Episode 208. No-Dig for Victory

This is the World Organic News for the week ending 6th of  April 2020.

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Folks we are in a battle, more than that we are in a war. Opportunity often comes disguised as adversity. 

The long decades of struggle against pollution, against Monsanto, against fossil  fuels and the mindless idea of continual consumption could be coming to an end. I do NOT see the suffering of this time, the infected and the deceased as a positive. I sit in empathy with Mrs World Organic News as she weeps during news reports covering death tolls and abandoned nursing homes and the incompetence of some responses. I am livid at the mindless bullshit spreading across social media. Let me put that clearly. Continue reading “Episode 208. No-Dig for Victory”

Episode 207. Quick Response Gardens

This is the World Organic News for the week ending 16th of  March 2020.

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In reference to last week’s episode #206  Two Different No Dig Garden Systems, I called for any listeners who understood the carbon drawdown effects of lasagna gardening structures I was talking about. A big thank you to Peter McCarthy for his response. Continue reading “Episode 207. Quick Response Gardens”

Episode 206. Two Different No-Dig Garden Systems

This is the World Organic News for the week ending 9nd of  March 2020.

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This week we’re delving into the worlds of lasagna and straw bales. 

Lasagna Gardening

Lasagna gardening is a variation on the No-Dig system described in the World Organic News No-Dig Gardening Book. It involves the standard steps of edging and laying down a barrier between the garden space and the soil/lawn below. So far so straightforward.

The variation begins with the growing media. The blog Homegrown Hillary has a post entitled: (and this will come as a surprise) Lasagna Gardening Continue reading “Episode 206. Two Different No-Dig Garden Systems”

Episode 205. Regenerative Farming With Chickens

This is the World Organic News for the week ending 2nd of  March 2020.

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Why Chooks?

This week I’m diving deeply into the humble chook. Known outside of Australasia as the chicken or hen, Here they are chooks. Get used to the word as it’s just what I use. Maybe you could spread this practice to where you live? A little linguistic trading. Continue reading “Episode 205. Regenerative Farming With Chickens”

Episode 204. First Principles Continued: Mindset

This is the World Organic News for the week ending 24th of  February 2020.

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The growing of soil, the apparent apathy towards action on climate change in some parts of the world and the need to do something, now has me in a reflective state today. 

Mindset is critical to the process of removing weeds from the land you are caring for. It takes time, it takes the correct actions too but essentially it’s a matter of mindset. Yes I have weeds to deal with, no I probably won’t solve the problem overnight, in a week or even a season but I will work with the ecology of the weed to remove that weed. It all sounds a bit jedi but it really works. Holding onto the plan based upon the lifecycle of the weed when everyone else in the district is splashing about with the glyphosate takes some courage of your convictions. Continue reading “Episode 204. First Principles Continued: Mindset”

Episode 203. First Principles Continued: Weeds

This is the World Organic News for the week ending 17th of  February 2020.

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After last week’s rant I’m in a happy frame of mind and I hope you are too. This week I’m continuing the “Back to First Principles” series with weeds.

Talking to non gardeners who want to be gardeners there are two issues that stop them starting: The thought of all the work, digging mostly and the fear of being overrun with weeds. No-dig I think we’ve covered sufficiently for now but if you’re new have a listen to Episode 198 where I cover it in some detail.

So to today’s topic: Weeds. Continue reading “Episode 203. First Principles Continued: Weeds”

Episode 201. First Principles Continued: Manures

This is the World Organic News for the week ending 3rd of  February 2020.

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This week we are delving into the font of fertility: Manures.

The lifeblood  of organic production, manures keep your fertility ticking along. Fertility determines your production. Choosing which one to use can be fraught with complications. Continue reading “Episode 201. First Principles Continued: Manures”

Episode 200: First Principles Continued: Soil

This is the World Organic News for the week ending 27th of January 2020.

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A little housekeeping: A big shout out the Len, a Londoner living in sunny Spain. Thanks for the feedback man, really appreciated.

As you would have heard, this is episode 200. Next Saturday will be the fourth birthday of World Organic News. If you look on Libsyn you’ll see the 31st of January 2016 as our start date but that’s a time zone thing. The First of Feb it is. A big thank you to everyone who’s listened during those four years. There have been moments when I’ve wondered if I was making any headway and every time I’ve reached that point someone across this beautiful planet has reached out and kept me going, even if they didn’t realise it at the time. So a great big thank you once again for listening and let’s kick on for the next four years!

This week we continue our journey down the first principles rabbit whole with a look at soil. Continue reading “Episode 200: First Principles Continued: Soil”

Episode 199. First Principles Continued: Seeds

This is the World Organic News for the week ending 20th of January 2020.

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This week we continue our journey down the first principles rabbit whole with a look at seeds.

Seeds are a many splendored thing! From the dust like powder of Tiff seeds all the way up to monster broad bean seeds, they all have one thing in common: They are life in suspended animation.

Our task as gardeners is to release that life into its most favoured conditions.

Thankfully, most seeds have similar needs and this makes our tasks somewhat simple. 

Before we get to actually sowing, and that’s different module, let’s look at our options. Continue reading “Episode 199. First Principles Continued: Seeds”