‘The Organic Approach’ to Gardening:
Every year, Dave and I learn more about how organic gardening works. It’s a study in ecosystems really. Everything interconnects out there in the organic world: Soil, water, climate, beneficial insects, pests, bacteria and funguses all play a part in the success of a garden. Each year is unique in some way. That’s partly what keeps this hobby, (read lifestyle) interesting. We are never bored here. Sometimes, though, we do get frustrated.
A Better Quality life for family and pets
For our family our entire seven acre property is a huge challenge to manage using organic methods. This year, we are moving closer to our goal of being totally organic in our organic garden practices. We have been “chemical light’ for most of our vegetable gardening years. In the past, we have tolerated weedy driveways, lawns and flower beds and the invasion of the ever prolific blackberry bushes…up to a point.
Over the years, We have sporadically used ‘Round Up’ and other heavy hitters for fence lines and driveways. I have used Caseron on my flower beds in the distant past, once or twice, to keep the weeds under control when I couldn’t. We also resorted to ‘Crossbow’ on the massive quantities of blackberries that grow literally everywhere and anywhere. They quickly overtake acres of land in a short growing season or two! We never liked to use chemicals on our place. It just seemed necessary at times.
But we worried about our children playing in the yard with harsh chemicals and our pets. It’s evident children shouldn’t be rolling around on grass with harsh chemicals. But pets are often impossible to keep off the grass and out of the flower garden. Jenny from Shield My Pet discusses the importance of protecting our pets from harmful chemicals in our yards. It’s a good article reminding us that pets need to be brought into our organic lifestyle.
Yes we have a weed problem around here! This is 2014 organic gardening. Our garden was overrun with weeds!
In 2015 Dave and Evan put gravel walks around the raised beds. What a difference. Weed management is SO much easier!
Organic Gardening is a success!
Organic Gardening in the Greenhouse:
Lovely, delicious fresh produce like this straight out of our garden is why we think growing organically is worth it. The quality, freshness and nutrient level is way and above store bought. And the flavor is divine!
This salad has kohlrabi in it. It is the white, long julienned vegetable in the salad above. Kohlrabi is a really useful vegetable in the kitchen and easy to grow; tastes great too! The crumbles of cheese are gorgonzola. I have some goat cheese in the fridge. I’m putting it into salads soon for the first time. Endless creativity possible with salads!
Tonight’s salad. The variety of salad amendments is endless. Tonight I minced up apricots, walnuts and chopped up Feta cheese. tomorrow…who knows? I did buy the tomatoes,peppers and avocados. Our greenhouse is still cooking the tomatoes and peppers and our avocados will always be store bought. Can’t wait to eat all of our greenhouse produce. The cucumbers are fantastic from our greenhouse crop.