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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


Fertile Soil

Soil is one of the most important components in a successful garden. When we talk about having good soil we are referring to the fertility and the texture of the soil. Fertile soil contains a balance of the essential nutrients needed to support microbial and plant life. The 3 primary nutrients used by plants are nitrogen, phosphorus …

May 22nd, 2014  |  Published in Organic Gardening, Sustainable Living


Vermiculture: Let the Worms do the sorting!

Vermicuture is a great way to involve your children in building healthy soil. Besides helping Rhett and I make organic fertilizer (worm castings) , our kids get to geek out with hands-on-science, not to mention develop problem solving skills learned while watching worms recycle paper and turn their table scraps into soil. To maximize space, we use a store-bought “continuous …

May 20th, 2014  |  Published in Organic Gardening, Sustainable Living  |  1 Comment


Building Healthy Soil with Compost

Building and maintaining healthy soil is the fundamental basis of organic gardening and farming. Healthy soil is created by practicing soil building techniques that add organic matter to the soil and help maintain a healthy environment for earth worms and microorganisms to flourish. Healthy soil protects a plant’s structure, its fertility, and increases the nutritional …

May 19th, 2014  |  Published in Organic Gardening, Sustainable Living


Add Some Artistry to Your Garden

by Megan Cain, the Creative Vegetable Gardener photos by Amelia John Photography The first few years of establishing a vegetable garden is focused on learning the ins and outs of growing vegetables. You are learning when to plant each crop, which varieties of tomatoes you like best, and how to tell the difference between weeds …

May 19th, 2014  |  Published in Organic Gardening  |  2 Comments


 
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