Episode 237. Nature Always Bats Last

This is The ChangeUnderground for the week ending 9th of November 2020.

I’m your host, Jon Moore 

Decarbonise the Air, Recarbonise the Soil!

We must realise, I think, how little we know. Compared with 3.8 billion years of evolution, no-till/no-dig farming is, at a scientific, measured and data collected level, about sixty years old. A major part of no-dig is the use of cover crops and they have been known about in ag for much longer. The combination of ground covers and no-dig though is a newish thing. Continue reading “Episode 237. Nature Always Bats Last”

Episode 235. The ChangeUnderground

This is the World Organic News whoops! The ChangeUnderground for the week ending 19th of October 2020.

Jon Moore reporting!

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So I bit the bullet, changed the podcast name and artwork. Let me know what you think. So what can you expect with this momentous change? Pretty much what I’ve been doing. I’ve just adjusted the name to the content. But as I dive more deeply into this regenerative thing, I’ve started to question everything.  Continue reading “Episode 235. The ChangeUnderground”

Episode 234. The Complexity Is The Joy

This is the World Organic News for the week ending 4th of  October 2020.

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The more we dig into this no-dig thing the more it becomes opaque and at the same time, it becomes crystal clear. It’s a thing I call the Fukuoka paradox. Masanobu Fukuoka of the One Straw Revolution talks about this in one of the later chapters. He’d set up his system, sowing before reaping, allowing fruit trees to grow as central leaders and then not pruning them and loading his orchard soil with food crop seeds to allow them to work out their own rotations when he was approached by ag scientists. Now I’m not going to quote the book but the gist of it is something like this: Continue reading “Episode 234. The Complexity Is The Joy”

Episode 212. Resources and Heresy!

This is the World Organic News for the week ending 4th of  May 2020.

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Back in 2007/8 when the financial crash hit government funding in the US, yes and everywhere else too, but this is a US story for the moment, so the US cut funding to NCAT and especially to their ATTRA program which I think stands for Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural America? Of something like that. I’d used this site for years as a resource for sustainable ag articles, ideas and techniques. Anyway their funding was chopped about and they started charging a couple of dollars for each download. The other day at work I thought I remembered a resource on organic asparagus. A quick google wang had me there. Continue reading “Episode 212. Resources and Heresy!”

Episode 211. Science, Biomimicry and Gardening

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

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Given the current wooha we are exposed to of late, I thought it might be a good idea to look at the science behind No-Dig gardening. 

As long time listeners will know, I’m a big fan of biomimicry. This combined with the scientific method – hypothesis, experimentation, data collection and contemplation – allows us to proceed from a solid starting point. As new information is received we can adjust our hypothesis and test again. Continue reading “Episode 211. Science, Biomimicry and Gardening”

What Is Regenerative Gardening Really?

Benefits of Regen Gardening

Regenerative gardening is a process whereby the gardener focuses on the soil health above all else. From this starting point all else flows. We can either grow veggies or flowers or create a space for pollinators or a playground for children but the underlying principle is that we focus on the soil.

Some of the benefits that arise from this form of gardening are: better water quality, much better soil quality and, if enough people are into this, improved air quality and all of these are wonderful but the real kicker is we also improve our current climate situation.The key to improving the climate is removing CO2 from the air. Happily the key to improving soil involves sequestering carbon in that top six inches under our feet.  

Why do we need to do this?

Since the second world war there’s been a flood of artificial chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and any other cide you can think of. These things while appearing to fix one problem often create others. While we might be dealing with aphids by spraying them with a poison we’re not helping the animals that prey upon aphids. Ladybirds that sort of thing. So the process of regenerative gardening is aimed at improving the soil by allowing Nature to do what it’s done for 3.7 billion years and we just sit back and take the little bits out the we need it’s about holding the line. It’s about not panicking when we see an issue arising and letting nature take it’s time to fix things.

There will be times when we do lose crops particularly in the beginning before with set up a balanced ecosystem. And ecosystems can get out of whack at any time so it’s all a matter of observation, care and attention. Continue reading “What Is Regenerative Gardening Really?”