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 […]

Answering a Reader’s Question – Root Crops – pH – bone meal – Buckwheat – and more

Ask any question about gardening and you can get a multitude of answers. The problem comes in knowing what information to act on.

How we receive information we read or hear (what we end up believing and acting on) depends in most cases on what we already have stored in our mind, be it true or false.

Make no mistake about it, repetition is […]

Soil Test — the Pros and Cons

In my first decade of gardening every time I read about a new “organic” soil amendment or fertilizer I could hardly wait to try it.  Whatever it was — always seemed just the right thing that I “might” need. (“Might” is the key word  there — no definites.)

Adding things to your soil that increase or decrease minerals like calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus and […]