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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 […]

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 […]

Glyphosate – Round-up™– Things You Might Want to Consider

Glyphosate is an herbicide that came on the scene in 1964 when it was patented by the Stauffer chemical company. It’s the active ingredient in Round-up™ which has been the flagship product of the company Monsanto for many years.

Round-up™ is promoted as being “a perfect fit with the vision of sustainable agriculture and environmental protection.” (You can read it for yourself on the […]

Want to Increase Your Garden’s Chances of Success for Next Year?

The more soil area plant roots have access to, the more abundantly they can produce. (That’s one of the main reasons for deep soil preparation when you start a garden.)

The specific soil organisms that partner with and help 90% of all plants and extend the root systems of the plant up to 2,500 times what the plant could reach by itself, won’t survive […]

Microbes – Mycorrhizal Fungi – Helping Your Garden Succeed

Over the past few years I’ve noticed more and more articles about microbes (a/k/a soil life).

With the increased knowledge of microbes will come increased promotion of products advertised as being beneficial to your soil life. And in some cases where the soil has been abused maybe they’d be helpful.

Chemicals, over tilling, compacting soil, using fungicides, etc. All cause a decline in soil […]