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Category: Organic Gardening
14 Aug
2019

Nature’s Copycat: Food Forests

Nature’s Copycat & Your Potential Buffet: All About Food Forests One of the most important and thought-provoking concepts in life is just how profoundly interdependent we all are on one another, particularly in the area of food production. We rely on one other for varying services and goods, with each individual offering their own indispensable..

02 Aug
2019

Bramberi Farms Part 2

In an earlier post, I described my enjoyable and enlightening visit with Ann Seigies at Bramberi Farm, her organic berry farm in Lumpkin County.  Ann and her husband, Joern, are producing plentiful and healthful crops without the use of dangerous pesticides or commercial fertilizers. One of the natural methods of insect control mentioned in that..

31 Jul
2019

What’s Blooming Now – July

There is something that really thrills me about going out to my garden and cutting flowers for my house. It is even more pleasurable to be able to give gifts of cut flowers to friends. So many bloomers this month, it is hard to decide which ones are the most beautiful! Here are some great..

24 Jul
2019

Eat my Garden!

Multi-colored heirloom tomatoes, plump, ripe berries, mint, squash, cucumbers, green beans…there’s just no substitute for fresh-from-the garden fruits and vegetables. Even if you don’t have the time, space or inclination to plant traditional rows of produce in your yard, you can harvest this kind of bounty right at home—in your flower beds! It’s called foodscaping...

02 Jul
2019

Bramberi Berry Farm

On a recent bright spring day, I visited Bramberi Farm in Lumpkin County, Georgia.  My gracious tour guide was co-owner Ann Seigies.  Bramberi Farm is an organic berry farm owned, developed, and operated by Joern and Ann Seigies since 2014.  Both brought to the adventure extensive education and experience in sustainable agriculture and horticulture.  Ann..

25 Jun
2019

What’s Happening Camellia?

This is a picture of a Camellia with leaf gall. Camellia leaf gall is a fungal disease caused by excessive moisture and poor air circulation. If you have an existing Camellia that is already diseased it might be caused by all the recent rains. Poor pruning practices and/or not enough sunshine can exacerbate and make..

24 Apr
2019

Be Picky about Your Mulch

Mulch is an essential part of any landscape. It helps the ground retain moisture and adds nutrients to the soil as it decomposes. Mulch can also help protect your plants from winter freezes, acting as a natural insulation barrier. Where as nature uses fallen leaves and dead plants as mulch, landscapers and homeowners prefer a..

20 Mar
2019

Veggie Garden to Veggie Table

Has anyone else noticed the growing trend of home gardens? Between the shift towards green living, food preppers, and the general concern of healthier living, more and more people are deciding to grow their own food. Having a home vegetable garden saves you money on grocery bills, teaches kids hands-on life lessons, and can give..

04 Mar
2017

A Warm Welcome for Worms

Most people know that earthworms are a component of healthy soil. As they work their way through the dirt, worms aerate the soil and increase the soil’s ability to hold nutrients. The castings excreted by earthworms are an excellent fertilizer. Worms can also make soil more hospitable to plants by helping sandy soil to retain..

04 Mar
2017

Plant Organic with Confidence

Great news for people wanting to grow organic plants from seed: it’s easy to find organic seeds. Lots of companies sell them. One list of organic seed suppliers can be found online at the CCOF website (see below). Keep in mind that these seed vendors may also sell non-organic seeds. So, for instance, if you..