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.
After over five years of planning our perfect homestead, we made our dream a reality last year when we purchased our home on 6.5 acres. Although my head was full of idealistic fantasies, I quickly learned the reality was much more challenging than I had bargained for. Here’s a look at the projects we tackled this past year. It may have been hard, but it was worth it.
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.
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.