Organic Gardening Blog
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We don’t know exactly how life on earth got started.
Some people believe God created it all about 10,000 years ago.
Others believe it evolved - starting 3.5-4 billion years ago - as bacteria, microscopic organisms that are composed of only 1 cell.
(For comparison, our current best guess is that the average human body has over 30 trillion cells, and incidentally, there are in the neighborhood of 40 trillion microorganisms living in our bodies - more of them than cells - most of them bacteria, and most of them probably integral to our health.)
This article about gardening organically is based on evolution, and is open to a God who created that evolution, but for most of the article, that's not really what matters.
Whatever you believe, this page is still one of the most important for you to read on this site because it teaches you what to always keep in mind when you’re growing an organic garden.
If you can internalize these ideas, you’ll be much more successful with your garden and you’ll enjoy the process so much more.
A couple of months ago I shared with you my garden checklist of 17 things you can do in your garden this year.
These things will improve the fertility of your soil and the health of your plants, which will translate to much more nutritious food, with better flavor and fewer pests.
It's finally spring in my neck of the woods, so over these 10 days, I get to do them in my garden!
And just because it’s fun, I'm making a short 'quickie' video for each step. If you’re subscribed to my youtube channel (you can subscribe here) or facebook page (you can click 'Like' below), you’ll get those as I do them.
I’m really excited to finally share with you my checklist of things you can do in your garden this year in order to ensure your fruits and vegetables provide you with as much nutrition as possible.
I go through the whole checklist in this video (or you can scroll down if you'd prefer to read the article instead)...
Plants manufacture various ‘compounds’ as they grow, some being simpler to make and others being more complex.
I explain more in the video (or if you prefer reading, feel free to scroll down to the article below)...
A couple of days ago I talked about my recent run-in with the flu.
(Thanks by the way for the emails and the comments - I’m feeling much better, just still have some weight to gain back and some bags under my eyes to get rid of).
Back to talking about gardening in today's video (or feel free to scroll down to the article, if you prefer reading)...
I had so much going on in my life over the last year that I didn't devote much time to my garden.
And that means this winter, I have hardly any truly nutritious food to eat.
And THAT is one of the main reasons why I caught a nasty flu a couple of weeks ago - my first flu in at least 10 years.
I explain more in this video (or feel free to scroll down to the article, if you prefer reading)...
It's pretty tricky to make a list of low maintenance plants when your readers live all around the world.
But I wanted to have a go at it anyway because it's winter and I miss my garden!
What makes this list more interesting than other low maintenance plant lists I’ve seen is that each plant is not only relatively easy to grow, but also highly beneficial to have in your garden.
Here's a quick review of biointensive gardening.
The 8 steps are to:
In the fall of 2012, I looked at a patch of weedy lawn in the back yard with some old cedars beside it.
It was on a gentle slope, with average soil at the bottom and poor soil at the top.
The area isn't big and the slope isn't much, but there's enough of a grade that the bottom floods seasonally and the top is bone dry.
So I realized it would be an interesting little microclimate in which to plant a garden - good for experimenting and learning.
That October I planted 2 apple trees, 2 pears and 2 cherries and made a big sheet mulch over the whole area, which looked like this...
If you want to grow a lot of food, in a small space, using not too many resources...
And are willing to put in some work in order to accomplish that...
Biointensive gardening may be for you.