034 – The Flower Farmer

034 – The Flower Farmer

with host Linda Borghi and guest Lisa Ziegler

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Why do vegetables love flowers?  Lisa is an urban flower farmer and author rooted in a family of entrepreneurs and she shares her discoveries and successes that led her to write a book. So why do vegetables love flowers?  Listen in and find out! You won’t want to miss this one! You’ll also learn about her Virtual Book Study! It’s Free!  She is an awesome resource for gardeners who want to be successful growing without chemicals and the key roll that flowers play in the garden.

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033 – Mix Your Own Potting Soil

033 – Mix Your Own Potting Soil

with host Linda Borghi and guest Evan Folds

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Evan Folds, our favorite “Soil Doctor”, and Linda discuss the considerations when preparing your potting soil as the next step to getting a jump start on your spring garden.

What percentage of ingredients for a good soil mix?  You first have to understand what the plant needs?  Making your own soil is a lot like preparing a recipe for the plant to be able to breathe, eat and drain well.  The recipe is a flexible guideline, and adjustments are needed based on your observation of the plant as it progresses. Good nutrition for the plant depends on soil microbe development and so much more!

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026 – Putting Your Yard to Bed

026 – Putting Your Yard to Bed

with host Linda Borghi

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How do you put a yard farm to bed for the winter?  Linda shares about her passion to take care of the soil. The earth likes to be covered all the time. Learn some ways to keep the soil covered.  Why? Because we are growing more than plants, we are actually growing soil the year round. What we do in this season will make a big difference when it’s time to plant again in the spring!

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023 – Food Waste & Red Wigglers

023 – Food Waste & Red Wigglers

with host Linda Borghi

Linda’s experience with what an intimate relationship with waste looks like.  

Find out why 50% of food today is wasted and an innovative, easy solution.  

Hear the wisdom of a dedicated worm farmer!

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To Till or Not to Till?

“A new idea: If we revive the tiny creatures that make dirt healthy, we can
bring back the great American topsoil. But farming culture — and government— aren’t making it easy.”
Folks, we have a soil crisis and our future depends on shifting from the practices that have destroyed it’s fertility.  This need is at the heart of the Farm-A-Yard revival to equip folks to ditch the grass and grow food using organic/biodynamic practices that can heal the soil, the food and the people!
Here are some excerpts from an excellent article by Jenny Hopkinson…
“*AMERICA USED TO* be famed for its rich and fertile topsoil. Prairie and
forests were virtually untouched when settlers first started dividing land
into fields across the Southeast and Midwest, making for rich dark soil in
which to grow food and fiber.

Since the invention of the plow, farming has focused on disrupting the soil to make it productive. Most farming methods, whether conventional or organic, are based on “tillage” – the premise that to plant crops and
control weeds and other pests, the soil must be broken up and turned over, then amended with chemical fertilizers or organic compost to boost
fertility. And it worked for a long time.

But tilling, it turns out, kills off many of the microorganisms that build
the soil. It churns up their habitat and exposes them to air; it also makes
it easier for soil to be washed off the land by rain and wind. Over time,
the damage has built up: More than 50 percent America’s topsoil has eroded away. In areas of the Southeast, the country’s original breadbasket, it’s almost all gone.”

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