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Rootstock Radio: Seed Stories with Diane Ott Whealy of Seed Savers Exchange

Download   This week, guest host Anne O’Connor speaks with Diane Ott Whealy, co-founder and vice president of Seed Savers Exchange. Seeds have become a hot button topic this year, from seed sovereignty (the right of farmers to save, use, exchange and sell their own seeds) to the availability of non-GMO and organically raised seeds. …

September 23rd, 2015  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Organic Gardening, Rootstock Radio


5 Simple Ways to Make Your Garden a Powerhouse: It’s All in the Soil!

Editor’s Note: “5 Simple Ways to Make Your Garden a Powerhouse: It’s All in the Soil!” was written by CROPP Cooperative / Organic Valley Soils Agronomist, Mark Kopecky. Is your garden not what it used to be? The tomatoes aren’t as sweet as they once were—or they aren’t producing like they used to? Your peppers …

July 13th, 2015  |  Published in Featured Post, Grass Up!, Organic Gardening


Starting a School Garden: Academics

In celebration of Farm to School month, we’d like to focus on an integral part of farm to school programs: school gardens. Follow our step-by-step guide from gaining school approval to integrating lesson plans. School gardens offer a multitude of educational opportunities and health benefits, including building food literacy, increasing fruit and vegetable consumption in …

October 29th, 2014  |  Published in Organic Gardening, Sustainable Living


Starting a School Garden: Planting

In celebration of Farm to School month, we’d like to focus on an integral part of farm to school programs: school gardens. Follow our step-by-step guide from gaining school approval to integrating lesson plans. School gardens offer a multitude of educational opportunities and health benefits, including building food literacy, increasing fruit and vegetable consumption in …

October 23rd, 2014  |  Published in Organic Gardening, Sustainable Living


Starting a School Garden: Planning

In celebration of Farm to School month, we’d like to focus on an integral part of farm to school programs: school gardens. Follow our step-by-step guide from gaining school approval to integrating lesson plans. School gardens offer a multitude of educational opportunities and health benefits, including building food literacy, increasing fruit and vegetable consumption in children, …

October 17th, 2014  |  Published in Organic Gardening, Sustainable Living


Starting a School Garden: The Basics

In celebration of Farm to School month, we’d like to focus on an integral part of farm to school programs: school gardens. Follow our step-by-step guide from gaining school approval to integrating lesson plans. School gardens offer a multitude of educational opportunities and health benefits, including building food literacy, enhancing fruit and vegetable consumption in …

October 8th, 2014  |  Published in Organic Gardening, Sustainable Living


DIY: Saving Vegetable Seeds

Fall has officially arrived and the majority of my garden is turning brown. In the past, I would throw the dying plants in the compost bin at the end of the season and call it a day. I’d even compost those weird wrinkly veggies that seemed to be clinging to the plant for dear life. This …

September 30th, 2014  |  Published in Featured Post, In the Kitchen, Organic Gardening, Sustainable Living


A Spot of Compost Tea

Summer is finally here and my vegetable garden is happily soaking up the sunshine! We didn’t get a chance to dig a new garden in the spring. I couldn’t bear the thought of not growing veggies, so I did a little research and got creative. I decided to attempt small space gardening and planted everything from …

July 11th, 2014  |  Published in Featured Post, Organic Gardening, Sustainable Living


Fork it!

This week we talked about various ways to enhance or build healthy soil. We covered basic composting, vermiculture, adding nutrients to your soil and how to improve the actual soil structure. Now let’s talk about how to preserve all the work you have done by not over-working your soil and by creating raised bed gardens vs. row …

May 24th, 2014  |  Published in Organic Gardening, Sustainable Living  |  1 Comment


Healthy Soil Structure

As I mentioned yesterday, soil structure is incredibly important in maintaining healthy soil. Soil with a healthy structure will allow for proper water movement, heat transfer, and aeration. It has will absorb moisture that would otherwise run off, causing erosion and a loss of nutrients. Without proper drainage or aeration, too much water is retained causing root …

May 23rd, 2014  |  Published in Organic Gardening, Sustainable Living


 
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