Scientists Discover That Plants Communicate via Symbiotic Root Fungi

Soil & Compost
I rarely recopy articles in their entirety to share on this blog, but this one is so awesome, I wanted everyone to see it for sure. Organic gardening is NOT over-rated. It is not strictly for "tree huggers" and vegetarians, it is not a fad or "so 70's", it is critical for health and the well being of humanity. By Dr. Mercola Human arrogance has always assumed we are evolutionarily superior to plants, but it appears that modern science may be the antidote to this egocentric view. Researchers in the UK have discovered an extensive underground network connecting plants by their roots, serving as a complex interplant communication system... a “plant Internet,” if you will. One organism is responsible for this amazing biochemical highway: a type of fungus called mycorrhizae.…
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The Garden of Ethics

Organic Gardening
America's environmental wake-up call is increasingly evident in our own backyards, especially when it comes to our gardens. Through more conscientious gardening such as organic methods, native plantings, and a renewed interest in growing our own food, we're restoring a critical link with the land and even, with ourselves. For too long, and for too many of us, our link with the land has been lost. For millions of years, and as recently as a hundred years ago, most people lived off of and with the land. But in the blink of the geological eye, we went from relying on a sustainable relationship with the land to practically severing the alliance completely. Today, some of us are returning to our roots--and creating new ones. We're regarding land as a precious…
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Dealing with Spring Rain in Your Vegetable Garden

Dealing with Spring Rain in Your Vegetable Garden

Organic Gardening, Organic Pest & Disease Control, Weather
"This Plant Requires Good Drainage" How many times have you read that on a plant tag you are considering buying? The most popular tune of organic gardening is "add more compost". The second most common (can you name that tune in ONE note?) is "likes good drainage" or "alfalfa doesn't like wet feet". Unless it is a bog plant most vegetable, food plants don't like their roots to stay wet, especially when it is really hot. There are some plants that truly thrive in a moist soil, like lettuce and cucumbers, but don't do nearly as well (thrive) when their roots are surrounded with water at all times. But most plants will not thrive in soil that is constantly wet. This is one reason raised bed gardening is so popular. Planting in raised…
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Soil and Tomatoes

Organic Gardening, Soil & Compost
Kacper is just singing our song! Got this from him in the mail today... "You must see this because if you don't have great soil, all the other "tricks" I can teach you really won't mean a thing. It's really all about the soil." On Garden Web there is an anacronym, IALBTC... "It all leads back to compost" Whichever way you look at it, it says the same thing, organic gardening is alll about feeding the soil that feeds the plant that feeds you. Kacper's new video... Effective Micronutrients - Have Amazing Soil! And while you're there, check out his 'About' page, it is touching. Do any of you have a grandpa like that? I did! He was a cool gardener, but admittedly not the tomato expert in our family.…
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Why Garden Organically?

Organic Gardening
As recent as 25 years ago, the idea of organic gardening was considered quite a radical concept.  How in the world were gardeners expected to control the weeds, the bugs, and the animals that could threaten a thriving garden without the use of man-made chemicals?  When you think about it, organic gardening is a really simply theory.  For years, people have been growing things without the use of chemicals. The early settlers of our country didn’t have Miracle-Gro or Sevin Dust and they made out just fine.  It only makes sense that we should be able to apply the same techniques and get the same results as they did today.  We should grow food using Mother Nature's ingredients rather than concoctions born in a chemist's laboratory for the good of…
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Organic Weed Control

Organic Gardening, Weeds
Although much has been heard about organic weed prevention and its benefits, there are still people who seem skeptic about it. Is it really any good? This question is just among the recurring questions that you can encounter regarding organic weed control process. Organic weed prevention uses different process of controlling the growth of unwanted grasses or weeds. You can either pull them from the ground whenever you see them or use organic weed killer on them. As you can see, organic weed control doesn’t disagree on using products to control or remove wild plants. The idea of this process is to prevent them in the most natural way possible. So if you want to use sprays, fertilizers or any other kind of chemicals on them, make sure that you…
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