Practical Magic

No matter what else you may do, gardening is one art that will always require physical energy. With all the concern for the environment, organic gardening has finally become mainstream, not just something those “darned hippies” do.

From my point of view, there really is no downside to gardening without chemicals. Its healthier. Its cheaper. It tastes better. Mind you, it is more work. Since my garden grows on the same small piece of land where my well is and where my granddaughter will play, I count it time and energy well spent.

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. Thomas A. Edison

The mantra around here has always been “natural living firmly rooted in the past” Gardening has been around for a very long time and many of the “new” organic gardening techniques have actually been around for centuries.

Living By the Moon    Farmers and gardeners use it. Hunters and fishermen follow it. The lunar cycle can help you to improve your harvest, reduce weeding chores and of course minimize the use of chemicals in your home.

Composting What could be better? Recycle your organic waste to make free fertilizer!

Crop Rotation With very little effort and outlay, you can use this technique to boost the soil and help control pests.

Companion Planting You’re going to plant the garden anyway, right? With a little planning, you can boost your harvest and help control pests. The best part is, you guessed it, for virtually no extra cost or energy.

Mulches One of the hottest debates among organic gardeners is whether or not mulches are a benefit. By laying out the choices, this page lets you choose.