Improving Your Garden Soil & Keep Those Weeds at Bay
I just received my latest ‘Mother Earth News’ – yet another juicy issue, full of interesting articles! Now that I’m completely in the ‘grow zone’ myself, it’s no surprise that several cool gardening articles caught my interest – and whadya know two of the three are available online!
1) 8 Strategies For Better Garden Soil
You may recall in my first post about Mother Earth News (after receiving my first issue) I mentioned a great article by Harvey Ussery called “Our 21st Century Homestead”. Well that article actually marked the start of Harvey’s “21st Century Homesteading” column – something I look forward to reading each issue. In this issue (June/July), Harvey chats about eight strategies that will help enrich your garden soil – primarily revolving around the approach of disturbing your soil as little as possible. One strategy I find particularly intriguing is the idea of ‘soil mining’ with certainly plant species – very cool!
Anyway, be sure to check out the article (link above) – definitely worth the read.
2) Maintain a weedless organic garden
To be totally honest, I have not yet had a chance to really take a close look at this article. Based on my brief ‘look-see’, it looks as though the author covers some of the same ground (no pun intended! haha!) as Harvey Ussery – talking about reducing soil disturbance, use of mulches etc etc.
Yet another cool article in the June/July issue (but not available online) is called “Wise Watering”, which declares in the subtitle that “organic mulches and the right watering equipment will keep your crops healthy and your yields abundant”.
This year I too am very focused on conserving water while maintaining lush gardens – so this one certainly caught my eye as well! I may chat more about it once I read it!
I’ve spoken earlier about my 2007 Water Conservation Project in one or two other posts, and will be writing a full article (with pictures) all about it for our upcoming newsletter (believe it nor not, we ARE indeed close to finally releasing our inaugural edition – apologies for the delay).
I’m absolutely LOVING my new rain barrel so far, and have been implementing some other key strategies inside the house as well!
Anyway – enough for now. Be sure to check out those articles!