Pest Free Organic Gardening

A natural vegetable garden ecosystem lets Nature take its course by attracting beneficial bugs to eat up the pests that devour the veggies. As no poison is safe, gardeners can deter pests and critters using organic gardening techniques, growing their food in organic raised bed gardens in a complex biological community creating conditions that make…

Fruit Tree Pruning

Bill Brandt, California Rare Fruit Grower and Past President of Organic Garden Club, lead a fun and informative Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop on August 24, 2019 at the Las Flores Community Orchard. Four Steps to Pruning Fruit Trees with Tips by Bill Brandt Cut the whips (top growth from last year’s growth) two to three…

Rewilding Humans

Tammy Chu, editor of Edible Ojai and Ventura County, was the August speaker at the Organic Garden Club of Ventura County meeting. The next issue of Edible will be on fermented foods. She spoke about how we can restore our bodies to our natural uncultivated state.  Modern humans have been on this planet for approximately…

Butterfly Garden

Create a beautiful backyard butterfly garden with lovely native flowers, culinary herbs, and berries. The main food of adult butterflies is nectar from red, orange, yellow, blue, or purple flowers that haven’t been sprayed with weed or insect killers. Many native flowers have been thought of as weeds to be removed, such as clovers, mallows,…

Growing Perennial Veggies

Instead of growing veggies in a patch of straight rows of crops, gardeners can plant a variety of interesting perennial edibles in a relaxed design in the landscape around their home. To grow perennial veggies, check plant labels at the nursery to discover their winter hardiness, as it is important to get the right variety…

Propagate Edible Plants

Growing veggies from seeds is a rewarding activity, as we watch the seedlings develop into delicious veggies we can bring to the table. There are other ways to propagate plants besides growing them from seeds. We can also grow new plants from from cuttings, by division, by layering, and by grafting.  By collecting seeds at…

Aquaponic Gardening

With aquaponics, you can grow veggies and fish in a single, self-contained, eco-friendly space, combining aquaculture and hydroponics with a twist. The fish provide nutrients for the plants, while the plants clean the water for the fish.  Aquaponics uses natural bacterial cycles to convert fish waste to plant nutrients. This recirculating water system, growing veggies…