How To Grow A Garden Without Fertilizer [a real-life example]

I never cease to be amazed by the very many different gardening systems mankind has invented.
The garden of Emilia Hazelip is an interesting example. It’s sort of a back-to-the-land meets science meets Masanobu Fukuoka:


One thing I’ve noticed: almost every gardener will tell you that their way of growing is the very best way to do it.

I won’t tell you that. Instead, I’ll tell you to get your hands dirty and your eyes open. I’ve tried everything from no-till to double-digging to deep mulching, square foot gardening to rototilling, no-irrigation to container gardening – and the one constant? Plants can handle a lot. Every method I’ve tried has taught me something. Some work better in one climate, some in another.

The very best garden is the one you plant. If you never try anything, you’ll never succeed. There are hundreds of great ideas in the video of Emilia’s garden… try a few for yourself and see what happens. You may not have luck with raised beds because your rainfall is too low. You may not pull off the “no fertilizing” thing (which wouldn’t surprise me). You might not like planting in straw.

But if you don’t try, you’ll never know. Keep experimenting.


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By David Goodman

About David Goodman

David Goodman is an amateur scientist and hard-core gardener who has grown his own food since 1984. At age five, he sprouted a bean in a Dixie cup of soil and caught the gardening bug. Soon after, his dad built an 8’ by 8’ plot for him and David hasn’t stopped growing since. David writes a regular column for Natural Awakenings magazine in North Central Florida, posts on the Mother Earth News blog, owns a nursery of hard-to-find tropical edibles ( and grows roughly 1.5 zillion plants on his one-acre homestead. In mid-2012, he launched as a place to share his ongoing experiments with tropical and temperate crops. He currently has over 20 intensive beds, multiple field plots, over 100 fruit trees, 50 chickens and ducks, and a series of ongoing experiments in-progress – all of which bring him closer each day to complete food security. David is a Christian, a husband, a father of six, a cigar-smoker and an unrepentant economics junkie. You can also read his articles on his site: Florida Survival Gardening




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