BCG BLOG — organic gardening

Beginning Gardener Series : Vegetable Tiers

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 When it comes to getting started gardening, I know that it can be overwhelming and intimidating.  Some people want to jump straight into the deep end and start trying to grow tomatoes or watermelons because they are their favorite crops or because they hear so many gardeners talking about these crops.  If you are a beginning gardener, I do not recommend jumping in the deep end.  I recommend starting at the shallow end. The Tier one vegetables and herbs on this list and over the seasons progressing to the deep end or tier three.  If you jump in attempting to...

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Bokashi composting and how it supports our soil’s natural food web

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Bokashi composting and how it supports our soil’s natural food web

Bokashi composting and how it supports our soil’s natural food web   “It’s not the soil itself; it’s the soil life that is the most important element.” Geoff Lawton, world renowned permaculture consultant To get the most out of our plants and gardens, we need to feed, nurture and support the diverse life beneath our plants. In doing so, we create soil that is healthy, live, organic, and ideal for plant health and vitality. What is healthy soil? Healthy soil is soil that is teeming with life. From the visible organisms (worms, bugs, and such) as well as the invisible...

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Synthetic vs. Organic Fertilizer

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There are many different fertilizer options available on the market, and here’s what you need to know. Fertilizers fall into two categories; synthetic or organic.  Whichever you choose to use is entirely up to you.  When it comes to fertilizers, I will say this, for a new gardener using synthetic fertilizer can give you the results you want faster with less effort. But easier isn’t always better, these results come at a cost.  Let's start by describing what I mean by synthetic fertilizers; Synthetic fertilizers are fertilizers that have been refined and are no longer in their raw, pure form. ...

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How to properly water your garden

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How to Water Properly  We all know that one of the most critical factors that can make or break a garden is access to water.  A newly planted garden cannot grow or thrive without water.  Did you know that there was a proper way to water a garden?  I mean you could just grab a hose and begin making it rain on the plants, but this could lead to problems down the road.  Following these tips will help increase the productivity of your garden and watering efficiency.1.       Water early in the morning -  The garden soil temperature is lowest during...

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Flower Power- Flowers for Bees

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There are a lot of pollinators in the world, but the most efficient and well known are bees.  Bees and other pollinators are the backbones of our food system. They carry pollen from one plant to another, fertilizing the plants, making them capable of producing fruits, vegetables, and seeds.  Creating an oasis of pollinator-friendly plants helps the bees refuel with pollen for their hive, making them able to do their job more efficiently.  Planting perennials that flower consistently throughout the year is helpful for bees. It has been proven that native plants are 4x more attractive to bees than exotic...

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