Great Garden Soil

Hi folks,

a raised bed is one choice for your veggie garden
Building awesome living soil in a raised veggie bed

I’ve had several clients and new students ask about garden soil.  It seems many folks that have tried to garden have wanted to quit because their garden didn’t do well.  Most times it turns out it was their soil that was at issue.

Soil is the foundation of our garden and can grow our plants for us.  I have put together a 5 Day Free email course on soil, so you can transform your understanding of good garden soil, to begin to transform your garden.


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5 Steps to Prep Old or Future Garden Beds Now

make living soil
You can also do this around perennial plantings like blueberries as we did in this pic

Post update: This process can be done any time of year ..

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Happy autumn!

As the days grow shorter and cool down, fall is a great time to get outside.  Save yourself some work next spring by preparing your current or future garden now with these easy steps:

  1. Chop old dying plants off at ground level, or mow very low, and chop up the above ground parts
  2. Put either cardboard or 4 sheets of newspaper down over your existing beds, or over an area you would like to make a garden next year.
  3. If it is a windy day, hose down the cardboard/paper so it does not blow away while you are working.
  4. Put the chopped up old plants on top of the cardboard/newspaper (or you can compost it)
  5. Top off with leaves racked from your yard and then a bit of hardwood mulch to hold it all in place and look tidy

You’ve just accomplished:

  •  Beginning to build healthy living soil that will grow great plants for you
  • If the bed is current – provided weed suppression for next spring planting
  • If the bed will be new next year – you have started eradicating grass or whatever is currently in the space so making the bed will be much easier next spring

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Happy Gardening !

Foundations of Organic Gardening Info Series – Start with the Soil

Garden with carrots, beets, sunflowers, peppers, tomatoes and pole beans
Sunny Summer Organic Garden

The literal foundation of your organic garden is healthy living soil that supports billions of organisms who live synergistically. They create an environment that grows healthy plants for you.

But just as there are loads of creatures in healthy living soil, there are other aspects that make a thriving garden. Each post in this series will focus on one Foundational aspect of organic gardening. If you are interested in more, consider taking our Foundations of Organic Garden Course

So how do you build healthy living soil ? From the top down. What does that mean ? On top of the ground, you add carbon rich stuff, like paper and cardboard, as well as leaves and mulch that will decompose into black dirt.

Also add compost and rock dust. All this can be mixed into the native soil and you are on your way ! The compost adds a variety of nutrients and the rock dust re-mineralizes the soil.

Check back each week in July for an Organic Garden Foundation info post.

Happy Gardening !