Category Archives: healthy soil

Don’t treat your soil like dirt

Last week, we replenished the soil at some of the kitchen gardens I plant for my clients with cow manure compost from Lake Street Landscaping Supply. (I’ve also used the Resource Center for rich compost.)  As I’ve written about before, … Continue reading

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What to grow to fill your plate

I spoke on What to Grow to Fill Your Plate at the Martin Luther King Jr. Social Justice program this past January at KAM Isaiah Israel Congregation’s Soil to Plate weekend of speakers and symposia. There were many impressive speakers and … Continue reading

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Watering, part two

This year I’m trying two new aids to watering. I’m still gathering data — since I’m still gathering food from the garden — so I’ve only my observations to share. First, I’m watering my garden with the Gard’n’Grow, a garden … Continue reading

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Watering

It will rain today (40% chance, with thunderstorms) because I watered thoroughly this morning. It’s infallible, practically a law. Rain is the gardener’s respite. Once the rain stops, I’ll rush over to my garden to appreciate its electrified, green gorgeousness. … Continue reading

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Sick soil

I’m getting calls from people who’ve been growing vegetables in their kitchen gardens for several years but nothing much is growing anymore. Simple answer: they have depleted the soil’s nutrients by growing and not replenishing it. They’re calling me because … Continue reading

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Get dirty

Quality of soil is the big predictor of how productive and healthy your kitchen garden will be. Not all dirt is created equal, believe it or not. There are some pretty simple home-tests you can do on your soil. Here’s … Continue reading

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