Mulch with Autumn Leaves, Bring a Beautiful Spring!

Last Saturday, I gathered leaves from the edges of my street and the public sidewalk and arranged them in my yard--about 80 pounds of free mulch!  You can read all about this technique in my earlier article. Today, here in Pittsburgh, we have snow on the ground that fell on November 12.  It's compacting my … Continue reading Mulch with Autumn Leaves, Bring a Beautiful Spring!

Sheet Mulching Turns Garbage Into Fertile Soil!

Last week's guest post about choosing organic fertilizer drew comments from my brother, urban farmer and permaculture instructor Ben Stallings of Interdependent Web, explaining the good reasons to improve your soil with plants rather than manufactured pellets (even if they are made from organic materials).  Until then, I wasn't aware that he had written an … Continue reading Sheet Mulching Turns Garbage Into Fertile Soil!

How to Choose a Safe, Earth-friendly Garden Fertilizer

This is a guest post by Josefine Schaefer of Fertiplus, a Dutch company manufacturing organic fertilizers.  Although I have not used their products myself, I support the idea of non-toxic fertilizers made from natural materials.  This is not a paid advertisement, and the article also includes advice on making your own organic fertilizers.  Fertiplus products … Continue reading How to Choose a Safe, Earth-friendly Garden Fertilizer