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No need to complicate—organic gardening means letting nature do most of the work
Let me tell you about my first garden: I had moved into an apartment on Marshall Avenue in St. Paul some 30 years ago and was determined to grow tomatoes, just as my father did. So I picked a sunny spot in the back, took a breath, and thrust my shovel at the ground, only to have it bounce back up and nearly hit me in the teeth. I eventually found a soft spot next to the fence where the weeds had been growing unchecked and the leaves had been allowed to accumulate, and my two tomato plants grew happily there that summer. I’ve learned a few things since then, and continue to learn, of course, and I hope in the next few months to share some of my blunders and successes with you, and that you will find something both useful and interesting in them. I am convinced that gardening is often made to seem much too complicated, and that we would all enjoy our gardens more if we could just get a few elemental things down and let nature take care of the rest. So let’s consider the first element of gardening: earth.
Letting things rot
Here is the mantra of organic gardeners everywhere: