A Ray of Sunshine

Lori Cameron – Bringing Joy to the Community! Lori Cameron is serious about combating local food insecurity! Every week, she picks up food at the Farmers Market with Food Forward to fight hunger in Ventura County. Plus, once a week she volunteers for Shop Ahoy to bring food to the homebound.  Lori has been a…

Mary Freed at “The Conejo Valley Botanic Garden”

Our photographer, Scott Horn, has shot and edited a great 25 minute video of Mary Freed giving a tour of the Conejo Valley Botanic Garden in Thousand Oaks, where she’s been a docent for 15 years. In the picture above, Mary Freed, Past President of the Organic Garden Club of Ventura County and Secretary of…

Bill Brandt “Growing Apple Trees in Thousand Oaks”

Bill Brandt, Past President of the Organic Garden Club of Ventura County and the California Rare Fruit Growers of Los Angeles, has over 50 varieties of apples growing in his yard! He grafted several trees with 7 – 12 varieties! He can harvest apples throughout the year! On the table are all his apple varieties…

Matt Powers: Soil Science

Sept. 30, 2020, By Debby Ellis, Recording Secretary Our Organic Garden Club of Ventura County meeting on Zoom started with a tour of Michael Wittman’s garden:  He is planning to grow about 10 kinds of rare garlic.  He is currently growing tomatoes and peppers, carrots, kale, marigolds, strawberries, bananas, sage, rosemary, lavender.  He has a…

Natural Pest Repellents

Create conditions that make pest problems minimal by welcoming a complex biological community in your organic garden. Encouraging the predators that catch and eat the pests is a good plan. Encourage beneficial insects like, Butterflies, Bees, Ladybugs, Lacewings, and Praying Mantis, to come to your garden by planting wild flowers, native plants, and herbs. Ladybugs…

Feel Alive in the Garden

If everyone in the world planted an edible garden where they live, we would save the planet and our own lives!  All life is connected! Plants are alive, they breathe out oxygen and organic gardeners breathe the clean air. The air is alive with bees and beneficial insects attracted by flowering native plants planted among…

Plant a Victory Garden

Gardens are magical places to keep grounded in these challenging times. Are you ready to get your hands dirty? To be more self-sufficient? To get in touch with Nature? To take action to create a healthy life?  Now is the time to plant a Victory Garden filled with fruits, veggies, herbs, and berries! Being in…

Lori Cameron’s Organic Bug Spray

Organic gardeners can spray this easy-to-make bug spray on any edible or non edible garden plants that show evidence of bug damage and not harm the environment. Chemical sprays and pesticides kill bees, butterflies, and other pollinators needed to produce crops. These toxic long lasting chemicals have harmed our environment, contaminated our rivers and drinking…

Bill Brandt’s Pruning Tips

Organic Garden Club members had a great time at Bill Brandt’s Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop at Newbury Park High School. Scott Horn shot an hour of tape. Here is a less than a minute video summary!

Backyard Crop Rotation

One of the ways that organic gardeners can create a sustainable garden at home is by seasonally rotating their crops. Crop rotation is planting something different in your backyard raised bed veggie garden every season. This cycle disrupts weed and pest activity, helps eliminate soil borne diseases, and aids soil fertility by growing crops with…