Organic

3 Essentials for High Quality Potting Soil

Tips for selecting a good potting soil If you want to grow just a few really good plants in a smaller space and do not want to spend a lot of time in researching, shopping and mixing your own soils, then you may want to just buy some high end pre-mixed potting soil and get […]

Planning for a Small Space Garden

The core issue here is the limited space, almost everything, from the space to the containers to the tools are smaller than the common backyard garden. This will affect the other key issues such as what to plant (smaller varieties), where to plant (pots, boxes, and walls), and when to plant (succession or rotation planting). Here we will […]

Dressing Up Pumice – The Understated Soil Ingredient

Most people never stop to think much about the little white particles in a bag of potting soil. They are noticeable but a very minor presence in the overall amount of soil in the bag. In years past, I remember thinking about those little white pieces with some annoyance because I didn’t know what they […]

Spring Surprises

I know we’re nearing the end of summer but as I harvest flowers and vegetables (mostly oh so many tomatoes – 14 large ones and over 40 cherries yesterday alone) and still a few ever-bearing strawberries, I think back to the beginning of the season when a few spectacular flowers appeared in my gardens for […]

Evolution of a New Garden!

It’s time to share the story of my front yard, small as it is. I often find myself saying to people these days as they arriving at or leaving my home, “isn’t that amazing”!  I’m not often taken to bragging but am somewhat amazed myself, as I often am when wonder at the ability of […]

The Right Time For Worm Castings

A couple weeks ago at a nearby outdoor growers market a woman I was talking to stated that, “we wouldn’t be alive without worms”.  I chuckled thinking that was an interesting thought and perhaps a bit exaggerated. But then a few seconds later quickly agreed with her. Worms are essential for growing things in all […]

What’s In The Bag?  About Organic Gardening Soil

For most of us that prefer to buy organically grown food, we first think that the food hasn’t been sprayed or the animals we may be eating ate food that wasn’t sprayed with harmful chemicals. That is a great start but not where it all “starts”.  Certified organic food is grown from organically produced seeds […]

Water Efficiency and Soil

In many parts of the country, many of us have already started thinking about watering or irrigating our yards. Where I live the summers can get rather hot and the skies can stay dry for a few months on end.Where hand watering lead to in-ground sprinkling systems primarily due to convenience, we are all becoming […]

Fun in Making of Soil Blocks

Before we get too much further into the season, at least up north here, it’s fun to talk about soil blocks.  Soil blocks are gaining in popularity with home gardeners.  Since I talked about starting seeds last week and how seed starting mixes work and and how they are designed, it is worth talking about […]

Getting Started with Starting Seeds

Many Ways to Start Seeds – From Simple To Complex or Fancy While some started weeks ago, many gardeners are in full swing planting seeds.  Of course, this all depends in what climate zone you live in and what you want to grow. Living in the Pacific Northwest I sometimes forget a large part of the […]

10 Tips For Buying Great Potting Soil

Many people are confused about what is the best potting soil when buying garden soil for their gardens, outdoors or indoors. I know when I’ve been at the store I can find myself in a conundrum about what bag of soil to buy when faced with a multitude of brands and often several types within […]

The Many Meanings of “Organic” – Part II

Thanks for checking back in for Part II of our discussion about what “organic” means as relates to compost.  To summarize Part I of this article, “organic” compost is primarily regulated by the USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP). The USDA has accredited 85 certifying agencies, of which there are currently 49 in the U.S.  The Organic Materials […]