• How to Grow a Vegetable Garden without Fertilizer & Soil Amendments
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    How to Grow a Vegetable Garden without Fertilizer & Soil Amendments

    Alright this is John Kohler from growingyourgreens.com to bring you another exciting episode for you. I’m still here in Houston and I don’t know what area in Houston it is, but doesn’t looks like, you know, the best of neighbourhoods. But anyways, what I’m going to do today is actually visit the house right behind me, not the one over there with the bananas in the front, but this one behind the white fence there, the doors open, that has a red truck. This is going to be a interesting episode actually, this episode may challenge the beliefs you guys have about gardening. It’s challenging some of the beliefs I…

  • Why I Prefer Leaves over Rock Dust to Remineralize Soil
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    Why I Prefer Leaves over Rock Dust to Remineralize Soil

    Autumn leaves are one of my favorite free, local, sustainable resources for the garden. I like them for a number of reasons, but today I’ll talk about why I prefer them over rock dust as a source of minerals for the garden. Trees mine minerals from deep in the soil and return them to the soil surface when leaves fall. Unfortunately, I could never find data on the mineral content of leaves. So, I was delighted when Stephen from Alberta Urban Garden sent a variety of local leaves – birch, poplar, apple, and Russian olive – to a lab for analysis. He also sent samples of two leading brands of…