Leaf Mold? Black Gold! Leaf compost is simple, free, and will transform you garden soil If there’s a single ingredient I recommend for almost any soil, it’s the leaves that carpet the ground every fall. I like to use them
Don’t Fall Down on the Job – Spring Starts with Autumn Soil Care
Get spring gardens off the ground with autumn soil care If you’re like me, the momentum of a busy summer builds to takes over my best laid plans for organization and order sometime in mid-August. When autumn arrives, I feel
Healthy Soil during Drought
Resilience Starts with Life “…but what do I do for the living soil during drought?” As the Down & Dirty workshop tours the West Coast, from Seattle to San Diego, this is the question on everyone’s mind – and for
Buckwheat Green Manure: Fill the Summer Gap to Build Soils Fast
Simple Summer Buckwheat: Fast, friendly, and fresh summer soil food for the short gap to build long-lasting soil health At last, summer has arrived! Gardens overflow and our hands are happily busy weeding, seeding, harvesting spring veggies, and prepping for fall. If you are like
Tips for building healthy soil: A scientist’s down-to-earth approach in The Oregonian
Fertilizers or Amendments? What to Use for Soil Food
Fertilizers or Amendments. Does the difference have you scratching your head? Soil fertilizers or amendments. Confused? There’s a good reason. There’s not a sharp line between fertilizers and amendments. Fertilizers can be amendments and amendments can be fertilizers. They both
Soil Food for Greener Gardens: The Best Amendments in Your Own Backyard.
A guest blog post about soil food at Garden Therapy.
Feed the Soil, Part 1: What are Organic Soil Amendments
The what and why of organic soil amendments and soil food What’s the secret to rich, productive soil? Food! Soil has to eat…just like us and every other living thing out there. Our most important garden job is feeding the
Got a Brown Thumb? Stick it in a Green Manure!
How to Get Started with Cover Crops and Green Manures in the Garden For a long time cover crops and green manures seemed like a dream. Growing plants in my garden that both fertilized and built up dark, rich soils –