Harvest Big With Rich Increase

Author Ellen Vande Visse Harvest – Big with Rich Increase From Second Nature, by Michael Pollan, Grove Press, New York, 1991. Excerpt from Chapter 8: The Harvest, page 142. Abundance. The season freely gives unencumbered gifts— “teeming autumn, big with rich increase” (Shakespeare, in Sonnet 97) When a hard frost threatens and we’re hurrying to …

Rules to Grow By

Author Ellen Vande Visse Rules to Grow By for soil, vegetable, livestock, & human health –Malcolm Beck 1. Use the best adapted varieties for each environment 2. Plant in optimal season 3. Balance the mineral content of the soil 4. Build and maintain the soil organic content—humus 5. Do nothing to harm the beneficial soil …

Deep Mulch Gardening

Author Ellen Vande Visse Deep Mulch Gardening: Building a Habitat for a Whole-Soil Ecosystem Or, Why work at tilling? 10/7/2014 9:54:00 AM By: David R. Braden IV Tags: gardening, soil ecosystems, mulch, Colorado, David R. Braden IV http://www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/deep-mulch-gardening- building-a-habitat-for-a-whole-soil-ecosystem-zbcz1410.aspx#axzz3FlDvO4zF According to the literature, hügelkultur can remain fertile for up to 30 years without adding new …

Spring Soil Preparation

Author Ellen Vande Visse Tips for Spring Soil Preparation in South Central Alaska Wisdom from Bob Greig*, Founder of Alaska Sea-Ag LIME: Use high-calcium lime, rather than dolomite lime (unless your soil test recommends otherwise) You have to ask specifically for it in the stores and check bag labels. NITROGEN: Use fishbone meal (earthworms love …