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…

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…

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…

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…