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Inoculating Peas

Peas take nitrogen from the atmosphere and ‘fix’ it in the soil. Adding beneficial bacteria to the soil through an inoculant helps the peas do this extra efficiently. Here’s a good system for inoculating peas (and beans for that...

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SEEDS!

Getting ready to plant peas: apprentice gardener Kris learns how to pull winter weeds, add compost and turn the soil. Love this excuse to pass off the heavy lifting and just show up for the planting….

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What should we infer?

Prior to the 1930’s (pre- pesticides), US Agriculture lost 13% of crops to insects and disease. Currently, we lose 17% of our agricultural crops to pests and disease. Are these chemicals solving problems or creating new ones? Thanks to Chip...

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Skip the fertilizer

You can grow healthy plants without fertilizer. NOFA’s standards for soil offer a helpful description of the process and rationale: NOFA Soil Standards There are two approaches to matching soils and plants: 1. We can maximize the diversity...

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Balancing on a see saw

This garden around my house is both part of a natural system and an interruption of it. Take nature’s system of feeding the soil with fallen leaves- a perfect cycle that we interrupt every fall when we blow all those leaves into the street to...

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