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…

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,…