Fall Backyard Fruits in Ventura County

Bill Brandt just harvested these organic Baldwin pears from his Thousand Oaks backyard tree. He chooses varieties of fruit trees to plant in his garden that are suited for the climate in Ventura County! Every variety of fig grows well in Southern California! Diana Lovejoy’s young mission fig tree is producing yummy organic figs!  Bill…

Organic Garden Club Meeting: Mesa Harmony Garden and Gottlieb Native Garden

Welcome to a meeting of the Organic Garden Club of Ventura County! We have two wonderful speakers giving their presentations in this hour long video! Hugh Kelly is president of Mesa Harmony Garden, a food forest in Santa Barbara run by volunteers that provides produce for their local food bank. Scott Logan, Naturalist, has great…

Mary Freed’s Spring Tour of Conejo Botanic Garden

Mary Freed, longtime Conejo Botanic Garden docent and past president of the Organic Garden Club of Ventura County, guides us through the Garden and points out the spring splendor of the flowering plants and trees.

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…

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,…