The lessons on this website apply to both organic vegetable gardening and organic ornamental gardening.
But since many of us are becoming more and more interested in growing food, my examples often center around vegetable gardens. We know that most produce from the grocery store doesn’t have the nutrition it used to, and we’re excited to learn about organic vegetable gardening methods which allow us to grow our own nutrient-dense organic foods.
We can grow food that has many, many times more nutrients than the food in the grocery store — even the food from the organic section. For this, we need healthy soil, and it doesn’t happen by itself. It’s crafted like a work of art.
It doesn’t happen just by composting, fertilizing or companion planting. It happens through a holistic approach that integrates many disciplines.
With big business getting involved in organic food, it is no longer always more nutritious than conventional food because it’s grown with industrial farming methods that don’t focus on creating healthy plants.
That’s not to put down the thousands of organic producers who are trying to grow more nutritious food. Many of them are succeeding and we should definitely buy from them.
The point of this website, however, is that we can do even better in our own backyards with organic vegetable gardening. We can grow more nutritious food than can be found in the store and market.
Here are my articles on organic vegetable gardening…
If you’re interested in learning how to grow organic food, I have some tips today.
Admittedly this post is a little bit all over the place, but hopefully there’s something in here that will be useful to you.
The video is worth watching, and at minute 3:57 I explain the ‘3 sisters’ that I was planting in the video last week.
(At the beginning of the video, I say ‘Back from Amsterdam!’ – that’s because I shot this video last year when I had just returned from my trip there where my sister and I had made a bunch of videos on container gardening.)
Before we even get to these permaculture principles today, it’s a good idea to take some time to choose your goals.
You may want fresh, healthy food, a space to relax and be inspired, impressive flowers to brighten up the street, a play zone for kids – the potential benefits are as diverse as people.
Conventional landscape design tends to look at gardens mostly in terms of aesthetics (e.g. bright fall color) and function (e.g. a privacy screen).
Holy smokes, I’m in Amsterdam! I’m here visiting my sister!
We’re going on some little organic gardening adventures while I’m here, to get everything we need to do some organic container gardening.
And we’re going to take you with us. I’m super excited!
I’ll be posting a new short video every day for 12 or so days, to give you some useful container gardening ideas.
The 3 sisters: corn, beans and squash
Today, I have an excellent companion planting chart to share with you.
But first, let’s briefly get into what companion planting is and why it can be useful.
Companion gardening involves pairing plants that work well together.
I’ll use the 3 sister guild as an example, which are 3 plants that were originally combined by Native Americans in such a way that the plants all helped each other out.
Continued from What Is Brix?.
The second reason we may conduct a brix test is more practical and useful in our vegetable gardens.
First, we take our refractometer and measure brix in a leaf or especially a fruit from one of our plants, for example a tomato.
When I started learning about brix, I got super excited about organic vegetable gardening. To me, brix is one of the most fascinating topics in organic gardening.
What Is Brix
So what is brix? Here’s my basic brix definition: it measures the dissolved solids in plant juice, which includes sucrose and fructose, vitamins and minerals, protein and amino acids, and many others.