for Maximum Nutrition
Rock Dusts & Sea Solids
Liquid Fertilizer and plant
the garden - succession planting
Where to ask questions
for Maximum Nutrition - Most produce, from store
or garden, organic or not, is not as high in nutrition as it
could be. Kris outlines the steps to boost the nutrition
in your garden produce.
I'm sure there is
lots of other good info about organic gardening on the Internet, but doing a quick Google
search on 'Organic Gardening' yielded a lot of very commercial sites, mostly
very disappointing. Unfortunately this is the direction that 'Organic' is
taking, hence the search for new descriptions - beyond
organic, eco- farming, sustainable ag, authentic
food. For more in depth information about this topic check out Eco-Ag
- a blog by Michael Astera on the need for quality in our foods and
remineralization in our soils.
"I won't rest until farming is cooler than rock 'n roll!"
Gardener - Andy Lopez - "Alternatives
to Chemicals for the Natural Home, Organic Gardener, Organic Farmer and Organic
Professional" You have to join to get info from this site, but Andy
will answer your questions if you do. Andy's
Garden Gate Into the Garden and Beyond...
"The Garden Gate is a non-commercial service provided for the enjoyment and
edification of recreational gardeners everywhere."
Doctor , especially http://www.dirtdoctor.com/faq.php?letter=A
"For those who have realized that toxic chemistry is not the answer,
welcome to the Natural Way. If you have made the decision to change, I can
help. The answers are here in these pages. The key is for you
and your family to garden, work, play and live with organic
techniques to have better landscaping, better health, more
cost effectiveness and more enjoyment of life."
This site from Tasmania (Yes, that's
southern hemisphere!) is quite good:
Backyard Organic Gardening
"Originating from Hobart, in Southern Tasmania, this is the grassroots
e-source for information about the basics of backyard organic gardening."
Information from OrganicGardening.com, has some good simple information,
although the site is pretty commercial and I don't always agree with their
to Forever gives an international flavor to organic gardening
recommendations. There is some fascinating information there.
Other sources of basic information:
The Rodale Institute
The Organic Transition Course may
be helpful for basics, although it barely touches on the importance of proper
mineral balance in the soil. You need more than pH levels to determine your
need for calcium (lime).
Earth News Gardening site
Dirt Gardener's Gardening Journal - Includes a section on gardening by
phases of the moon.
Bio-Control Network -
Bio-Rational Solutions for an Ever Shrinking Planet. www.biconet.com
Care - www.safelawns.org
Getting your questions answered:
If you are serious about organic gardening I'd
recommend getting Rodale's
All-New Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening: The Indispensable Resource for Every
Gardener . It has been my bible whenever I have
gardening questions, although that left many questions unanswered.
reference books that can be helpful.
So, in addition, I joined the Organic
Gardening mailing list. There have been some experts on this list who have
faithfully answered all kinds of questions.
This is how you join the Organic Gardening mailing list:
Put nothing in subject line.
In body of message write:
SUBSCRIBE OGL [your name]
Send to: LISTSERV@LSV.UKY.EDU
* And for those of you in Northwest Ohio there
Northwest Ohio Organic Forum.
* Organic Gardening
Discussion Forum at Dave's Garden may
be helpful, but there is a subscription fee for full access:
* The Invisible Gardener http://www.invisiblegardener.com/
* GardenWeb, The
Internet’s Garden Community
This is the Organic Gardening Forum page
Gardens - a social network for urban gardeners.
Here are some
good composting sites:
– lots of info about composting.
Composting Web site -
ever wanted to know about composting, but were afraid to ask?
- Not quite, but we do
hope we've assembled some useful information."
Composting 101 www.planetnatural.com/composting-101
City Composting - big time! www.growingpower.org,
Will Allen's remarkable program, Growing Power, that composts tons of
city garbage "to grow food, to
grow minds, and to grow community." Will's
Worm Composting Guides http://www.wormcompostingtips.com/
- Mary Appelhof's Site for Worm Composting Resources
Digest blog - Worms Deepening Our Connection
to Food and Soil
sample analysis of commercial worm castings and another
site with very different analysis
Worm & worm bins sources:
World of Worms www.worldofworms.com
Uncle Jim's Worm Farm unclejimswormfarm.com
Humanure Handbook - A Guide to Composting Human Manure
Humanure Headquarters: http://www.humanurehandbook.com/
Organic Fertilizers (More
Rock Dusts & Sea
Complementing compost, which is recycling local materials, is the
use of mineral rich rock dusts from elsewhere, sea
solids, and sea weeds, which can be rich sources of trace minerals essential
to excellent plant and animal life.
to Improve Topsoil from ChampionTrees.org
Lots of info here about rock dusts, their benefits, and sources.
Rock Dusts for Human Nutrition by Harvey Lisle -
no longer available, but here is his book on the topic:
Enlivened Rock Powders
by Harvey Lisle
More info at Gardening
For Maximum Nutrition - Fertilizer Sources
* Pest Control
A well managed organic
garden will support healthy plants which do not invite much attack by insect
pests, but if you need help with a pest problem this site may be useful:
Sorry, this site is now available only to members. An on-line membership is
$14.95. You may find it useful. There is lots of info on using herbal infusions
for pest control.
Good site for identifying
Weeds and what they tell about your soil.
Weed Libary by YardCare.com
American Fruit Explorers
NAFEX is a network of individuals throughout the United States and Canada
devoted to the discovery, cultivation and appreciation of superior varieties of
fruits and nuts.
Recommended source of potted fruit trees
Edible Landscaping - http://eat-it.com/
Apple Grower by Michael Phillips
fruit trees - White Method
further where sustainable agriculture is going check out these resources:
By John Jeavons
From In Context, A Quarterly of Humane Sustainable Culture
"Using resources more efficiently - doing more with less - allows us to use
our personal energy more effectively... [T]he world is on the verge of a
major new discovery - that there are major economies of small scale, such as the
miniaturization of agriculture. The sophisticated low-technology techniques and
the approaches involved in this kind of food-raising will make possible truly
sustainable agricultural practices globally."
* Four Season Farm,
the home page of Elliot Coleman, of Four Season Harvest fame.
* Don't Panic, Eat Organic
An Organic Grower’s Homepage
Dozens of links to all kinds of info
Journey To Forever is
a fascinating Web site.
This is the library page that has links to the text of
many landmark but out of print books on sustainable agriculture and related
topics. And the menus show lots of other very informative pages.
has good information about
pruning, especially what not to do.
REASONS TO STOP TOPPING TREES
DON'T TURN YOUR VALUABLE COMMUNITY ASSETS INTO
LEGAL, AESTHETIC AND ECONOMIC LIABILITIES!