What Sustainable Farmers Can Teach Gardeners

Let Livestock Boost Crops

The cattle grazing one field at Jake Geiger's ranch today previously helped ready the rye field for sowing.  Properly aged manures are one of nature's best ways to enrich garden soil.

Build Healthy Soils
Organic and sustainable techniques encourage soil health, including the life of microorganisms that might be killed by synthetic fertilizers.

Be Innovative
In case space doesn't allow or the soil is too poor, Heart of Christmas Farms shows how hydroponics grow gourmet food.  The Florida farm is known for its select lettuces and other organically grown vegetables.

Rotate Crops
Farmers have traditionally alternated the greens they grow with nitrogen fixing legumes. Gardeners can find similar advice about rotating vegetables to keep soils healthier and fend off pests.