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April 29, 2013 - Charlotte from Peaceful Valley
Mulch in your vegetable garden—beyond the basics Everyone tells you to mulch your vegetable garden—but exactly how should you choose a mulch? In our new video, Tricia shows you the basics of mulching. What’s the difference between compost… read more»
April 29, 2013 - Charlotte from Peaceful Valley
Grow cover crops and green manure in the summer Most cover crops are planted in late summer, but there are some cover crop seed mixes that can go in the ground in the springtime and give you benefits by the end of the summer. Cover cropping is a cheap… read more»
March 17, 2013 - Charlotte from Peaceful Valley
Meet the secondary macronutrients and the micronutrients your plants need Micronutrients are vitamins for your plants, says Tricia in our new video about secondary macronutrients and the micronutrients. You know about the major nutrients, N-P-K. Those are the symbols for the… read more»
March 11, 2013 - Gardening How-To
Gardening How-To March 2013 - Compost and Fertilizer This article is only available as a scanned image. read more»
July 27, 2012 - Charlotte from Peaceful Valley
How to make your own high quality compost Cook up your own FAST, high-quality compost and either use it immediately in your garden, or brew it for a great compost tea. Compost is one of the cornerstones of organic gardening and we have loads of… read more»
June 21, 2012 - GrowOrganic
June 19, 2012 - Charlotte from Peaceful Valley
TV gardener Joe Lamp’l loves compost How much does famed TV gardener Joe Lamp’l love compost? He dove into a pile of it—more than once. Tricia didn’t have a huge compost pile for Joe at the San Francisco Flower & Garden… read more»
July 26, 2011 - Autumn from Peaceful Valley
Invest $22.34 in cover crops this fall & save $125 in fertilizers come spring I surround myself with Peaceful Valley co-workers from 9-5 and farmer friends after hours. With August just around the corner, all I hear about are cover crops or green manure and how wonderful they are.… read more»
June 1, 2011 - GrowOrganic
May 27, 2011 - Charlotte from Peaceful Valley
Compost tea—definitions When you first heard of compost tea did you think, This time the organic gardeners have gone too far? Tricia has a story about that in our new video on compost tea for home gardeners. To be clear: compost… read more»
April 8, 2011 - Charlotte from Peaceful Valley
It’s a war in there. Or the cycle of life. And death. And decomposition. There’s a fascinating ecosystem that turns your mound of oak leaves and banana peels into soft, sweet-smelling humus… read more»
April 7, 2011 - Charlotte from Peaceful Valley
We hope our new video, Composting 101, inspires you to start a compost pile. Composting is easy! Most of the time, that is. But solving any problems with your compost pile, is definitely easy. We think… read more»
April 7, 2011 - GrowOrganic
September 21, 2009 - Autumn from Peaceful Valley
Using Cover Crops as Green Manure by Amber TIppett, PV Store Manager & Willow Hein, FreshmanFarmer &  PV employee “Cover Crop” is a general term referring to a crop grown to cover and protect the soil.  The term “Green… read more»

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