photos by Nadine Loraine ... Life really gets fun when we convert a patch of grass into a thriving ecosystem. My vegan corner of the world is about 30 by 35 feet; a garden to nurture all the senses; to feed both body and soul. Barefoot, I stroll through paths in this place where peace [...]
In the northern hemisphere a new gardening season is upon us! Right now thoughts of seeds, soil and the potential for fresh fruit and veggies may be dancing through your head. But as you prepare your garden plot for this season, or contemplate creating a garden for the first time, perhaps it is also the [...]
As the Veganic (Vegan Organic or Stockfree Organic) movement continues to grow, many online resources have become available for new and experienced gardeners and farmers who are interested in these sustainable and ethical growing methods. Although Gentle World has a growing wealth of information for beginning veganic gardeners, there are also three main sites that [...]
In Gentle World we believe in not only “Reducing, Reusing and Recycling” but also Re-purposing! (often called Up-Cycling) We practice and teach modern environmentalism, in part by reclaiming items that may have been headed to the dump or recycling center (remember: although recycling is very important, it still takes energy and other resources - keep [...]
These gardening tips will help your plants survive the summer months, any time you’re facing a drought or a long spell of hot weather. Like our other vegan garden tips, they are simple, straightforward and easy to put into practice. Helping your plants thrive is often a case of proper planning, placement and soil fertility. [...]
Green Beans: Nutrition Growing Variations Where and When to Plant Differences between Pole and Bush Beans How to Plant Green Beans Green Beans: Care, Watering, Fertilizing Days to Harvest and How to Harvest Bugs and Diseases to Watch Out For Important Points and Extra Tips Green Beans (also called snap or string beans) are a [...]
Thank you so much for welcoming me so kindly to Shangri-La. As soon as I found out about Gentle World on the internet I knew I had to visit. Sometimes things immediately resonate with us, and this was one of those moments. All of 2012 I saved for my airfare. To visit with you and [...]
After spending a year volunteering on different farms and subsequently helping to host volunteers as a grower, I've learned a lot about what make a "good volunteer" and how to find the farm that is right for you.
Many plants that are still classified as weeds have received a bad reputation due to their ability to quickly cultivate the barren earth. But was fertile soil really meant to be left bare? Could it be that weeds are serving a much-needed purpose in your garden or lawn?
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.