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Epic Spring Planting Series: Tips for Transplanting

Planting season is my second-favorite time of year, trailing closely behind early to mid-summer when everything starts to bloom and thrive and produce harvest.   There is nothing more relaxing or joyful to me than nurturing all of my plants individually, inspecting them for bugs and diseases, spending quality time with each and every one of them.  Whispering encouragement and well-wishes to them.  Caressing their petals and stalks in total awe and adoration.  Weird AF, I already know.   Good Stuff to Know:  Organic Remedies for 20 Common Garden Pests: Mindfulness + Compassion Affiliate links are present in this post which means if you click on a link and buy something, I’ll get like 4 cents...

Epic Spring Planting Series: Tips for Planting with Seeds

Learn 5 of my best tips for planting with seeds - including tips for thinning and underplanting! Also available for download is a FREE eGuide for Garden Planting and Successioning for Climate Change. Learn how climate change is affecting the way we garden and a planting chart that addresses it.

Spring has finally arrived and I’ve never been more happy about it in my LIFE!  Winter of 2016 was brutal for me.  Mentally, emotionally, for a lot of reasons.  But the daffodils, tulips, mint, plantain, pineapple weed, dandelions – they’re all on their way up!  Scroll over to my Instagram as I obsessively document everyone’s arrival.   More importantly, SPRING = GARDEN PLANTING!  I realize planting can be as equally daunting as it is exciting, which is why I’ve written a big, FREE Garden Planting + Successioning Guide for Climate Change just for you. Download the planting guide for FREE Now! Email Address * Your Name * After clicking the link below, go check your email.  You’ll receive...

FREE Garden Planting + Successioning Guide for Climate Change

FREE Garden Planting and Successioning Guide for Climate Change | How to Succession Plant your garden, featuring 97 fruits, vegetables and culinary and medicinal herbs to with dates for spring, summer and succession planting! | Heirloom Soul

It’s planting season…  Where do I even begin!!?  There is so much gardening information out there; in books, blogs, YouTube, you name it.  The Information Age we’re living in is literally confusing us into not knowing where to start at all.  The internet, Pinterest in particular, totally confused me before I started urban farming.  So what do I go do?  I craft up a gardening guide full of more gardening information 🙂 It’s good stuff, though.  I wrote this thing as a part of my Epic Spring Planting Series to help you.  I want nothing more than for every person who finds nature even remotely intriguing to grow their own food.  Hang out with me...

FREE eBook! – Handcrafted Plant Magic: DIY Self-Care Rituals Inspired by My Garden

Easy DIY bath & beauty product recipes that are completely natural and organic - banish toxins from your daily routine for good! - Handcrafted Plant Magic - DIY Self-Care Rituals Inspired by My Garden - Free Ebook! | Heirloomsoul.com

I am so very happy to announce that I have written my first eBook!  And you can have it all for free.  You should probably get in on this! (Download form is below).     I’m a firm believer:  If you wouldn’t eat something, you shouldn’t be putting it on your skin.  Our skin is our largest organ and anything we put on our bodies eventually ends up inside our bodies. There are thousands of toxins in our everyday bath and beauty products that cause harm to our bodies without our even knowing it – even the “all natural” ones.  I know, I felt totally duped too.  Mad, even.  But rather than brushing the disappointment...

Healing, Immune-Boosting Golden Tea

Healthy, delicious recipe for gut healing, immunity boosting natural herbal tea - DIY and get creative with it! Features ginger, turmeric, lemon, cayenne, echinacea, rosemary and raw honey. - Healing, Immune-Boosting Golden Tea | Heirloom Soul | heirloomsoul.com

There’s nothing I love to drink more in the winter than a hot cup of tea – it’s warming, soothing, and completely comforting for body and soul.  Indulging in tea is also an easy way to stay hydrated while incorporating the many medicinal benefits that plants provide, into our daily diets. As we enter a new week of flu season, I want to share with you my go-to immune-system-boosting herbal tea* recipe and encourage you to make it yourself.  Mostly fresh ingredients are used in this recipe, so make sure to set aside an extra 20 minutes for peeling and chopping.  More than anything, make this tea with intention – enjoy the time...

27 Books to Read This Winter That Might Just Change Your Life

I don’t know about you guys, but I absolutely love winter and the possibilities it presents.  It’s a time of opportunity – of reflection – of being baked hermit crab pancakes that never leave the house because they have a zillion books to read!  *insert dancing red dress emoji*   That’s me and I’m not ashamed, not even a little bit.      “Do we know of any other so silent and sudden a change?” – Thoreau, on snowstorms (if only my Facebook feed could be this optimistic)   The thing is, this season is the perfect time for self-care and incremental self-improvement.  Winter allows so much time and opportunity for us...

Organic Remedies for Garden Bugs: The Pest Control of Mindfulness and Compassion

20 Common Garden Pests + Organic Pest Control of Mindfulness & Compassion | Heirloom Soul | heirloomsoul.com

So there’s a ton of bugs in your garden eating holes in your beloved vegetable babies… you only know what a few of the bugs actually are… and you want to know how to get rid of them in a way that won’t harm the environment (Please note there are affiliate links present in this post, which means if you click on a link and buy something I’ll get like 4 cents for it. No extra cost to you). I have lots of experience dealing with garden pests (in 150+ different farms and gardens!) but let me forewarn you:  This isn’t another internet listicle on which OMRI-approved organic spray is better than the...

