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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, […]

Vegetable Plants – Not Growing? Stunted? Yellow Leaves?

How many of us have transplanted our cucumber and squash seedlings (both winter and summer squash) to the garden and had them sit there for what seems like an eternity (3 weeks) and not do anything but get worse looking than when we put them in the ground?

And how upsetting is it when we lovingly and with great anticipation plant our tomatoes and […]

Hassle-Free Organic Gardening

In February one of the newspapers in our area, the Rappahannock Record in Kilmarnock, contacted me and wanted me to do an article for their Windows Home & Garden supplement to be released for Garden Week – this week.

The young woman in charge wrote, “—we were wondering if you could write about a hassle-free way of organic gardening. Lots of folks would like […]

Organic Can – The Encouraging Truth

It’s interesting that even many people who want organic and grow organic think that organic can’t feed the world.

That statement is made so many times by big agri-business because it’s in the best interest of their profits to have that statement believed by the vast majority.

And if any statement is repeated enough, people come to believe it whether it’s a lie or […]

Soil – Can You Wear it Out?

At the end of a recent post, Gayle, a reader of TMG gave a word of testimony to the effectiveness of my method of gardening.  She said, “This summer I made a point of layering as much straw as possible over walkways and beds, between plants. In just one season, our soil is incredibly rich, dark, friable, and filled with earthworms. Now that it […]

Gardening – Keep it Simple – Because It Is.

In the Beginning —

When I first started gardening 33 years ago — I didn’t know very much.  I just tried to follow nature.

And then —

After a year or so I started to read everything I could find about gardening organically.  In at least a decade of those early years I worried about things like adding bone meal, greensand, blood meal, phosphorous, […]

Organic Gardening – How Near or How Far Away?

If you make a practice of sitting the fence on most things, this article probably won’t be of interest to you. But if you’re definitely on one side or the other of issues that are important to you, I think you’ll relate.

There are two attitudes of approach to almost any issue:  How near can I get to the line (also known as the […]

Organic Gardening and the Value of Cover Crops

For centuries cover crops have been used to improve soil quality and fertility. They accomplish this by both their root structure and their above ground biomass.

In addition cover crops can

suppress weeds, bring beneficial insects, scavenge minerals from deep in the soil,

Oil radish is another easy cover crop that is said to bring up unused nutrients in the soil for the […]

Potatoes – Are Yours Disfigured?

The potatoes have been beautiful as well as delicious this year. You can understand my surprise and disappoint when I harvested some the other day that were less than beautiful.  They had a common potato disease called potato scab.

Still OK to Eat

The good news is they’re ok to eat and still delicious. Just cut the unsightly part away from the skin and/or […]

You Have Situation Awareness

Far from Organic Gardening –

I dare say I wouldn’t be exaggerating when I say that the vast majority of people today don’t believe for a minute that our world (and that includes all of us in it) are being permanently and unfavorably effected by the tons and tons of herbicides and pesticides used.

And although common sense would dictate the opposite, there are […]