How To Make Effective Microorganisms (EM)
Making effective microorganisms in a carboy

In gardening, there’s a lot of talk about chemistry – the fertilizer, NPK, etc.

And that’s important stuff, but I like to spend just as much time on the biology – the microorganisms, insects, animals (and of course plants).

It’s especially the microorganisms that really rule our gardens.

Today I’m excited to teach you all about these good microbes and how to make effective microorganisms.

They improve the soil, increase plant health and yield, help keep pests away, and are some of the most important beneficial bacteria and yeasts in the world.

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Using a soil inoculant may seem kind of unnatural, so let’s start with why it might be a good idea.

The most important life forms in your garden are too small to see.

Microbes cover every soil surface and even inhabit the insides of all larger organisms.

They have a dramatic effect on plant health and nutrition, as well as our own.

In most gardens, the microbiome has been thrown out of balance by things like tilling, chemical fertilizers and pesticides.

And also the generally toxic environment we live in with pollution, antibiotics and other pharmaceuticals in our air and fresh water. Read More

Organic Vegetable Garden Sheet Mulch
Here’s the beginning of my sheet mulch – newspaper and manure

This week, I started laying the groundwork for an organic vegetable garden.

I’ve been digging out some grass for the beds (6-8 inches below soil level in some spots to put in a good, deep path) and sheet mulching other areas right on top of the grass.

I’ll post a video tomorrow to show where I’m at.

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