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

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.  I have lots of experience on this subject, but let me forewarn you:  This isn’t another internet listicle on which OMRI-approved organic spray is better than the other.  I’m just not a fan of using a ton of elixirs, whether they’re store-bought, homemade, chemical-free, what have you.  I’ve been through that whole rigamarole – in fact, I even wrote an entire guide on organic pest management once – but I...

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

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 article: 5 Steps to Building Healthy Soil (Part 2), 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 you: It’s not...

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...