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An organic gardening course on building your soil health and fertility using cover crops.
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Join the Homegrown Humus Organic Gardener Course and Study Group BETA version

 Do you want to improve your soil fertility? Would you like to learn more about cover crops? Does growing your own fertilizer sound good to you? Have you been hearing about green manure but aren’t sure where to start? Well me too!

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Would you like to join me in this organic gardener course study group where we go through Anna Hess’ amazing primer

 

Homegrown Humus: Cover Crops in a No-Till Garden ?

“Homegrown humus is easy with cover crops!

Cover crops are a simple, cheap way to boost your soil’s organic matter, to fight weeds, to prevent erosion, to attract pollinators, and to keep the ecosystem in balance. Unfortunately, most information on growing cover crops is written for people who plow their soil every year and are willing to spray herbicides. You can get all of the same benefits in a no-till garden, though, if you’re clever.

Homegrown Humus details five no-till winners in depth — buckwheat, sweet potatoes, oilseed radishes, rye, and oats. Profiles of other species suggest gardening conditions when you might want to try out sunflowers, annual ryegrass, barley, Austrian winter peas, crimson clover, cowpeas, or sunn hemp as well.

Meanwhile, the book delves into finding cover-crop seeds, planting cover crops in a no-till garden, and easily killing cover crops without tilling or herbicide use.

Understanding the C:N ratio of cover crops helps determine how long to wait between killing cover crops and planting vegetables, as well as how to maximize the amount of humus you’re adding to your soil.

Cover crops are an advanced gardening technique bound to increase your vegetable yields, but are simple enough for beginners. Give your garden a treat — grow some buckwheat!” from her amazon page.

What is Humus? Humus is the organic component of soil, formed by the decomposition of leaves and other plant material by soil microorganisms. 

To learn more visit www.organicgardenerpodcast.com

Tentative schedule 

Sept – What is a Cover Crop and how to choose the right one

Oct – Types of Cover Crops – Buckwheat, Oil Seed Radishes and Sweet Potatoes

Nov -Types of Cover Crops – Oats, Rye and Cover Crop Cocktails

Dec – Turning your Cover Crop into soil and making a plan for your own garden including how to determine the C:N (carbon to nitrogen) ratio of cover crops and how to maximize the amount of humus your adding to your soil.

Cost 

Cost for the BETA version would be $10 and includes a copy of the book with free shipping in the U.S.! (kindle available outside USA) Eventually this course would be $39.99

To learn more visit www.organicgardenerpodcast.com

Required Texts:

Homegrown Humus: Cover Crops in a No-Till Garden (Permaculture Gardener) (Volume 1)

http://www.sare.org/Learning-Center/Books/Managing-Cover-Crops-Profitably-3rd-Edition

https://www.ars.usda.gov/plains-area/mandan-nd/ngprl/docs/cover-crop-chart/ Copyright © 2017 Organic Gardener Podcast, All rights reserved. We are so glad you signed up to receive emails from the Organic Gardener Podcast. We will respect your inbox and only send what we believe to be the most valuable information and content to help you create your own organic oasis and protect our beautiful planet.

Risks and challenges

Well cover crops are new to me to. We will all be learning together but I will do everything to help you find all you need to start growing healthier soil in your garden! To learn more visit http://organicgardenerpodcast.com/

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    HomeGrown Humus Study Group

    Do you want to improve your soil fertility? Would you like to learn more about cover crops? Does growing your own fertilizer sound good to you?
    Want to learn how to build your own HUMUS?
    Humus is the organic component of soil, formed by the decomposition of leaves and other plant material by soil microorganisms. In this group we'll go through Anna's primer and talk about cover crops that can work for you.

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