The problem with some garden owners is that they use too much chemical fertilizers believing it is good for their plants and garden. But, prolonged use of chemical herbicide or weed killer will make your soil unhealthy.

Brassicas: Green Cabbage, Purple Cabbage, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Kale, Kohl Rabi, Mustard, and Arugala, all do well here during the fall and winter months. Snow Peas also do very well right now but are not a brassica. They grow well with brassica’s though.

Have a bon fire and invite some friends over to enjoy it with you. When the fire burns out you should have a pile of ashes that are good to put into your garden. Save yourself some time and make the fire right on your garden spot. Once the fire goes out you can spread the ashes around the garden and till them into the soil.

Planting organic produce in more church back yards would be doing good deeds and acts of kindness for Sacramento’s hungry. In June, 2011, the church teamed up with self-taught Organic Gardening buff James Bridges to plant a community garden that the church has been working toward for several years.

You can go to your local nursery or hardware store and purchase organic soil by the bag full or even by the truck load. Many organic gardeners will put this soil on top of their compacted soil and then plow it into the regular soil. However, for this method to be effective you must have enough organic soil to be from a minimum depth of three inches up to six inches or more. The great thing about it is as you repeat this procedure through several growing seasons you will soon have brought the life back to your original soil.

Pass the word to your local house of worship to grow produce in the yard and give it away free to the poor. Are you in need of free vegetables and fruit? If the weather permits, about a thousand pounds of organic fresh vegetables will go directly out into the community by the end of this produce-growing season. In Sacramento, the LifePointe Church of the Nazarene on Q Street and Rio Linda Boulevard is growing organic vegetables and fruit in its yard to give free food to the poor by donating the produce to people in need.

Thus, I am putting out a call for local vendors of peat moss, sand, compost and other soil amendments / gardening supplies at retail (bulk OR bagged) to contact me ASAP for inclusion in a listing.

Want to brew great beer, than you need Hops, and Sacramento is a perfect growing environment for Hops. There are a few places locally that you can purchase Hops rhizomes, but the best Hos are grown in organic gardens. There are many online nurseries that also sell Hops. These are a very easy crop to grow and for a home brewer you don’t need many plants.