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.
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, [...]
Every now and then, our veganic growing program rewards us with a giant vegetable or piece of fruit... To give you some idea of the scale, the flower to the left is a magnolia, which usually measures between 6 and 8 inches across. (This one is still partially closed). It didn't occur to us to [...]
Here in Gentle World, we sometimes forget that many people don't have the luxury of enjoying home-grown vegetables, let alone delicious veganically-grown fruit... But in Shangri-La, thanks to the hard work of our team of dedicated volunteers and expert gardener Magic Rees, we eat a banquet made from wholesome veganic produce every single night... Not [...]
Magic Rees has been an organic grower since 1980. In 1989, he co-founded the Far North Organics Association in New Zealand, where he served as a Board Member and Organic Inspection Certifier for ten years. In the year 2000, when he met Gentle World, he transitioned from organic to veganic, and became Shangri-La’s head gardener and veganic educator.
For some crops, such as potatoes and sweet potatoes, it's a good idea to use netted enclosures to protect them from insects. These nets can be used to protect any garden plants, especially when they are young and vulnerable. It's possible to use recycled water pipe to form the hoops, so if you can track down [...]
Keeping your gardens covered with green manure crops is an excellent way to keep your soil healthy in between growing seasons, as it helps to control the weeds and protects the soil. Sun and heavy rains can compact the soil and leach out beneficial nutrients. When green manure crops are dug in to the garden, they add organic matter, nitrogen, [...]
Around a week ago, the last of the Gentle World volunteers arrived at our Vegan Educational Center in Northland, New Zealand, officially kicking off the 11th summer in our Southern Hemisphere Center, which we call Shangri-La. For over ten years, our dedicated team has spent New Zealand summers transforming a magnificent piece of countryside into [...]