679: Soil Review – What does a Garden Need
A Garden Chat with Michael Moore.
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In This Garden Chat:
Instead of starting a new crop in your gardens with tired old soil, consider boosting the potential yield and health of the crops by rejuvenating the soil each season. In this Garden Chat we talk with permaculture gardener and practitioner Michael Victoria Moore about how to boost the health of the ecosystem housing the roots of your plant babies. Michael, Greg and co-host Janice Norton also answer some soil questions sent in during the live chat.
Michael Victoria Moore is a Permaculture Consultant and Practitioner living in Alberta. After watching Geoff Lawton videos on Youtube, she attended workshops, lectures, and films, read all that she could on the internet, and started picking up books on anything permaculture. The more she read, the more she realized that this was her course in life. Michael signed up to take her Permaculture Design Certification Course and what a game changer that was! Since then, the momentum has never stopped. She attended the International Permaculture Conference and Convergence in Amman Jordan, with over two hundred delegates from around the world, including the co- founder of Permaculture himself, Bill Mollison. Then she studied with Doug Weatherby, the Soil Doctor with the renowned organization, The Soil Foodweb. Michael’s company, Genesis Permaculture, Regenerative Landscape and Design has been in practice for the past 11 years. As a Practitioner and Designer of regenerative systems, Michael and her company help people grow their own food and create self-sustaining landscapes that are vibrant and full of life.
- What is permaculture? Michael’s perspective
- “Work is an error in design.”
- Permaculture design courses in person vs online
- Turning a problem into a solution for an entirely different problem
- Describing healthy soil
- Starting with a blank canvas – building healthy soil from scratch
- Nature never leaves soil exposed
- Opening your soil up in the spring
- Boosting the soil you have
- Composting gets you involved in the process
- The Berkley pile method of composting – why Michael does not recommend it
- Adding carbon to your compost
- Getting a town to start a compost program
- Keeping it local
- Passive composting
- Top 5 soil amendments
- Avoiding invasive weeds
How to reach Michael:
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