Organic Cover Crops

Organic cover crops create happy healthy soil. Cover crops like red clover, buckwheat, fava beans (in the picture above), daikon radish, rye grass, hairy vetch, and peas revitalize the soil with natural nitrates, suppress weeds, improve water retention, discourage pests and diseases, reduce soil compaction, and attract beneficial insects to the veggie garden. Dirt is…

Organic Garden Beets

Sweet organic beets are an amazing winter crop for your raised bed garden that come in magenta, marigold, orange, and pink and white bull’s eye patterned varieties. Their shapes vary from round through cylindrical to tapered varieties. Plant organic seeds ½ inch deep at three inch intervals in a raised bed garden for an abundant…

Organic Garden Cauliflower and Broccoli

Cauliflower and broccoli are wonderful winter veggies packed with nutrition and beautiful landscape plants in an organic backyard veggie garden. Both cauliflower and broccoli are prolific annual cool season crops, hardy to frost and taste better after a light freeze, making them great crops to plant in the fall in Southern California.  Cauliflower has abundant…

Eat less Water

Florencia Ramirez was the speaker at the Organic Garden Club of Ventura County’s November meeting. Her book, “Eat Less Water,” is about saving water, building soil, and cooking from scratch with organic ingredients. Her dedication to saving water started during one of California’s droughts when she read tips on saving water. She thought about inventing…

Bill Brandt’s Orchard

Bill Brandt, Past President of the Organic Garden Club of Ventura County and a California Rare Fruit Grower, has an abundant fruit orchard in his backyard, where he grows cherimoya, lychee, papaya, banana, and mango, as well as growing pears, avocados, and many varieties of apples right here in Ventura County. Bill Brandt was interview…

Fall Leaves and Mulch

Fall foliage in brilliant yellow, orange, and red appear as autumn’s cool nights and shorter days trigger the photosynthesis to shut down, toning down the green in the leaves and allowing other colors to emerge. When the leaves fall to the ground around the base of the tree, the antioxidants in these colors are absorbed…

Fall Garden Map

Organic gardeners can plan their Fall Veggie Garden by creating a picture of their raised garden beds in a sunny area where veggies can get at least six hours of sun a day. If this is a new garden, choose a southern exposure to the sun which is best for most plants. Fill the beds…

Fall Planting: Onions and Garlic

In California, organic onion seeds can be sowed in starter packs in late summer, these starters can be planted in October, along with individual cloves of garlic which can be planted with the pointed end up in a raised bed garden. Place the raised bed in an area that gets six hours sun a day,…

Growing Marjoram in a Pot

Marjoram is a versatile perennial herb with small gray-green velvety leaves that makes an attractive potted plant that may be brought inside when the temperatures fall. Like it’s cousin, oregano, it likes part shade and rich organic potting soil. Sow seeds indoors in the winter and transplant outdoors in the spring. Propagate marjoram by taking…

Come and Cut again Garden

Gardeners in California can plant a vibrant salad garden in the fall for tasty salad greens all winter long. Lettuces, spinach, arugula, chard, mustard, and other salad fixings thrive in cooler temperatures as the frost gives them a sweeter, richer taste and more vivid colors. Plant an organic seed mix of salad greens in a…