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  • Cagla Bazley

    Hi,
    I am Cagla Bazley, I live in Anaheim with my husband Tom (gardener in chef LOL) and our dog Lucy and two cats Calvin and Hobbs.
    Since I started juicing and healthy eating beginning of last year, organic fruit and vegetables became a most 🙂
    We have a miniature Orange, Lemon and Nectarine tree in our little garden and we try to plant vegetables in the season…I still have some kale and red and yellow bell peppers but they don’t do great right know 🙁
    Sending you love from sunny CA

    • James Early

      Cagla, Glad you’re eating organic. Hope the garden in 2014 is better than ever.

  • Marisol

    Hi my name is Marisol and I live in central California. I just started my first garden and to be honest, I have no idea what I am doing lol. My boyfriend’s parents garden, so my boyfriend knows a little about gardening but I want to learn more. So far we have planted cilantro, Japanese cucumber and lettuce. When we buy certified organic seeds/plants, do we not have to worry that they might be GMO?
    I also want to plant flowers. Where is the best place to buy these flowers? Does it matter? Is there such thing as organic flowers? I see flowers all the time outside of the grocery stores, are those ok to buy?

    • James Early

      Marisol, Thanks for your great questions. Welcome to Organic Gardening 365. Certified organic seeds and plants are guaranteed to be free of GMOs. As for flowers, I think it’s also important to use organic flowers and flower seeds. Why? First because you’re supporting the organic industry and saying no to all the chemicals and pesticides that go into plant production. That all has an effect on the environment. Second, plants and flowers that are not grown organically are often sprayed with chemicals that are harmful to bees. You could be bringing some of that residue into your garden. Third, when you buy flowers and other plants that have been fertilized with chemicals instead of organically, that residue is in the planting mix in the pots. You are adding that to your soil. Sometimes I have seen big lumps of fertilizer, which I know is not organic or it would say so, in a plant pot from the nursery. When this goes into the soil, it takes away from all your efforts at being organic and restoring the soil to it’s normal fertile state.

      Now as to where you can buy organic flowers. There are several organic seed companies online if you want to get seeds. I am in CT and don’t know CA so I would Google “organic nurseries” in your area and see what comes up. Also see if there are any organic gardeners in your community and join a garden club. Local people are the best resources.

      Let me know how it goes for you this year and please don’t hesitate to ask me any questions you may have. Those Japanese cucumbers sound wonderful.

      Happy growing.

  • Hi James. We have alpacas and are starting to use their manure in our gardening. We have an asparagus bed with fairly fresh paca poo as a top layer. Is it safe to eat the spears that have grown through that layer?

    • James Early

      Hi Sheryl. I would normally never recommend spreading fresh manure in your flower and vegetable beds. It should be thoroughly decomposed and composted before added to the soil. There’s a lot of micro-biology doing on in fresh manure that is not good for humans. This could certainly get on the asparagus. I would try to scrape as much of the paca poo off the beds and add it to a compost pile if you have one. Or start one if you don’t.

      So, can you eat the asparagus? Think about it for a minute. I would probably say no. I have never had alpacas or used their manure. So I just checked some of my sources and some say that since pace poo is in pellet form and doesn’t have the same makeup as horse and cow manure, for example, it is okay to use it fresh. Others say you should definitely compost it.

      Just to be safe, I would do a little more research online. In the future, I’d compost it for 1 to 3 months.

  • James, your warm, friendly welcoming video brings you right to my garden … which this year will be rid of aphids! Thank you so much,
    John