Episode 31: Composting, Alternative Ag & Growth in Organics

This is the World Organic News Podcast for the week ending 5th of September 2016.

Jon Moore reporting!

As many of you will know by know, I’m an advocate of no-dig/no-till production methods. So it is with some trepidation I bring you a post from Beech Cove! The Hustle: Double Digging.  To be fair, Beech Cove Farm is predominantly a no-dig, n0-till setup. That being said, they chose to double dig their vegetable patch this once. From now on they will be no-dig. The argument put forward is the time savings that occur with a double dig start to the garden. We can see, with a little thought, that this process, and it is a huge amount of work, does release all those nutrients held in the fungal communities under the sod. By then moving to no dig, the communities can re-establish themselves. I have my own opinions on this but I provide a counter argument for your consideration. The post is well worth a read. Link in the show notes. Continue reading “Episode 31: Composting, Alternative Ag & Growth in Organics”

Episode 25: Composting, Truffles and Killer Herbicides

This is the World Organic News Podcast for the week ending 18th of July 2016.

Jon Moore reporting!

This week we focus on the soil! More particularly building soil and allowing soil to create the interconnections we never see from above ground. We are in effect, attempting to create a change underground.

The first post this week, refers to a slightly different way of making compost. The blog orlandoseednsoil posted on the art of “core” composting. The idea here is to use two wire “barrels” as compost bins. The inner has a higher temperature and the outer acts as insulation for the inner. It is an interesting approach if a little complicated. As the inner temperature starts to drop the contents of the inner and outer “barrels” are swapped and this bumps the inner or core temperature up again. I posted this because it is an interesting twist on the standard hot composting method. Check out the original post if you’re interested in reading more, link in the show notes. Continue reading “Episode 25: Composting, Truffles and Killer Herbicides”