I love the experience of walking through a large, peaceful forest. The rich smell of damp earth and fallen leaves. The gentle sound of birds, frogs, and insects. The feeling of sunlight and shade moving across my arms and face.
And of course, the soft colors of brown and green as I gaze at the plants and trees. Life is in every direction, and it is relentless. Through harsh winters and hot summers, life never stops growing, especially in a forest.
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Given that, it makes one wonder: Is there anything we can learn from the forest and apply to our vegetable gardens? Plants in forests usually do so well, but why?
In this video by Growing Your Greens, John explores this topic. He hikes through a forest in New Zealand, makes some interesting observations, and talks about how you can apply them to your vegetable garden.
Here are his tips:
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- Harness The Power of Carbon in Your Garden
- Use Clean Water
- Grow Diversity
- Cover Your Ground
- Don’t Walk on Your Garden Beds
- Grow What Grows Easy
- Create Leaf Mould Compost
- Leave Your Roots in the Ground After the Season
- Have a Proper Moisture Level in Your Garden
- Encourage Soil Microlife
- Grow Pollinators, Natives and Beneficial Insect-Attracting Plants
- Amend Your soil With Rock Dust / Minerals
- Don’t Spray Pesticides in Your Garden
- Never Give Up
Watch the video below to hear him go into detail on these tips.