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Is Finished Compost the Only Thing You Need for Your Soil and Plants?

If you’re an organic gardener, even a beginner, I can almost bet you’ve heard of and/or read about compost.

Have the articles that you’ve read given their definition of compost? You can’t assume that their definition of compost is the same as the one you have in your mind.

It’s important to have the same meaning or description of compost as the writer. Otherwise, […]

Following Standard Gardening Advice / Some Examples/And Why it Might Happen

Seed starting season is here and we’ll be transplanting to our gardens before we can catch a deep breath.

onion seedlings

I hope you’re looking forward to the new season. If you’re a long time reader of TMG you’ve learned to save lots of time by not doing things that conventional wisdom dictates you “have to” do.

You already know if you work […]

Soil Improvement /More on What Changes Poor Soil to Good

I’ve received some emails over the past few months that have indicated a lack of understanding of what changes poor soil to good soil, and about what compost is and isn’t.

One reader, a relatively new gardener, does a lot of searching for information about what he should do.

Not wanting to double-dig his heavy clay soil, he searched for information that would possibly […]

Real Soil – Fake Soil – and a Reader’s Question about Mulch

I find it rather amazing that product marketing has convinced a lot of gardeners that in-soil-gardening is passé; in other words old fashion and out dated.

Buying a bag of something or other – even though it has no nutrient value whatsoever – is just what is needed to raise veggies – so they say. Throw in a little compost to give a few […]

Peppers – Lush growth/no fruit – and other problems

I’ve experienced some things this year with peppers that were unusual in my garden and I thought my observations may be of benefit to you as well. I had that thought after Betty left a comment to my last post mentioning some things happening with her peppers and asking if I had any ideas. (I do.)

And by the way, if you love bees, […]

Organic Residues – The Needed Energy for Soil Fertility

Through millennia farmers have known that the soil must be fed (with organic materials) and nurtured to keep it producing. This basic understanding was lost by conventional agriculture when chemicals (and high dollar marketing) came on the scene 100 plus years ago.

As a result of the inundation of chemicals on our soils, they have become depleted of all that is needed to grow […]

Organic Gardening – Adding Commercial Fertilizers – Nutrient Dense Food

The use of organic fertilizer products (and/or insecticides) is not really what organic gardening is about.

True organic gardening strives to create a fertile soil by a natural cycling of organic material. When the living organisms in the soil are supported and nourished by decayed organic material and cover crops, they produce healthy crops which in turn create health in humans and animals that […]

Blossom End Rot and All Other Garden Problems – Are you Missing the Big Picture?

After reading the post I just put up on Blossom End Rot (BER), a new reader is still puzzled about why she has it.

Here’s her situation: She is a second year gardener. Her first year of gardening she laid bales of straw down on top of sod and planted her tomatoes into the straw. The tomatoes had BER.

The second year (this year) […]

A Reader’s Questions on Soil Preparation

I received an email yesterday from Bill, a new subscriber living in Pennsylvania. He writes,

“I have wet and heavy clay which means I need to raise my beds in order to promote proper drainage.

I was thinking of bringing in topsoil, manure and compost and just mixing it together right on top of the existing soil. The existing soil has grass right now. […]

Organic Gardening – The Laws (Principles) are Fixed – The Methods are Endless

In order to be successful in organic gardening there are universal laws (principles and/or fundamental truths) that have to be adhered to. Going against them is a sure recipe for failure. That’s just the way it is. And it doesn’t really matter what your opinions and/or beliefs are because these laws are set and sure. Following them means success. Going against them means failure.

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