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Unnatural Fear of Roundup – Understanding Small Numbers

If you spend time understanding the science behind Roundup and glyphosate, it’s active ingredient, you soon realize that this is a safe chemical compared to many other chemicals, even ones liberally used in the home. Why is it then that so many people fear Roundup?

Probably the biggest reason is great promotion by the anti-Roundup and anti-Monsanto crowd. That is one powerful force, that brings one misleading article after another to the attention of a lot of people.

I think that another reason for this fear is our inability to understand very small and very large numbers. A recent research study found glyphosate in natural water systems and I have seen it posted by several people as proof of a real problem that needs to be feared. If these people simply understood small numbers, they would not fear the report or Roundup.

Unnatural fear of Roundup in drinking water - Understanding small numbers

Unnatural fear of Roundup in drinking water – Understanding small numbers

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Soil Factory Using Bokashi Ferment

I am seeing the term soil factory used more often, usually in discussions about Bokashi or Vermicomposting. I’ll restrict this blog to discussions about Bokashi, but most of the comments also apply to Vermicomposting.

It is claimed that Bokashi ferment, the material remaining after the fermentation process, can be used to make soil, which can then be used for house plants or in the garden. This would be quite a feat if true. It takes nature millions of years to make soil and now Bokashi enthusiasts can do it in a couple of weeks.

Bokashi Soil Factory, by GardenMyths.com

Bokashi Soil Factory, by GardenMyths.com

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Podcast With Abundant Edge – Building Natural Ponds

Oliver M. Goshey, from Abundant Edge, interviewed me recently about the Why and How of Building Your Own Pond. We discussed how natural ponds fit into the move towards permaculture and natural living. The idea of natural gardens and attracting wildlife to the garden is becoming very popular for good reasons and a natural pond is a perfect addition to such gardens.

In the interview we discussed many topics including:

  • Attracting wildlife
  • Designing for a natural look
  • Keeping algae down without pumps
  • How natural ponds keep the water clean
  • Importance of plant shelves
  • Maintaining fish and managing fish waste
  • Why chemicals and water testing is not required
  • How to make it waterproof – liner vs clay lined
  • Maintaining koi
  • Selecting the right size of pump for a waterfall
  • Planning the construction process

 

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Spring Bulbs – When Is The Best Time To Plant?

Almost every gardener grows spring bulbs like tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and crocus. Millions of new bulbs are sold every year and yet people do not agree on the best time to plant them. Some want to plant early, as soon as they arrive in shops. Others say that you should wait until the ground gets an early frost. Some wait until the ground is fully frozen, but that is usually because they forgot to plant earlier.

A couple of years ago I was in a large nursery that specialized in spring bulbs. It was early September in a zone 5 climate and a manager told me not to plant the bulbs for a couple of months until we had a light frost. I looked him in the eye and asked about the bulbs I had planted in prior years – they were already in the ground. Do they need to be dug up so I could re-plant them after frost? He did not have an answer.

Lets have a look at the science and figure out when you should plant spring bulbs.

When is the best time to plant spring bulbs?

When is the best time to plant spring bulbs?

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Podcast With Root Simple – Keep Gardening Simple

Erick Knutzen and Kelly Coyne from Root Simple interviewed me about a wide range of gardening topics. They wanted to better understand my gardening philosophy and how I manage to take care of a 6 acre garden with a lot less effort than most gardeners. Keeping it simple and understanding the real reasons why we do things in the garden allow me to enjoy the garden more, with less effort.

In this podcast you will learn some of my secretes, which anyone can use.

  • The why and how of Aspen Grove gardens
  • Keeping fertilizer to a minimum
  • Using chemicals sparingly
  • Benefits of cut and drop composting
  • Compost tea myths
  • Understanding bokashi
  • You can have too much compost
  • Controlling mosquitoes with plants
  • Treating vegetables different than landscape plants
  • Organic vs synthetic fertilizer
  • Learning to accept some pests

 

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Erick Knutzen and Kelly Coyne from Root Simple

Erick Knutzen and Kelly Coyne from Root Simple

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