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Three Things to NEVER Do in the Garden

August 20, 2013

          No nakedness allowed – NO BARE SOIL! Soil is like the skin of the earth. It needs covering to preserve moisture and to keep out invaders. I like to use wheat/oat straw because it breaks down quickly and inhibits weeds. There is nothing I hate worse than uninhibited weeds!

2.     NEVER mulch without topdressing! ALWAYS apply a little organic fertilizer on TOP of the ground BEFORE mulching. In the garden, soil microbes, fondly referred to as “bugs,” eat first—BEFORE your plants do. If you mulch without adding an organic nitrogen fertilizer, the bugs will pull the nitrogen they need out of the soil, depriving your plants of nutrients. Bugs are not REALLY selfish. They will EVENTUALLY give the nitrogen back, but it will probably be AFTER your plants have suffered.

3.     NO stinginess allowed! Gardening is about abundance. Buyers walk into the produce section and wonder what they can afford. Gardeners look at their gardens and wonder who the hell is going to eat all this stuff! Plant extra everything, especially the things people like, such as tomatoes and herbs. Nothing shares the love like fresh tomatoes from a friend. And, for some reason, people think herbs are hard to grow, so don’t tell them otherwise. WOW them!


Remember that growing food is what humans have been doing ever since they left behind their hunter/gatherer methods for finding food. Today, we like to KNOW that we have a steady supply of food from our own fields. When you grow your own food you are taking personal responsibility for your own sustenance. You are yelling to the world that you can take care of you and yours, that you are a responsible human, working with nature to provide a bountiful feast from the humblest of substances – living soil. Humble though your soil may be, it is THE most precious substance on earth, and its care is the highest calling known to mankind. Because without good soil, humans will eventually perish, and the bugs WILL get the last laugh after all.


New blog that I think you might find of interest

February 1, 2012

Well, it’s been a while, but with spring coming, or maybe already here, then look for more blog posts.

In the meantime, check out my friends blog.

Karen is the past director of ASAN – Alabama Sustainable Agriculture Network and the current owner of Crotovina, Inc. She has a unique perspective on organic agriculture. I think you will especially like her last two entries.

Until next time, this is Michael – a man out standing in his field.

2010 in review

January 3, 2011

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Fresher than ever.

Crunchy numbers

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A helper monkey made this abstract painting, inspired by your stats.

The Leaning Tower of Pisa has 296 steps to reach the top. This blog was viewed about 1,200 times in 2010. If those were steps, it would have climbed the Leaning Tower of Pisa 4 times

In 2010, there were 16 new posts, not bad for the first year!

The busiest day of the year was July 12th with 53 views. The most popular post that day was About this site:.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for michael labelle, michael labelle blog, vertical grow planter, lasagna planting, and

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


About this site: January 2010


Getting Started – With Container Gardening February 2010


The Tale of Two Cities and other ramblings January 2010
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Where I’m Coming From – Sort Of January 2010


Growing Hemp for Fun and Profit February 2010
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