How to Start a Compost Pile Using Kitchen & Garden Scraps, Plus a Lesson on Soil Biodiversity

How to Start a Biodiverse Compost Pile in Your Yard - A Step-by-Step guide that incorporates permaculture gardening techniques and Soil Food Web education. Awesome, informative post that includes everything you need to know to start a compost pile from kitchen and garden scraps! | Heirloom Soul | heirloomsoul.com

As organic gardeners, nutritious fruits and vegetables aren’t the only thing we grow – Healthy, organic, biodiverse soil comes first!  If you’ve read my 2-Part Soil Building Series: 5 Steps to Building Healthy Soil, you know that fertile soil is born from a system of mindful practices.  The easiest practice, and one which anyone can do, is composting!  Here, we will learn just HOW to start a compost pile using scraps from your kitchen and garden.   Good Newsflash:  It is so much easier to make compost than you think!   There are a lot of misconceptions about compost that turn people off from starting a pile.  Let me encourage...

How to Cover Crop Your Vegetable Garden in 4 Steps

How to Cover Crop Your Vegetable Garden - Everything you need to know to apply cover cropping methods in your smaller backyard garden! Build Soil Fertility with this Natural Permaculture Gardening Method! Use buckwheat, crimson clover, hairy vetch, field peas and other legumes to make green manure to feed your soil food web. | Heirloomsoul.com

Image Source Cover cropping is a soil amendment system that GREATLY improves our soil’s structure and overall fertility.   And, contrary to popular belief, cover cropping is simple for the backyard gardener, despite how difficult it might seem!  Basically all we do is seed tons of plants in our beds toward autumn, let them grow and leave them completely alone all winter, then gently mix their decayed foliage and roots into the soil in the following spring as green manure.    The truth about cover cropping = the plants do most of the work! Traditionally synonymous with organic farming, cover cropping is absolutely a practice we can adopt in our own backyards, even in raised beds that are just a few feet...

5 Steps to Building Healthy Soil: Increasing the Biodiversity of Your Soil Food Web, Part 2

5 Steps to Building Healthy Soil, Increasing the Biodiversity of Your Soil Food Web | Heirloom Soul | heirloomsoul.com

“If you were a tiny organism in a forest’s soil, you would be enmeshed in a carnival of activity, with mycelium constantly moving through subterranean landscapes like cellular waves, through dancing bacteria and swimming protozoa with nematodes like whales through a microcosmic sea of life.” – Paul Stamets in Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World. In Part 2 of our soil-building series (Click here for Part 1), I will discuss five steps you can take to improve and fully restore the fertility of your garden soil.  These steps come at a very low cost to you, and only require your full attention in the moment, and reflection as...

5 Steps to Building Healthy Soil: Increasing the Biodiversity of Your Soil Food Web, Part 1

5 Steps to Building Healthy Soil, Increasing the Biodiversity of Your Soil Food Web | Heirloom Soul | heirloomsoul.com

“And the scientists, no matter how much they investigate nature, no matter how far they research, they only come to realize in the end how perfect and mysterious nature really is.  To believe that by research and invention humanity can create something better than nature is an illusion.” – Masanobu Fukuoka in The One-Straw Revolution.   When we garden we revitalize an heirloom heritage that has been lost over time.. We are stewards of the earth and treading lightly and having compassion for our gardens is a necessary practice. Best part is:  The opportunity for us to restore land back to its fertile origination lies in our own lawns and gardens, and...

4 Steps to Planning Your Organic Food Garden, Plus Tips to Help You Budget

Ah, spontaneity.  The sweet spice of life.  For me, it’s binging on a new order of super fun Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds on a Tuesday.  Or making a burrito for breakfast instead of a smoothie (fun stuff!)  But when it comes to garden planning… spontaneity doesn’t have much of a place in my regimen.  Planning a successful garden for the long term takes time, careful thought, and patience that comes with lots of change along the way. (Please note that affiliate links present in this post, which means if you click on a link and buy something I’ll get like 4 cents for it.  All recommendations are very much my own!) Not...

6 Reasons Why You Need to Start Your Organic Garden Now

All of us gardeners, aspiring and experts alike, have felt the same whirlwind of emotions at some point.  Mass confusion over how to begin or what to do next, leading to frustration when you don’t figure it out, leading then to helplessness and nearly throwing in the spade or just putting off starting your garden ‘til next weekend… again.  I have honestly felt this way – before I started gardening – and I’m sharing this somewhat embarrassing, dramatic story (personality trait?) with you because I know there’s at least one other aspiring gardener out there going through what I did.  Maybe it’s you. (Affiliate links present in this post) We...

From My Heirloom Soul to Yours

So I’ve decided to start this blog. I think many of us consider starting one at some point.  What is it that holds us back?  Illusions that my experiences, and writing about them, would be boring had plagued me for a long time – but so much more powerful were my internal affirmations that I do possess useful information, and that I can be of help and inspiration to others. These statements supported by many diverse experiences and diligent practice of my trade – organic food gardening – successes and mistakes duly recorded and reflected upon.  That’s really what it took for me to start this.  Digging through mounds of knowledge before I...