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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...

4 Steps To Cover Cropping Your Organic Garden

Image Source Cover cropping is a soil amendment system we use to improve the soil’s structure and overall fertility.  Put simply, we cover crop by growing masses of plants in our beds toward autumn, allowing them to overwinter, and incorporating their decayed foliage and roots into the soil in the following spring as green manure.   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 long!  By selecting the proper cover crops for your space and timing the seeding right, a wealth of benefits (all given by nature herself!) await.   Reasons for...

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...