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Kale: An Easy Beginner’s Guide to Growing

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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 [...]

Easy Guide to Vegan Organic Fertilizers

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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.

Gentle World: A Dream that is Shared

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By living our values, and welcoming those who are willing to do the same, we strive to become a tangible example that it is possible for human beings to live and work together cooperatively, healthfully, productively and gently, toward a truly sustainable future.

12 Vegan Garden Tips

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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.

What’s Hiding in Your Organic Fertilizer?

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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.

Organic Growing: Supporting Animal Farms?

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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.

Nettles: Health Tonic and Veganic Fertilizer

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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.

The Wonder of Worms

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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 & Bokashi – Veganic Probiotics for Insect Control & Healthy Soil

Veganic EM Bokashi

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.

Garden Fun with Little Ones

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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, [...]

Gentle World’s Giant Pear!

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 [...]

Harvest Time in Shangri-La

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 [...]