When children are encouraged to help in the garden or use nature to make art, it provides them with new opportunities to experience their place in the world and the interconnectedness of our universe.
Any guide to growing kale will start out by telling you it is a cold weather crop, which tastes best after it has been touched by frost. I’m here to tell you that while cold weather may be kale’s preference, you can grow it during any season and in most climates. The flavor, output and [...]
If you’re new to veganic gardening and searching for alternatives to blood, bone and other so-called “organic” fertilizers, then this list of eco-friendly soil amendments will strengthen and support your green thumb.
While I enjoy the quiet reflective time that winter brings, I can’t help but dream of spring. Here is a collection of spring/summer photographs from our veganic garden along with simple tips to help you plan out your spring, summer or fall veggie patch.
Sprouts are a potent source of antioxidants and are alkalizing to the body. Both of these effects are essential for protecting against disease and strengthening the immune system.
It’s time to learn about the byproducts in your organic fertilizers, and the truly green alternatives you’ll find in your own backyard, or on the garden store shelf.
If you’re truly interested in organic alternatives to chemical fertilizers, then it’s time to start scrutinizing organic growing practices and store-bought fertilizers a bit more carefully.
As a child, I remember fearing the prickles of these wild and rampant weeds. Little did I know that the sting of this plant was protecting a delicious green vegetable, a healing herb and a wonderful vegan-organic fertilizer.
If you’re dealing with stress and interested in natural healing, you may have heard of the term “adaptogen.” If not, such as the name implies, adaptogens are a class of herb that literally helps you to adapt; to become more resistant to stress, trauma, anxiety and fatigue.
Growing up in the city, I thought worms were inert, mindless, slimy creatures simply providing an obstacle to jump over after a good rain. As I started down the path of veganic growing, worms became one of my favorite creatures in the garden. Now I know what any good gardener or farmer knows; worms are wonderful.
EM is easiest to describe as a probiotic for your soil. The mixture usually consists of a blend of bacteria and yeast which work in harmony to crowd out bad bacteria and bugs. It’s a compost boost, an insect deterrent and a natural fertilizer all in one.
A few weeks ago, we had a super-fun day here in Shangri-La, as we hosted a gathering of aspiring little gardeners from the local Playcenter. Hoping to show these youngsters that it can be fun and exciting to eat (and grow!) fruits and veggies, we took them on a tour of the Shangri-La veganic gardens, [...]