The soil food web is made up of all kinds of soil critters that have a symbiotic relationship with plants and act as nature’s very own nutrient recycling system. Learn how to nurture your soil biology so that beneficial microbes feed your plants and you can stop using synthetic fertilizers.
Ashwagandha has been used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic medicine to promote overall longevity and wellness. It is commonly referred to as Indian ginseng for its powerful rejuvenating and restorative properties. Learn more about ashwagandha’s benefits, how to grow it, and how to prepare your own tonics and supplements.
For the scientifically-minded, there is one measurement to pay attention to if you want a sweet and juicy harvest: the brix. Increasing this one measurement will improve your crop’s flavor and nutrition, extend its shelf life, and keep pests at bay. Learn how to measure and improve your garden’s brix.
Seeds of Grace is a non-profit that builds community gardens in Washington State and Mexico. Each garden donates their produce to community organizations such as homeless shelters, food banks, after school programs, and Meals on Wheels. I sat down with Seeds of Grace founder, Karole Johnson, to ask her how others can start building community gardens where they live. She offered several helpful suggestions based on what she has learned over the years.
There is a garden nestled among the trees of Sequim, WA, that has gained worldwide attention through an internet documentary called Back to Eden. The documentary stars a humble, but revolutionary, gardener named Paul Gautschi and his home garden. Paul hasn’t watered his garden in 34 years, he doesn’t rotate his crops or till his soil, and his only garden tools are a rake and a wheelbarrow. The results? Pests and disease don’t bother his plants and the food he grows is juicier and sweeter than anything I’ve ever tasted. Even better, his methods are completely free.