Organic Gardening Blog

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How Much Of Your Garden Should Be Food Plants?

If you’re trying to grow most of your own calories, it makes sense to grow calorie-dense food, which especially points to root crops such as potatoes and parsnips.

When growing biointensively, 30% of the land is often allocated for this.

With 60% of land going to ‘carbon’ and 30% going to ‘calorie’ crops, that leaves just 10% for vegetables.

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Biointensive Cover Cropping To Be Self Sustainable

Many of us get our compost materials from elsewhere, perhaps the garden center or a local farmer.

And that’s okay. Most of us are gardening on the side, doing other work that enables us to purchase these inputs, thus helping out the person we’re buying them from.

If a garden store or farmer is selling or giving away straw or manure, you’re helping them out my buying or taking it, so I have no problem with this.

But if we want to be truly self sustainable, we should be growing our own compost materials.

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Double Digging Garden Beds To Improve Soil Health

When following biointensive gardening principles, the way to relieve compaction, improve drainage and promote deeper root growth is by double digging garden beds.

If you’re on especially sandy soil, you might be able to skip it. I’m on clay, which is why I double dig a couple of beds each spring for my potatoes.

By moving my potatoes every year, it ensures each part of my garden will get double dug at some point.

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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

2 Less-Known Methods To Improve Soil Fertility

In part 1, I talked about how organic matter is the most important ingredient for many gardens, and how mulch and compost are two of my favorite ways of using it.

But there are two other ways of using organic matter. The first is in some ways the most powerful of all, and the second may play an important role in reversing climate change. Let’s get into them… 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