What’s the Deal with Soil Biology?

The answer, without getting too crazy lives somewhere in the explanation about why soil biology is so important.  At Natural State Horticare we operate under a “Five Principle Approach” which prioritizes the importance of our inputs and firmly rooted at number one is “the introduction of soil improving microbes and the amplification of indigenous soil improving microbes.”  In other words, …

Natural State Gardening: Why Organic? Part I: Growing

Natural State Gardening is a weekly blog about organic gardening techniques.   Debate continues about organic versus conventional agriculture. Which one is safer, more nutritious, better for the environment, and best able to feed the world? Also, how does local food fit into this equation? Due to the many facets of this topic, I’m dividing this topic into two posts: …

Natural State Gardening: Crop Rotation

Natural State Gardening is a weekly blog about organic gardening techniques.   As we approach a season change, we need to think about our next batch of crops. Besides considering our next crops based on their ideal growing temperatures (as covered in the Seasonal Planting post), we need to think about crop rotation.   WHAT IS CROP ROTATION? Crop rotation …

Natural State Gardening: Maximizing Garden Productivity

Natural State Gardening is a weekly blog about organic gardening techniques.   In many home and community gardening scenarios, space is precious. With 4’ x 8’ garden plots, the Heights Neighborhood Garden is certainly no exception. So, what is the best way to maximize the productivity of such a small space? In terms of selecting what to plant, there are …

Natural State Gardening: Seasonal Planting

Natural State Gardening is a weekly blog about organic gardening techniques. Plants grow best when planted in their preferred temperature ranges. When grown outside of these temperature ranges, plants will strain to protect themselves from the uncomfortable conditions, leaving little energy for growth and self-protection from diseases and pests. So, I have divided crops into several categories based on their …