14 | January 25, 2018 | Malibu surfside news Sound Off malibusurfsidenews.com Don’t Panic, It’s Organic Essential tips for successful organic gardening Andy Lopez Contributing Columnist Invisible Gardener I was recently asked to give 10 growing tips for a beautiful property and garden. So, here it is. • Tip 1: Protect and nourish living topsoil on your property. The living soil is what everything needs to grow. We would starve if we could not eat what we grow or eat other things that consume what rises from the Earth. Healthy soil is essential to have healthy plants. This is ongoing. The Earth is getting more and more polluted, and so is the land. Do what is right for the soil. • Tip 2: Control and make the best use of the water you have. Overwatering the soil is destroying the soil’s natural microbial balance. The plants need the good guys instead of the bad guys. The good guys provide minerals for the plants. The bad guys are diseases waiting for the right conditions to become active. • Tip 3: Gather the minerals your topsoil needs. Trace mineral deficiency leads to more pests which in turn leads to more diseases. By providing a blend of rock dust to either the soil or in the composting process, you will ensure an abundance of trace minerals that the microbes will be able to convert to minerals the plants can use. Remember, high Brix levels mean high mineral levels. You can have a high Brix and still get pests if you do not make sure you are providing a blend of minerals. A high Brix level can be caused by one particular mineral being really high while missing an essential trace mineral. • Tip 4: Apply the proper mulch. I always say to use azalea/gardenia mix. This is really not a mulch but a soil (a blend of aged wood and earthworm castings). It is an acid mulch and perfect for us here in Malibu as it keeps the soil pH down as well as provides the soil protection and humus. • Tip 5: Use an organic fertilizer. An organic fertilizer also comes with microbial life and a variety of trace mineral sources. Some even come with rock dust as well. I would look at a product called Fertrell. It has been around for many years. It is a blend of various natural trace mineral sources. There are many such products on the internet. Our local nursery sells organic fertilizers as well as trace mineral blends and many organic liquid fertilizers. • Tip 6: Conduct foliar sprayings. Plants eat in many ways, and one way is through their leaves. Ensure that your property and all the Malibu Glass & Mirror 310.456.1844 Come visit our showroom Windows and Doors Showers and MIrrors Railings and Skylights Screens and Glass Repair Additional Services www.malibuglass.com fax: 310.456.2594 3547 Winter Canyon, Malibu CA 90265 Licensed Contractor #396181 plants, trees, flowers, lawns, roses, etc. will get the minerals they need by spraying their leaves with compost tea, earthworm castings tea, or rock dust tea, to name a few. I make my own teas. Milk, for example, is mostly calcium. One cup of milk in 9 cups of water will provide plants with much-needed calcium. Roses and tomatoes go nuts over it. They especially like organic coffee, organic cream and organic molasses! In 1 gallon of coffee (make it like you are making it for yourself, except make a gallon of it), add 1/2 cream or milk and one tablespoon granny smith’s organic molasses. Stir and allow it to sit for a few hours and spray the leaves of the plants. This works really well for most diseases. • Tip 7: Use correctlyproduced compost. This is probably the single most important tip I can offer. Making compost is an art, and one that takes time to develop. If you make compost that is alive, everyone will want it too. Store-bought compost is not live and doesn’t have the microbial life. Look for local sources of compost. Ask them what they add to their compost. Do they add rock dust? What type of animal manures do they use? Live compost equals live soil. • Tip 8: Keep the soil alive by adding microbial life. Go to our local nursery. Ask which of their organic fertilizers are most microbial rich. Buy that. You can also look it up and pick from the many products on the market today. I make my own from the many sources and blend them. • Tip 9: Plant the right type of plants for your area. Plants that are planted in the wrong locations and in wrong parts of the world will not do well and will always get pests and diseases. They are used to particular microbial life only found in that part of the world where they live. Even with vegetables, they will grow better in the part of the world they usually are found. • Tip 10: Know the right times for the right plants. Plants require proper planting dates to be happy. Know your warm weather plants and your cold weather plants. For example, tomatoes do not do well during winter unless you are growing cherry tomatoes which will produce year round. OK, maybe just one extra tip: Do not use any chemical fertilizer, pesticide, herbicide, fungicide, etc. Your property will do much better and love you for it. You will also not be poisoning yourself and your family. I often think about the law of attraction. So I attract a healthy, organic property. I attract healthy, organic fruit trees and roses. I attract healthy lawns. In turn, they attract happiness and peace to my family and me. Any questions? Email me at andylopez@invisiblegardener. com.
