My Do’s and Don’ts


lushvegNone of these are required in nature:
soil preparation, fertilization, irrigation, weed control, pest control, crop rotation, ph balancing, bio-innoculation, compost tea-ing

With SlowFastSoil, the following are no longer necessary:

  • creating different beds for sun-loving and shade-loving food plants
  • tilling
  • digging
  • companion planting
  • composting
  • worm casting or juice

Most non-toxic food production methods, materials, infrastructure and tools for both the home/market garden and commercial cropper comprises a continual  adding ingredients into and atop the soil and doing things to the soil,  along with a constant wondering about the viability of soil.

Most non-toxic growers begin their food growing on soil which is not ideal. The ways that they set out to improve it and get things growing as soon as possible, are many and varied, as the following forum partiipants discuss.

http://forums.gardenweb.com/discussions/2027123/any-no-till-market-gardeners-out-there-help

What I Don’t Do Anymore: ie because slow fast soil makes it all so unnecessary

  • Lots of Swaling
  • Regular Watering
  • Mulching with Deep Straw
  • Raised Beds
  • Worrying over what to feed the garden.
  • Huge Compost Heaps
  • Worm Farms
  • Continual Compost Tea
  • Manure Water
  • Green Manuring Crop
  • Crop Rotation

What I Still Do:

Smaller Compost Heaps – to create a planting medium (as you cannot plant straight into the woody mulch mix).

Initial (not continual) Compost Tea-ing

Grow Hedgerows or Borders of suitable plants for :

  • crop and drop – for lay mulching
  • putting through shredder  – for lay mulching
  • compost heaps – to create a planting medium

Use Humanure when I am living in a place where I have built my own worry-free compost toilet.

what i am no longer impressed by:

  • AquaCulture

what i have never impressed by:


Top 12 Garden Trends for 2014

SOURCE: https://thegardendiaries.wordpress.com/2014/01/10/top-12-garden-trends-for-2014/

1. Grafted Vegetable Plants

2. Not Using GMO Seeds

3. Planting Raised, Stackable Beds, and Container Bags

4. Bee Gardening

5. Planting for Health Benefits/Foraging

6. Herbs-Medicinal and Culinary

7. Growing Exotic and Unusual Vegetables

8. Themed Seed Samplers

9. Growing Small/Rooftops

10. Growing “Super Foods“

11. Fermentation

12. Sprouts & Micro Greens


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