Tag Archives: soil

  • What Should I Do?
    Phil Williams

    Why Bother Composting?

    The benefits of building great soil.
    by Phil Williams

    Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 12:01 AM


    Composting can seem pretty complicated. Depending on who you talk to, or what you read, you will find tons of different advice on how to get just the right “brew”. You’ll hear about having the perfect ratio of greens and browns, and putting them together in thin shredded layers. Then you hear about occasionally turning…

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  • Podcast

    A New Opportunity For Investing In Productive Farmland

    Creating value by improving the land
    by Adam Taggart

    Sunday, August 10, 2014, 5:13 PM


    Over the past few years, we've tracked the success of Farmland LP, a fund created to increase the economic yield of farmland through sustainable farming practices.

    Today's big news is that, while the initial LP fund closed to new investors last year, the same management team has just launched a new fund, this time structured as a real estate investment trust (REIT).

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  • Insider
    Chris Martenson/Martenson Garden July 2014

    Humans Making Bad Choices Is Why I Garden

    Behold, the era of Peak Soil
    by Chris Martenson

    Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 12:35 AM


    As long as you're curious and read somewhat widely, if you're one of those readers who digs a bit further now and then, it's pretty much impossible to avoid the conclusion that humans are living unsustainably.

    We're using up energy sources that took approximately 350 million years to accrete in a single 350-year-long orgy of consumption.

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  • Daily Prep
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    Your Garden’s Soil pH Matters

    Acidic or Alkaline?
    by Jason

    Monday, July 7, 2014, 2:22 PM


    Ensuring that your soil pH is appropriate for the types of plants you are planting in your garden is an important step to archeiving success with your food production.

    Use a DIY Soil Test Kit or send of samples to a state soil-testing lab to find out what you are working with.  The following article gives your a great summary of knowledge for working with soil pH and what you need to do to change pH to accommodate your plants. 


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  • What Should I Do?

    “Weeds” as Soil Indicators

    Nature's helpful healers
    by Phil Williams

    Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 1:19 PM


    The types of “weeds” that grow seemingly spontaneously in your garden are telling you valuable information about your soil and microclimate if you care to listen. There are certain “weeds” that appear when the soil has been degraded to rehabilitate the soil back to life, or simply as a protectant cover when we leave the soil bare, and open to the elements. These unappreciated plants do all the hard work to make their home eventually no longer suitable for themselves. To add insult to injury we call these plants weeds, and pull, spray, and curse them.

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  • Daily Prep
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    10 Facts About Earthworms

    A closer look under the surface at our wiggling friends
    by Jason

    Monday, April 28, 2014, 4:28 PM


    A wonderful summary and list of facts about earthworms and why they are so important to our soil and gardens.  Keep this information in mind the next time you use a dewormer on your pets and livestock.  Their waste stream can have a huge impact on your friendly earthworm friends. 


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  • Daily Digest
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    Daily Digest 8/8 – Increased Grazing Improves Soil, The Downside Of Living Longer

    by DailyDigest

    Thursday, August 8, 2013, 2:48 PM

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    • Increased grazing helps improve soil

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  • What Should I Do?
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    How to Install Raised Garden Beds

    Increase Your Self-Sufficiency By Growing Your Own Food
    by Adam Taggart

    Tuesday, July 16, 2013, 1:32 AM


    If you’ve been intending to become a gardener but aren’t quite sure yet how to get started, this how-to guide is for you.

    It chronicles the steps that I successfully followed to put in my own garden this year, all while working hard on the PeakProsperity.com site and traveling frequently with Chris. From start to finish, it was a one-manpower project.

    Hopefully this guide will give you the direction, inspiration, and confidence that you, too, can do this.

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  • Blog

    Making Potting Mix

    by Jason

    Monday, April 16, 2012, 5:17 PM


    With spring upon us and the warming of the earth, many readers are getting the urge and itch to get outside and start planting a garden. Whether your garden is large enough to feed a community or just big enough to supplement your everyday fresh greens addiction, at some point you will need a supply of potting soil. From container herb gardens to the square-foot garden method, potting soil will need to be on hand. High-quality potting soil is an essential component to a successful garden season because it provides the foundational medium in which your plants will start and continue to grow in. In this article I discuss the process and recipe that I have used for many years for making great potting soil.  I hope to provide you with ideas on how to make the best mix for your garden and ways to save money in the future. 

    The Recipe

    The following is an excellent general seed starting mix and transplant mix.  For plants that might require a lighter mix, use a 2-1-1 ratio of the following ingredients.

    Mix the following ingredients together in a sealable bag or container to maintain moisture if potting mix is to be stored for any length of time.

    • 3 parts Peat Moss
    • 1 part Compost (can be a combo of compost and worm castings if you have a worm bin available)
    • 1 part Perlite

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  • Blog

    Investing in the Future with SlowMoney

    by Chris Martenson

    Monday, May 24, 2010, 7:16 PM


    I have been slow to throw my hat into the ring with organizations dedicated to bringing intelligent responses to our predicament. The reason is that I have a list of requirements that have to be met:

    • The proposed actions have to address the real challenges that we face.
    • The organization has to be strictly non-partisan and neutral or silent on a wide range of belief-centered positions.

    I know that doesn’t seem like a very long list of requirements, but it turns out that it eliminates an enormous number of organizations and individuals from consideration as affiliate partners.

    On the first requirement, there are a lot of efforts out there that are either in denial about the actual predicament in which we find ourselves or are approaching solutions in a socially-cautious, status-quo fashion.  Their incremental efforts run a very high risk of being in the category of ‘too little, too late,‘ and are therefore largely ineffective, even if energetic and well-meaning.  Even if I am glad they exist and wish them well, I simply have a hard time getting excited by efforts that, in my opinion, are badly overmatched by the pace and scope of the changes that are coming.

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