Common Poisonous Garden Plants

by Bill Brandt Gardeners need to protect themselves when pruning some common garden plants. The sap from some succulents can be dangerous for your eyes and skin, like the fire stick or pencil plant, which is in the Euphorbia family and is pictured above. The sap from this plant is classified as a carcinogen and…

The Soil Chef

Our March speaker, Cuauhtemoc Villa, told us about ancient methods of revitalizing the soil, using effective microbes to ferment organic material. He talked about bokashi composting, which is an anaerobic process that relies on inoculated bran to ferment kitchen waste into a safe soil builder and nutrient-rich tea for your plants and the soil. He…

Bill Brandt Pruning Workshop at Las Flores Community Orchard

Bill Brandt is past president of the Organic Garden Club of Ventura County and past president of California Rare Fruit Growers, Los Angeles Chapter. In January, 2021, he gave a Pruning Workshop at  Las Flores Community Garden Orchard, showing how to prune various fruit trees: stone fruits, citrus, avocado, cherimoya, and fig. Our photographer, Scott…

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…