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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

Organic Gardening

Homeowners can awaken their neighborhood to the need to act in the current environmental emergency by using organic gardening techniques and taking simple steps at home. Planting eco-friendly native plants and fruit trees instead of a lawn in the front yard and using a drip irrigation system, saves water and attracts pollinators. Refraining from the…