Archive : organic gardening

Nov 14 2011 by in 30 Day Challenge, Christine's garden, Gardening, | 2 comments

The 30 Day Challenge – Day 12


Today I am grateful for the fact that my garden has taught me to be environmentally aware. I never used to worry much about the planet or what I was potentially doing to it until I started gardening. The garden has taught me to care about what I put out into the world and what I take from it. I’ve stopped using any chemical pesticides preferring to let nature take its course [...]

Jul 24 2011 by in Barbie's garden, Gardening, Gardening Courses, Miscellaneous, | 14 comments

MyGardenSchool Organic Gardening course

Soil Test Assignment

For the past 4 weeks I have been taking part in The Organic Garden course by My Garden School. What a wonderful course it was and how the lecturer, Stephanie Donaldson made everything clear and concise and that organic gardening does not need a masters degree but a clear and practical mind to know how to work with mother Earth. I really enjoyed logging in every Saturday morning and downloading that weeks [...]

Jul 04 2011 by in Barbie's garden, Do it yourself, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 8 comments

Organic layers

sheet mulching01

Now that I have flexed my muscles on building a raised garden bed on my own, I have my work cut out for me to fill it with really good soil. I have been doing my research on sheet mulching or sheet composting. The main concept being composting in place. Its a way of eradicating weeds and building soil without using herbicides or tilling, of which both rupture soil ecology. I have [...]

Mar 14 2011 by in Barbie's garden, Fertiliser, Gardening, Miscellaneous, | 2 comments

Fertilizers or Compost?

Swiss chard

A mistake which people often make is to assume that if they use artificial fertilizers, they do not need to use compost or any other organic matter. IF you have to use artificial fertilizers they must always be used in conjuction with compost otherwise the soil will deteriorate in its organic content with a resulting poor structure.  Bulky manures and organic products will steadily improve the quality of the soil so that [...]