Fortunately for us all — organic gardening is simple— although marketing would have you think otherwise.
On occasion I do a bit of research to see what’s currently “out there” for organic gardeners. It’s interesting to see what other folks are doing and saying about organic gardening.
A Course on Organic Gardening
I happened to come across the website of someone I “knew” who has been an organic gardener for 8 years. This person is now offering a paid course on organic gardening.
The content of the course was of particular interest to me. I was anxious to compare what they say a person needs to know to be successful in organic gardening with what I know they need to know.
Immediately I saw we were on different wave lengths as to what is necessary for success in the garden. (Necessary being the keyword.)
Some of the first topics in the table of contents were:
- how soil forms
- how to determine soil texture and structures,
- cation exchange capacity and NHC (nutrient holding capacity)
- choosing a soil lab
All of these things might be interesting — but had I thought it necessary to know all this before I started gardening — I’d have been very discouraged and into overwhelm right up front.
I didn’t know about any of it and picked up my shovel and went to work.
That was 35 years ago and although now I understand what those topics are about and find them interesting — I absolutely know you don’t need to know those things to be successful in organic gardening.
As I continued to review the contents of the course, I was pleased to see there were some topics that we both felt were important. I’m almost certain however this course approaches most of them from a conventional “what-is-usually-done” viewpoint.
Here are a few topics that were in the course and that I’ve also covered in posts on TMG. (I’ve covered many more than this — but just wanted to give you a sampling.)
- seed starting
- winter gardening (cold frames, floating row covers)
- growing mediums
- raised beds (the paid course tells you how to build them using hammer and nails; I tell you how to do it with a shovel)
- discussions on various vegetables (I have a feeling I give you much more tomatoes, lettuce, onions, potatoes and a few others)
- saving seed
- crop rotation
- succession planting
- hand pollinating
- dividing plants
- landscape design
- cover crops
- organic insecticides
- organic pesticides
- how to control slugs
- double digging and sheet mulching
- improving soil with organic matter
- peat moss
- grass clipping and leaves as mulch (and other mulches)
Gardening is very simple. You don’t have to know anything complicated to get started and be successful. Nature knows all the complex stuff that needs doing. All you have to do is the simple stuff and make her your partner.
Final Thoughts – Free Information , Information that costs, and the Future
I’ve been an organic gardener for 35 years and I know what works. I’ve passed a lot of what I know on to you through the posts of TMG at no cost to you and have been happy to do so.
Unfortunately many people need to pay money for something to feel it is of value. That’s a statistical fact.
If you’re a reader of TMG you’re obviously not one of those people. And from what I hear from those who follow my advice — I think you already know what I do works. I hope you will continue to take advantage of TMG while it’s up and running.
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