Barefoot in the Garden

The Song of Soil & A Tale of pH

To Garden is to be part Artist, part Scientist & part Dancer. The Artist seeks & sees beauty (in many forms). The Scientist questions, calculates and experiments. And the Dancer weaves between leading and being led. In this Dance of the Garden, we are partnered with Nature. Hearing her music. Moving with her rhythms.  We cannot make the sun shine, that is her domain. Her song. Part of the universe. And when the tides are turned, and we are reaping…

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An In-Depth Look at Growing Asparagus Seedlings

We are very excited about growing Asparagus! While it can take up to 3 years before asparagus is ready to harvest, this perennial plant can keep producing for up to 20 years! Talk about commitment and abundance in return – we like that! In our research, we have found some great advice that we would like to share with you. Feel free to share your tips and tricks with us in the comments section below. Crowns vs Seeds Plants can…

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Asparagus Companions

 Companions for asparagus or any other vegetable must be compatible with each other. Asparagus is a perennial that likes a sunny area of the garden. They take 2-3 years to reach a full yield and, thereafter, produce spears for the next 10-15 years! This means that companions for asparagus must like sun exposure and be able to work around the semi-permanent asparagus. Asparagus Loves …. Parsely – helps with plant vigor Basil – helps with plant vigor Tomato – plant…

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The Add-As-You-Go Compost Pile

If you are looking for way to easily compost your kitchen and garden waste and aren’t in a hurry for matured compost then this is a great option for you. It does require some planning though so read on! The Add As You Go Pile: Cold/Passive Composting The add-as-you-go method is the easiest way to make your own compost, and the best composting method for beginners. As the name suggests, you will be adding your GREEN and BROWN materials to…

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Composting Materials: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

Once you are familiar with the in’s and out’s making good compost, it can be a very rewarding experience. There are different methods of compost making, which we explore in more detail in separate posts, but for now we’ll be talking about what to compost and what not to compost. Carbon & Nitrogen The key ingredients in good compost are Carbon and Nitrogen and it is important to get the Carbon Nitrogen ratio right in order to keep your compost…

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Everything You Need to Know About Growing Broccoli

Growing broccoli in the right conditions, at the right time of year can be very rewarding. It is quite a heavy feeder so good soil prep and continued care is essential for a healthy yield. Best Time of Year for Broccoli Broccoli likes to mature in cooler weather where it will produce sweet heads without bolting and flowering, which makes it bitter to the taste, due to warmer weather. Heat-stressed broccoli opens it’s flower buds prematurely, and high temperatures as…

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Broccoli Companions

Broccoli Loves …. Dill – strong smell deters common garden pests Sage – strong smell deters common garden pests Rosemary – strong smell deters common garden pests Basil – strong smell deters common garden pests Mint – strong smell deters common garden pests Garlic – strong smell deters common garden pests Thyme – strong smell deters common garden pests Bush Beans Lettuce – likes the shade of broccoli Potato Radish Shallots & Onions – improves flavour Celery – improves flavour…

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Permaculture: Principles & Ethics

“One of the most important things about permaculture is that it is founded on a series of principles that can be applied to any circumstance—agriculture,urban design, or the art of living. The core of the principles is the working relationships and connections between all things.” ― Juliana Birnbaum Fox, Sustainable Revolution: Permaculture in Ecovillages, Urban Farms, and Communities Worldwide Central to Permaculture are the three ethics: care for the earth, care for people, and fair share. They form the foundation…

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4 Useful Applications for Coffee Grounds in the Garden

If you are anything like us, you probably love a good cuppa coffee (or 2) – but what do you do with your leftover coffee grounds? Many avid gardeners use it in their garden – and so do we. Most plants love it because of the often high Nitrogen content in coffee. Nitrogen is a component of chlorophyll and therefore essential for photosynthesis. It is also the basic element of plant and animal proteins, including the genetic material DNA and…

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How to Use Epsom Salts to Boost Production in the Garden

We have all heard of Epsom Salts and most likely already have it in our homes. But did you know that there are amazing benefits for using this humble mineral in the garden? Epsom Salt is a mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate and is made from a rock substance called Dolomite. Here are some benefits of using Epsom Salt in the garden: Stimulates plant growth Improves photosynthesis Increases nutrient uptake Increases flavour of fruits and veg Increases yield Prevents…

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