You’ve installed an organic garden, or had one professionally installed, and now you want to know how to maintain it.
This section has a bunch of important organic gardening tips on how to do just that.
I cover proper pruning, organic lawn maintenance, organic mulching and other organic gardening tips.
Here are all of my articles with organic gardening tips for maintaining your garden…
I’m a big fan of spraying organic seaweed fertilizer at least once a month in my garden.
I do this primarily to help my plants deal with heat, cold, wind, drought and disease.
Masanobu Fukuoka (Photo credit)
Every so often I read Masanobu Fukuoka’s The One-Straw Revolution to remind myself I sometimes have very little idea of what I’m doing in my garden – and my life.
In some ways it’s a troubling reminder while in other ways it’s quite freeing.
Troubling because I teach gardening so I’m supposed to know some things about that, and because I live my own life so I’m supposed to know some things about that, too.
This is what my organic garden looks like today.
Not quite ready to start planting yet, haha, but I’m gearing up for spring.
I’ve been making sure I have my seeds and organic fertilizers and microbial inoculants all ready to rock when the soil warms up.
(Speaking of which, I’ll have an exciting new announcement at the bottom of this post.)
I talk a lot about how to improve garden health because it’s obviously a vital step for growing nutrient-dense organic food.
That’s why the first 6 months of The Academy – my members-only online organic gardening course – are largely about how to optimize the health of your soil and plants.
The reason the following steps are so important is because we’re trying to grow plants that probably wouldn’t be growing in our gardens on their own, plants that often need quite a lot of nutrition, as is the case for a majority of our most common vegetables.
It’s November, which means:
- Christmas music is beginning to waft through stores across North America, and
- I’m preparing my garden for winter.
The most important task for preparing a garden for winter is getting that soil good and covered.
There are a few ways you can tackle that:
Insects like this praying mantis take care of my garden for me.
One of my goals is to have a self-sustaining garden.
Today is a good example of why. Heather and I are visiting her brother and his family in New York City.
I don’t know how anyone gets anything done with a 3 year old (sorry, 3 and a half) and a new baby in the house!
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.
Lawn top dressing with compost produces a thick, green lawn
Lawn top dressing is when you apply a thin layer of material onto the lawn. Lawn dressing is often done with sand and that’s where the problem is.
Sand is used because people think it will improve air space and water infiltration and drainage. These are important organic gardening goals, but top dressing lawn with sand does not help achieve them.
No matter what your soil is composed of, putting sand on top can cause drainage problems and dry pockets in the soil. And there’s more.