Organic Gardening Blog

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Update

If you haven’t seen Sunday’s post yet, or want to see what people shared there, you can go here.

 

 

 

 

Another short video from 2 days ago…

 

What has been your biggest gardening challenge in the last 12 months?

More to come later on this week, but for today:

  1. What’s the most challenging situation you’ve faced in your garden in the last 12 months?
  2. Why is this one so important to you? What would you be able to do if you got past it? What would you want to create?

Let me know in the comments down below and I’ll see if I can help…

 

 

Update: Here is one quick note I would otherwise include with probably 80% of my answers down below:

Insect and disease problems are the result of the plant not being optimally healthy, not the cause.

The remedy to that may be any number of things, from balancing soil fertility to improving soil biology to improving water availability, etc.

So in the comments down below, although I tended to focus a little more on short-term solutions to the challenges you’ve been facing, the long-term solution is improving soil and plant health.

This 3-part article explains how to do that: My 2 Strategies For Growing Nutritious, Organic Food

The Onion: Slow and Steady Brings Out Sweetness

by Gina Lorubbio

It’s February. The trees are bare, the air is chilled, and the days are short. It’s that time of year when creativity bursts forth from constraints.

Right now, it’s easy to scour the kitchen for something to cook and conclude that there’s not a whole lot. But I urge you to look closer. You probably have onions.

As this is my debut food story (Hi there, nice to “meet” you!), I’ll open with a memory of a meal that says a lot about my philosophy of food.

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When Gardening Organically, You Need To Think Differently

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.) Space From Earth

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The ‘Quickie’ Organic Gardening Video Series

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…

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My Checklist For Growing Nutrient-Dense Organic Food

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)…

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I really messed up this past year…

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)…

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Low Maintenance Plants That Are Also Useful In The Garden

Low Maintenance PlantsMy elderberry flowering white over my left shoulder.

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. Read More