Author: Jim Kurtz

Twas the Night Before Xmas in the Garden

Twas the Night Before Christmas, ol’ Santa’s working hard and Bringing wonderful gifts for your farm and garden The stockings are stuffed with nozzles and seeds And all kinds of special gadgets for dealing with weeds The growers were nestled all snug in their beds As visions of a great harvest danced in their heads […]

Weatherproof tomatoes?

Weather is often the biggest barrier a farmer has to deal with in getting his crops grown and to market. While there is no “magic bullet” that can make a crop truly bulletproof, we can help the plants become more resilient to poor weather conditions. Enter Art Heinneman, an organic farmer in Tonasket, Washington. He […]

Enhancing Your Soil with Microbes

In both gardening and agriculture, we tend to focus on the basics to get our plants to grow. Proper watering, proper sunlight and adding fertilizer are the three most common ways to get plants growing. But is that all there is to plant health? The answer is no. There is an important and often unknown […]

We are Increasing Fertilizer Effectiveness by 30%

Fertilizer has been an important part of successful agriculture for centuries. Finding that perfect mix of organic material, nutrients and chemicals that will stimulate plant growth is an matter of ongoing research. However, no matter what ingredients you use, there is an important factor to consider: how much of the material in that fertilizer is […]

Making Organic Fertilizer More Effective

Most people would agree that if they can get the same or better plant yield with organic fertilizer, they would prefer to use it. However, there has been some doubt whether organic fertilizer can outperform conventional fertilizers. That’s where we come in. By analyzing fertilizers in his lab, Fulvio Balmelli can design frequency patterns that […]

Don’t Worry, Bee Happy

Bees and other pollinators are one of the most critical components to healthy gardening and farming. By pollinating the flowers, they make it possible for fruit and seeds to develop. In fact, over 90% of the food we eat depends on pollinators. Unfortunately, due to a number of factors, including: urbanization, climate changes, pesticides and […]