If I told you I have a brown thumb, that’s not because I have dirt on it. That’s because I have no luck growing anything worth mentioning. I grew 5 measly potatoes, a cauliflower the size of my fist, and 4 teeny onions last year. There is no way I can feed my family with what I grow.
So I wanted to chat with my bestie grower – she’s more than a gardener – Anna Hackman of Green Talk for Wellness Wednesday in hopes I can learn a few things to grow food better this year.
Unfortunately, my audio didn’t cooperate due to unreliable internet connection but the important part – Anna’s immense knowledge on organic gardening – was intact so you can listen to her tips and see what’s she’s growing right now!
You can watch it below and/or read the summary below the video screen. Hope you’ll learn to grow your own food or get better, if you are already growing with Anna’s tips.
Organic Gardening with Anna Hackman
Here is a summary of organic gardening tips from Anna.
- Do not use pesticides that are not approved by Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI)
- Compost. Compost. Compost.
- She doesn’t like animal manure in fear that it might be contaminated with bacteria (like E. Coli), GMO, has RoundUp, and Pesticides that she’s not aware of.
- Buy compost from the County or from a local gardener. Ask where does it comes from? A manure farm? A factory farm? Do they test their compost?
- Compost can be labeled as OMRI approved but can contain animal manure that might not have had organic feed.
- Don’t get manure from animals that were fed alfalfa since it’s probably GMO.
- Feather meal can be in fertilizers and potting soil but she believes it shouldn’t be allowed in organic fertilizers and soil if the poultry isn’t raised in the same standards for poultry designated as organic.
- Sow your cold hardy seeds indoors at least 6 weeks before frost date. Frost date in zone 6 is around Mother’s Day. Leeks and onions can be sown earlier so their stems are nice and fat before they are placed in the garden
- Be sure to harden off your indoor plants before they are planted outside. Anna starts now to harden off her cold weather plants by extending their time outside each day.
What to ask a farmer at the farmers market
- Ask about their pesticide management.
- Did they grow their products.
Seeds Anna Loves
Buy heirloom seeds. Heirlooms will produce the seeds you can collect to replant. And they are not genetically modified!
- Anna freezes seeds! I had no idea you can freeze them!
- Seed companies Anna loves – Annie’s, Baker’s, Bountiful Gardens, Heirloom, Peaceful Valley, and for more resources, check HERE for more
- Here is a FREE download called “5 Ridiculous Gardening Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make” from Anna