malibusurfsidenews.com Sound Off Malibu surfside news | January 25, 2018 | 15 Social snapshot Top Web Stories from MalibuSurfsideNews.com as of Monday, Jan. 22: 1. In Memoriam: Daniel Atticus Anderson 2. CWC unveils new marine mammal facility backed by Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation 3. Breaking News: Police investigating sexual battery allegation against Seal 4. Hair adds fresh style to Trancas Country Market 5. Pair of Malibu artists on display at Topanga Canyon Gallery Become a member: malibusurfsidenews.com Boys & Girls Club of Malibu posted Jan. 15: “This summer, four of our teens, Josue Garcia, Travis Springer, Kelly Alvarez, and Amy Jimenez, have the opportunity to travel to the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Africa to complete a service project. Each of these four youth is a leader in their school, home and Club communities. Support their journey by making a donation today! 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From there, Sanoja developed an interest in selfhelp and personal development books, citing Don Miguel Ruiz (“The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Freedom”) and Marianne Williamson (“A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of a Course in Miracles”) as his inspirations. “Being a teacher of these subjects that we don’t learn in school brought more meaning and purpose to my life,” Sanoja said. “I hope people can relate to these books and know that they are not alone with what they have endured on their trail.” Education, hence the desire for two separate districts. And, with conflict of interest allegations coming to light recently, the public’s opinion of some members of the board doesn’t exactly appear to be headed in the right direction. This past week, the board took one step in bringing the public into the fold, but there’s still plenty that hasn’t been said, particularly when it comes to Maria Leon- Vazquez, who remained silent on the matter at the Jan. 18 meeting (read the story on Page 3). Aside from being a writer and author, Sanoja works as an operations manager for Prudential Financial and is the director of operations and on the board of directors for the Young Investors Society. He graduated from the University of Southern California in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in music, with an emphasis in vocal arts and opera. He participated in opera tours throughout France and in New York City before returning to Southern California to pursue his business aspirations. Sanoja is currently enrolled in the Master of Business Administration program at Pepperdine University. He is to graduate on his birthday in 2019. From there, he plans to grow the Enlightened Awakening brand and continue to be an inspiring father to his son, Leo, and daughter, Marin. “I am very passionate about my brand and I will see where the path takes me,” Sanoja said. Sanoja said his father would be proud of his writing accomplishments. “My dad was a man of While the public’s comments at this past meeting were sparse and fairly tame, I think there are a lot of eyes on this matter and how it’s being handled. Plus, Malibu’s lone board member spoke about the public’s notso-positive views of the board, and noted that it may be a good time for Leon-Vazquez to retire. Other board members were quick to point out there was no proof of wrongdoing. Proof or not, the facts that have been presented don’t look entirely favorable, and silence only leaves room for someone else to draw conclusions and create the noise. Being able to trust in and have open conversations with our public officials is pivotal. And when that trust is in question is when an open dialogue becomes most necessary. And while the board is striving to do better in the future, the past will not be ignored, particularly if the public remains in the dark. There’s still quite a bit of explaining to do. Hopefully, that explanation will come soon. very few words, but very emotional,” Sanoja said. “He would be happy and would have been able to relate to a lot of things that I wrote about.” For more on Enlightened Awakening, visit www.en lightened-awakening.com. Malibu Surfside News Sound Off Policy Editorials and columns are the opinions of the author. Pieces from 22nd Century Media are the thoughts of the company as a whole. Malibu Surfside News encourages readers to write letters to Sound Off. All letters must be signed, and names and hometowns will be published. We also ask that writers include their address and phone number for verification, not publication. Letters should be limited to 400 words. 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