Genetically Modified Organisms….Friend or Foe?

When someone mentions the phrase, “Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO)”, what comes to mind? Do you see it as life saver or just as a dangerous experiment? Or do you have absolutely no idea what a GMO is? Just so we are all on the same page a GMO is defined as “genetically modified organism: an organism or microorganism whosegenetic material has been altered by means of genetic engineering” (Dictionary.com). GMOs have…

Dam… The Mighty Sand Dam

Dam…The Mighty Sand Dam   You are probably thinking to yourself, “What the heck is a Sand Dam?” Could it possibly be a dam made out of sand? But that is preposterous!” You are exactly right! A dam made out of purely sand is a crazy idea. How could sand possible act as a barrier…

Do you even mulch bruh?

Black polyethylene plastic mulch is a relatively cheap, simple, and versatile method of conserving moisture in your garden. Similar to zai pits and small water reservoirs, mulch can be used to store sufficient amounts of water for your garden, escaping the horrors of drought in the hottest of summer days. Unlike zai pits and small…

The Pits of Plants

Carly Cockerham April 11.2015 Zai pits, or “tassa’s” are holes that are dug in non-permeable ground about 5-15cm deep, and a diameter of 15-50cm, these pits are usually dug 80cm from each other. There is poorly available, organic matter which is placed at the base of the pit to create in a sense a wall,…

Encouraging Mycorrhizal Growth in Soil to Conserve Water

In order to conserve water in our garden, it is recommended to encourage mycorrhizal growth. But, first off, what is mycorrhiza? Mycorrhiza is a type of fungus that has developed a symbiotic relationship with plants, in which it increases the absorption of phosphorus and other nutrients. The plant allows the fungus to attach itself to…

Olla Irrigation Saves Time, Water, and Soil Health

Olla (OY-yah) irrigation provides an elegantly simple, efficient, out-of-site irrigation method best suited for smaller growing areas. Brand new ollas ready for the garden (source: http://islandbreath.blogspot.com/2010/09/buried-ollas-for-irrigation.html) The olla is a round clay chamber with a long neck at the top. The olla is fired but unglazed, ensuring that it remains porous. Typical ollas can hold between…