The best permaculture walnut guild, and how to produce more food from a smaller area

A plant guild is a community of plants that grows well together. Synthesizing these conditions involves mimicking how plants grow in natural ecosystems. In forests, savannas, and prairies, some plants grow well together and influence each other positively, and some don't. When they don't have a beneficial impact on each other, plants can be either neutral or harmful to each other. But that's … [Read more...]

OUR TEETH AND OUR SOILS WM. A. ALBRECHT, A.B., B.S., M.S., PH.D. Department of Soils, College of Agriculture, University of Missouri

From Annals of Dentistry,No. 6, 1947 OUR TEETH AND OUR SOILS WM. A. ALBRECHT, A.B., B.S., M.S., PH.D. Department of Soils, College of Agriculture, University of Missouri The knowledge about the human body and its many functions has been accumulating seemingly very slowly. The additions to our information have awaited the coming of each new science and the contributions by them in their … [Read more...]

“Food is fabricated soil fertility” by William A. Albrecht

Chapter 23 "Nutrition and Physical Degeneration" Weston A. Price:   FOOD IS FABRICATED SOIL FERTILITY by William A. Albrecht In chapter 20 I have discussed briefly Soil Depletion and Plant and Animal Deterioration. Dr. Albrecht has made new and important contributions to this field. He has graciously consented to my presenting here a condensed summary which he has provided. This address was … [Read more...]

Mulching fruit trees and shrubs for higher and better quality yields

What is mulch and mulching? Mulch is a layer of material applied to the top of the area of soil. Mulch is, usually, used to converse moisture and improve the fertility and health of the soil. Some people also use mulching as a way to reduce weed growth as well as to enhance the visual appeal of the area. Mulch is usually but not exclusively organic in nature. It may be permanent (e.g. plastic … [Read more...]

The best way to eliminate snails and slugs from farms and gardens

What is the best organic way to eliminate snails and slugs from the garden? beer traps? organic snail pellets? salt? copper tapes? only using tools made of copper? Well those would be good methods to control these annoying pests, but they have limitations. For example: organic granules that kill snails are not good for the soil. When I was using granules in my garden a year ago, … [Read more...]

Sea water and sea salt as organic fertilizer that makes healthy plants grow fast

You might be surprised to hear it, but some people use seawater as a... fertilizer. I know you might think that's crazy, because seawater contains a lot of salt (sodium chloride). Well, that's true. But that's not the only ingredient! Seawater chemical composition. What elements and minerals are there in the seawater? Sea water contains many different elements. In fact, most of the naturally … [Read more...]

How to permanently improve your sandy soil

One of the problems a lot of people have is how to improve the fertility of sandy soil. One solution is to add more organic matter (compost, manure, wood chips), but unfortunately if you live in a hot and humid climate the stuff you put in the soil is going to decompose quickly, since microbial activity is so fast. That creates a serious problem, because your poor sandy soil is not holding … [Read more...]

Getting your soil right part 1: Cation Exchange Capacity and base saturation

I've already mentioned a few times that to produce healthy fruit, vegetables, cereals, animals and ultimately humans, soil need to be “balanced”. And by “balanced” I don't mean any esoteric term. I mean that minerals and plant nutrients need to be in the soil in certain quantity and they need to be balanced with each other. I don't know will you believe me, but the knowledge how to grow high … [Read more...]

Why your organic produce food sucks?

You probably know already that the term “organic food” is based on ideology and doesn’t have to do with growing nutrient dense fruit, vegetables or animals. This is why we need to grow food that's "beyond organic" – simply better than organic. Organic agriculture, the good: no pesticides. To some extend, that's not bad: I consider the exclusion of pesticide use a beneficial thing. My readers are … [Read more...]