Experimenting with a Cover Crop in a No-Dig Garden

In a garden building healthy soil is vital. It's recommended that cover crops be dug into the soil but I'm experimenting with using them in a no-dig garden.

Why I Haven’t Used Cover Crops in the Past

One of the most important things to me as an organic gardener is to build healthy soil, so that I can have healthy, nutrient-dense produce. I’ve found that a great way to do that is by building no-dig, lasagna style garden beds.

Cover crops have interested me because of their ability to revitalize soil, but I’ve never actually planted a cover crop because of the recommendation to till them under in the spring. I’m pretty adamant about not wanting to till my garden – here’s why.Continue Reading

July’s Garden

Sometimes you think there won’t be a garden. Winter wouldn’t end this year. And I can’t tell you how many times I’ve planted and re-planted beans and cucumbers and carrots and chard because of those blasted critters. And then it happens . . . Horseradish - In the garden

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Preventing Late Blight in Tomatoes

Organic prevention of late blight in tomatoes

What is late blight?

The weather here in NEPA has been cooler than normal. Instead of the hazy-hot-and-humid-chance-of-an-afternoon-thunderstorm weather typical for July, we’ve had mild days with cool nights great for sleeping, along with a fair share of rain. And that’s the perfect prescription for the spread of the the pathogen Phytophthora infestans, better known as late blight.Continue Reading

Make Your Own Hypertufa Birdbath

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“Hypertufa is an anthropic rock made from various aggregates bonded together using Portland cement. Hypertufa is intended as a manufactured substitute for natural tufa, which is a slowly precipitated limestone rock; being very porous, it is favorable for plant growth.”

Every gardener knows how important it is to attract birds to their garden. They are great at providing pest control and eating weed seeds, and add beauty to our gardens. Providing water is one way to attract these feathered friends, and yet we had no birdbath in our yard. The shame.Continue Reading