- 28 - Malibu Compost in Sunset Magazine
- 15 - New Compost Teas AVAILABLE NOW!
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- 04 - Product Preview: Get Ready for a Tea Party!
- 01 - Bu’s Brew now available through Williams-Sonoma
- 07 - SoCal Community Garden Program on now!
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- 23 - Soilove’s Norma Bonilla shares the love
- 15 - California Expected to Lose 100 Dairy Farms
- 05 - Garden BootCamp Teleseminar from Ardenwoods Nursery
- 10 - Biodynamics: Tuning In to the Heartbeat of the Soil
- 07 - Testimonial: Put the Bu in Butterflies
- 24 - Testimonial
- 18 - Using soil amendments
- 15 - Love in Bloom
- 09 - The Dish on Dairy Dirt: Ruminations on composted manure
- 22 - Herbicide in Our Watershed: Report reveals this Chemical Causes Birth Defects.
- 20 - One Cow, One Man, One Planet
- 12 - Documentary on bee colony collapse focuses on cutting pesticide use
- 05 - Ojai Premiere: “Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us?”
- 25 - Garden Gossip - 4/22/11
- 22 - Testimonial: Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians
- 20 - Garden Gossip - 4/15/11
- 18 - Demeter Association vs. Monsanto
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- 30 - The Power of Dirt
- 28 - Malibu Compost and Tomatomania!
- 28 - Garden Gossip: BD Saving the Planet (3/25/11)
- 24 - Mariposa Elementary Thanks Malibu Compost
- 24 - Living Each Day With Beauty and Inspiration
- 15 - The Harmful Effects of Miracle-Gro
- 15 - Garden Gossip - 3/11/11
- 02 - Testimonial by Judy Pearce
- 02 - A Soolip Wedding Preview
- 28 - Garden Gossip ft. Dan Bifano and Matthew Freund
- 18 - Malibu Compost at Luther Burbank Middle School
- 16 - Dirty Girl Gardening Is Lovin’ Malibu Compost
- 20 - Landscaper Testimonial
- 20 - Tea Party Workshop: This Saturday in Santa Barbara!
- 20 - Tea Party Workshop: Feb. 5 in Santa Barbara!
- 13 - Colum Riley interview on “Get Growing”
- 03 - Denise on “Garden Gossip” Radio!
- 02 - Shout Out from Ojai Valley Green Coalition!
- 27 - Randy Ritchie to Present at Cedros Gardens on October 30th!
- 22 - Bu at Photo Shoot for “C” Magazine
- 19 - Randy Ritchie (Malibu Compost) Interview with The Farmer Fred Rant!
- 18 - Bu’s Blend at Highland Hall Waldorf School
- 16 - Prest-o Change-o!
- 16 - Thank You Letter: Soil Web Workshop
- 17 - The Problem with Factory Farms
- 17 - Reconstruction
- 16 - Woman’s life goes from manure to manure
- 09 - Open Letter from Desiree Negrete
- 30 - No methyl iodide on our food
- 28 - An Open Letter to Gary Conklin and the Workers of the Conklin Dairy Farm
- 20 - Saving Tongass National Forest
- 20 - DOJ Turns up Heat in Monsanto Anti-Trust Probe
- 10 - Meeting BU
- 10 - Bu’s First Blog
I’ve never believed in magic. David Blaine? Penn & Teller? They do stunts, illusions. But genuine magic? Making things appear - poof! - out of thin air? Doubtful.
It turns out, though, I’ve been thinking about magic all wrong.
When my husband and I moved into our new Silver Lake home three months ago, the backyard was a monstrosity. I hesitate to call it a “yard” at all; it was more like a museum of weeds. Every sort of aggressive, tangly creeper imaginable was on display to the public. The three foot-tall knotted thicket gave shelter to a horde of black widow spiders, and made the idea of my dream vegetable garden seem impossible.
However, I had something that no weed can withstand—determination. An army of my closest pals descended on the mess, cutting down the vines and clearing space for the garden of my dreams. Their reward? Fresh lemonade…AND, of course, the promise that I would one day feed them with the veggies of their labor (in about 50-60 days from sowing).
As a first time gardener, I had much to learn. When to plant, what to plant, how to plant—it took dozens of hours of research (thank you, internet) before I felt confident enough to actually break ground.
Fortunately, I made a very good decision early on. A friend recommended I check out something called Bu’s Blend compost. I researched it and figured that anything with the word biodynamic would have to be awesome, so I emailed the company. Within seconds I received a message back, telling me how to layer in Bu’s with the native soil, and how I should let it sit for a while before sowing a single seed. I was chomping at the bit, but patience won out.
Time passed. More lessons were learned. Composting workshops were attended. Researching…about sunlight, worm juice, battling aphids and cutworms, making my own fish emulsion (wow is that a smelly endeavor!), and the list goes on and on.
But after a whole MONTH of intense preparation—from weed whacking, to building planters, to layering soil with Bu’s—something truly magical happened. Where a mound of invasive underbrush once lived now stood an organic vegetable garden. Bu’s Blend worked. And I mean really worked! The corn is 9 feet high. Tomatoes tower over their cages. Cucumbers spill out of the planter. Not only was I able to keep my promise and feed my friends, I’ll have plenty left over for neighbors, family and guests. All from someone who has never had a garden before!
Like I said, I’ve never believed in that flashy, saw-a-woman-in-half kind of magic. But that’s not what gardening is about. The most important lesson I’ve learned is patience. With patience, a few hard-working friends, and a little help from Bu’s Blend, the impossible becomes possible. Weeding… becomes seeding… becomes feeding.
If that’s not magic, I don’t know what is.