The Genius of Living Mulch

Soil that’s undercover, hums with life. In this cool, moist environment mineral exchange and immunity are high. Whether mulch is inert – hay, straw, woodchip or living – or a living cover of plants, doesn’t matter. I use a mixture … either way works. Though living mulch has a few trumps – diversity and all […]

For Less Disease + Better Vegies – Water Like a Pro

Sometime this month or next we’ll be gearing up for watering. Before summer hits proper I want to encourage you to ponder the way you water. In part to conserve this precious resource, but also to improve the overall health of your gardens. Overwatering creates fungus and encourages sappy, pest prone foliage. Underwatering means minerals […]

December In The Vegie Patch

A daily stroll is your secret garden weapon this December. Catching problems when they’re small makes for simple solutions = a peaceful easy life.  Pinching little laterals off your tomatoes and peppers leaves tiny wounds that heal in a flash and prevent viruses and bacteria getting in. Squashing little groups of aphids or a few […]

Easy-as Alternatives to Weed Spray

Here are simple, integrated alternatives to herbicide. I hope you use these ideas at home, at school and in your community this spring and forever more. Salt Salt is the answer to your driveway weeds. No plant survives beneath a dollop of salt! Salt is also useful along hard edges, under the letterbox, along the […]