in the form of mulch and compost ( part 1 ), and cover crops and perhaps biochar ( part 2 ).

Yet sometimes you’re starting with rather poor soil that’s been: Read More

If I Could Do Only One Task In My Garden…

There are dozens of strategies you can implement to have a more successful garden.

And what your garden needs may be very different from what my garden needs.

But there is one ingredient that, when used properly, is often going to have a tremendous impact on most gardens around the world. Read More

9 Ways To Help The Beneficial Fungi In Your Soil

Applying beneficial fungiStarting seeds indoors for planting outside this spring – the inoculant goes on right before sowing the seed.

Without sufficient beneficial microbes on (and in) our bodies, we get sick very fast.

It’s the same for plants.

Perhaps the most beneficial fungi for plant health is a group of fungi you may have heard me talk about before called mycorrhizal fungi.

This week, I received a fresh batch of mycorrhizal inoculant, a powder that brings these fungi onto the roots of my plants. Read More