About five years ago I read about bokashi on the internet and started using the bokashi composting method to improve the soil in my vegetable garden. Bokashi is a mixture of active microorganisms fermented in a medium of rice or wheat bran that is added to plant materials to accelerate their decomposition. I now attribute much of my gardening success to this easy and inexpensive way of composting. The process helped transform the dry, dead dirt in my garden into fertile, living soil in only one year.
Occasionally we face dilemmas that offer only unsavory solutions. If the situation arises where you must use a chemical weed killer, and Roundup is the best weapon for the job, do it right. The Big Gulp, Super-Sized approach doesn't cut it—at best, it's a waste.
Ponds in the desert. ALSO: Know your tomato types—determinate and indeterminate; the virtues of Umbellifers.
—by Alice Toler
During the growing season, 30% or more of landfill waste is organic yard refuse. Home composting of yard and garden trimmings eases landfill problems and "recycles" these organics into a valuable soil amendment. The benefits of using compost as a soil amendment include increasing soil tilth, fertility, water holding capacity, aeration and drainage.
Books to help your garden grow.
—by Adele Flail
This year's planting guide reflects some of the changes occurring in the city garden, such as the popularity of raised beds, intensive planting and trellising. Sponsored by Wasatch Community Gardens.
With an average temperature of only 31 degrees, Feburary doesn’t jump to the top of most people’s lists as a gardening month. If you’re planning on starting your vegetable plants from seed, though, this is the time to start many types of seeds indoors. Here’s a handy guide for when to start some common veggies.
When you first step through the gate, the rectangle of dead weeds and road base looks like any other leftover space in the city, a place where the tabs and slots of city planning never quite aligned during the tetrising of gas station and stockyard, store and coffee house—another blind-eye/eye-sore, an unintentional gap in the productive spaces of the city.
Autumn teaches the gardener to honor the need for rest and renewal, in ourselves and in the soil. October is a time to thank the garden for its bounty by cleaning it and returning something to the soil as an offering. These are the final jobs at the end of the gardening year.
The Conservation Garen Park gives visitors a hands-on method of demonstrating the principles of water conservation that is so fun it doesn't feel like work. Plus: Lauren Springer Ogden, author of Waterwise Plants for Sustainable Gardens, visits the park.