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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, […]

Garden notes and pictures – May

Eating asparagus, some strawberries, onions, various lettuces and greens, rapini, collards, radishes, parsley, sorrel, and thyme.  Potatoes are growing quickly so “new” potatoes are not too far in the future.

Garlic and Onions

After that nice rain we had yesterday I noticed that about 8 garlic plants had turned brown over night. I pulled them up right away because I’ve had that happen before.

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Grow Nutrient Dense Food – with the “easiest and simplest garden out there”

When folks become aware of what’s going on in the food industry and learn the real story behind modern day agriculture, I think their thoughts probably turn to ways they can obtain food free from poisons.  Also, food that is more nutrient dense than most available in grocery stores.

Years ago, the first thought for many was to obtain organic food. (*Food raised on […]

Why You’re Special/Stories/and 2 pictures

Judith, a fairly new reader emailed me in February and said, “I ran across your amazing web site and am interested in subscribing to TMG but would like to know what the fee is to subscribe,  if any,  before getting involved in the process.”

As you know, my way of gardening is very simple and easy. But in order for anyone to benefit from […]

Organic Pest Control – Is It Just About the Soil?

As I’ve said many times over the past six years when writing for TMG, healthy soil consistently enriched with organic matter is first and foremost in guaranteeing the success of your garden.

Healthy soil feeds our plants, and it helps protect them from diseases and pests.

Plants grown in poor soil that don’t have good soil life to help them be healthy, literally put […]

More Garden Observations – Answering Reader’s Questions – End of June

I’ve been getting a few emails from various readers and I think the questions they’re asking are common to many more gardeners than just the handful that write to me.

I’ve said it many times, but it bears repeating: promotion to sell products has greatly influenced how most gardeners look at their garden and how they expect crops to perform.

I think it especially […]

New to Organic Gardening & Proving the Skeptics Wrong

I received an email in mid-May from a young woman in North Carolina who had just ordered and received my book on Organic Gardening. She started her first garden this year and wants it to be organic.

She wrote: “—my Mom keeps telling me it will be eaten up with critters, since I want it to be organic. So I look forward to learning […]

Sharing Garden Observations – in a Wet, Cold May

It’s amazing how quickly things are changing in the garden on a daily basis.

Brussels sprouts, Russian kale, chard, endive/escarole lettuce, and cresses are blooming and setting seed. Mache (from the winter) is about done dropping it’s seed. The mache plants that served as a cover crop for the winter are turning brown and the earth is exposed through its now scant foliage. When […]

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 […]

How You Garden – Is It a Programmed Response?

How do you garden? Why do you garden that way? What are the beliefs behind what you do in gardening and anything else?

Did you search for the way that’s in accordance with fact and reality. Or have you just done it that way for so long that on a deep level you have accepted it as fact.

Most of us, if we stop […]