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…

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…