Innisfree Hotels/Flickr In their book, The Hidden Half of Nature, authors David R. Montgomery and Anne Biklé show just how intertwined the health of our gardens is with the microbial world. Here are some of their tips for taking care of the beneficial microbes in your garden soil. 1. Cover Up Bare Soil Helpful microbes […]
Just because the weather is getting cool doesn’t mean your gardening chores are finished. Don’t miss this important step in maintaining garden health.
Cover cropping is a strategy used by many growers, both large- and small-scale, to improve the soil without the use of chemicals. Cover crops offer your garden many benefits, ranging from reduced erosion and compaction to increased fertility and soil organic matter, and different types of cover crops serve different purposes: Legumes, for example, boost […]
Courtesy iStock/Thinkstock For urban farmers, who generally have a small growing space, it’s very much possible to give your crops a balanced nutritional boost with a homemade complete organic fertilizer. The major concern when designing a complete organic fertilizer is achieving as much balance as possible without creating excess nutrients. Deficiencies are easy to remedy; […]