In this course you will learn how organic gardening starts with the soil. I consider soil science to be the foundation to gardening. The goal of this course is to educate individuals who want to learn to garden and to show how it can be done chemically free by restoring the soil.
Good soil helps you to be free and independent from fertilizers, while creating a more ecologically-balanced Earth and producing better, bigger vegetables.
If everything we eat comes, in some manner, from the soil, then treating our soil as a life force that needs to be cared for is the way to start.
So how do we bring the soil to life and what is the process?
Take this course and become the expert!
Introduction 1 lecture 2:00
I discuss how to bring back your soil to a healthy productive state, the importance of maintaining healthy soil and how to maintain it along with the organisms in it. I cover details on the various organisms that exist in the soil and how they are part of the food chain. I highlight the role organic matter and proper fertilization play in restoring the soil.
Organic Matter and pH 1 lecture 5:04
Stressing the importance of organic matter, I discuss how it is the life blood of the soil. I delve into how it works within the soil, the type of soil tests that are necessary and how pH levels contribute to or destroy the soil restoration process as well as the importance of a balance pH.
Soil Microorganism 1 lecture 3:12
I explore the various microorganisms and the role each plays within the soil. I look at how these move up the chain and support the soil’s health as key helpers and how we can deal with soil differently.
Bacteria 1 lecture 6:48
I explain why bacteria is so important and the role it plays in the soil. I cover the different types of bacteria we find in the soil, the difference between aerobic and anaerobic bacteria, and the role each plays.
Nitrogen-Fixing Bacteria - I explain how this especial bacteria can be used and explore the fungi-bacteria intricate relationship and its impact on the soil pH.
Fungi 1 lecture 6:07
I acknowledge fungi as good guys and discuss the role they play in fertilization, the availability of mycorrhizae and how they work to restore your soil.
What Kills Bacteria and Fungi 1 lecture 2:10
I portray the various cultural practices that destroy these organisms and the impact that fertilizer and machinery has on microbial populations.
Protozoa 1 lecture 2:09
I explore the role protozoa have in the soil food chain and their contribution. I explain their eating habits and how they benefit plants as well as how they impact nematodes.
Nematodes and Worms 1 lecture 7:20
I discuss the difference between nematodes and worms and their role in the food web. I review the relationship that exists between protozoa and bacteria. I portray why worms are critical, the impact they have on the soil and how to keep them alive and growing. I inform you about various causes that destroy worms and how certain cultural practices destroy our soil and the worms.
Conclusion on Soil Section 1 lecture 1:58
The goals you should strive for, and a general overview of the actions necessary in order to keep the soil alive.
What will I learn?
In this section of the course on fertilization I cover the importance of choosing the right fertilization methods in order to keep the microorganisms alive so they can continue to improve the soil.
We will discuss the various ways to fertilize and also explore the qualities of organic fertilizers versus synthetic fertilizers.
We will talk about the role organic matter plays on fertilization and answer the question: what are biosolids and how do they impact your soil? We will discuss the organic fertilizers out there and cover the various organic fertilizers.
Chemical Versus Organic Fertilization 1 lecture 5:19
Here I cover how synthetic chemical fertilizers get absorbed as well as their impact on the soil; the availability of various organic fertilizers and the role organic matter has on fertilization. I will talk about conditioners found in organic fertilizers and what is used to make organic fertilizers.
Biosolids as Organic Fertilizers 1 lecture 3:20
Here I will consider questions like: What are biosolids and where do they come from? What are some of the potential problems when using them long term?
Types of Organic Fertilizers 1 lecture 4:40
The various types of organic fertilizers are discussed, along with some of the liquid fertilizers, such as compost aerated tea and when to apply them.
Use of Organic Fertilizers/ Conclusion 1 lecture 3:09
I explore why organic matter needs to be part of the fertilization process, the contribution organic matter has on the soil and the various ways we can improve the soil. Lastly, I will offer a summary and conclusion.
Marleny Franco has been a Horticulturist helping people grow food for over thirty-five years. She holds a Master’s degree in Plant Physiology from Rutgers University and worked as an Agricultural County Agent and professor at Rutgers University for eleven years before moving on to establish and run an environmental horticultural non-profit organization called: Greater Newark Conservancy.
Through her work with the Greater Newark Conservancy she was successful in encouraging thousands of individuals to garden across the state and other locations within the US. After twelve years, she decided to move on to establish her own landscaping design and installation business, Grace Enhancement & Landscaping with a focus on organic landscaping and the creation of natural landscapes. (now a part of Gardening The Organic Way LLC)
She recently started an organic gardening blog(GardeningtheOrganicWay) that provides easy-to-follow instructions on how to grow a large variety of fruits and vegetables. Her goal is to reach the public at large, and anyone who has an interest in individually growing their own organic foods. She believes gardening is a true revolution that allows us to restore our soil, our health, and brings us closer to nature. All this while diminishing our carbon footprint and, in turn, rid the earth of toxicity. The website provides a detailed, step-by-step approach on how to create and maintain an organic garden, thus enabling the reader to serve healthy, home-grown organic produce to their families.