From Conventional to Organic

Roberts RanchGardening, Planting Tips

Its the first day of spring and its blowing in like a lion!  We’ve had rain, snow, sun, clouds, and lots of wind all in one day.  Sounds like spring in Utah!

We are excited about the coming season.  Our seeding schedule begins in earnest now.  We have had our cool season crops seeded for quite some time and they are ready to be transplanted into the garden.  We just need a nice enough day to do that.

Our plans for this season include two more greenhouses where we will grow tomatoes and cucumbers as well as lettuce, spinach, and onions.  We hope to extend our growing season with these two additions, as well as provide shelter from wind and bugs.

We have made a complete transition now from conventional gardening to organic, naturally grown gardening.  It has taken more than a few years to convince me that it makes that big of a difference.  After much research on the subject and testing our vegetables last year against grocery store vegetables, I am a believer.  My poorest beds were higher in value than the grocery store’s most beautiful produce.  I was very pleasantly surprised.

Our philosophy is to grow using all natural products to fertilize and fend off pests.  We believe produce that has a high nutritive value comes from soils that are alive with micro-organisms that maintain a healthy balance and distribution of necessary micronutrients to the roots of the plants.  These micro-organisms are destroyed by the use of man-made chemicals.  Because the “natural” way to feed plants has been taken away, plants become absolutely dependent on the chemical fertilizers in order to grow.  They do grow wonderfully, but are void of necessary nutrients because they grow in soil that is “dead” – completely depleted of life giving micro – organisms.

While many of our beds scored in the good to excellent range according to the brix charts,  we want all of them to be “over the top”  and we are working toward that end.  We are working toward growing  organic foods that are also “high brix” foods.  I’ll discuss more about high brix foods in another post.

In the meantime, we are spreading out the compost, preparing beds for seeds, planting cool season crops, repairing the watering system, and looking forward to the coming season.

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