223. The Organic Mechanics Soil Company | Mark Highland the Organic Mechanic | Chester County, PA

Mark Highland the Organic Mechanic

The Green King? Haha! Can I call you that?

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Mark Highland the Organic Mechanic and author of  Practical Organic Gardening: The No-Nonsense Guide to Growing Naturally  is here to share his garden entrepreneurship journey today! Full of golden seeds you won’t want to miss this!

Practical Organic Gardening: The No-Nonsense Guide to Growing Naturally by Mark Highland The Organic Mechanic

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Welcome to the Organic Gardener Podcast today! It is Sunday February 11, 2018 and I have an awesome guest on the line and you’ve heard the prechat! 

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His name is Mark Highland and he has a business called the Organic Mechanic Potting Soil

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Now Let’s Get to the Root of Things!

Which activity is your least favorite activity to do in the garden?

Least favorite is weeding

  • definitely weeding got to be it for everyone
  • when your an organic gardener that’s pretty much hand weeding
  • being persistent take them out with a scuffle hoe
  • can knock out

everybody that get busy so you got to get in there and weed it, just do it

I’m not able to pop up and squat as fast fast as I used to so I gotta like take it easy, but thankfully we finally raised up the little gardeners! 6 year old can grab the little piles and that’s a little help.

You know what you were saying before about being in a cubicle, my theory is garden in the morning when it’s cool and then go into your computer and art work and stuff when it’s hot in the afternoon. For me it’s often hard to get there, but I like to get my exercise in in the morning.

What is your favorite activity to do in the garden.

Favorite activity would be planting

  • bulbs
  • plants
  • annual time of the year when you get to plant all the garlic that’s fun!
  • building something
  • I just did all that
  • now everything is planted good to go

What my wife and I call our garden walk. In the morning we get up and get out there early

We walk the line

lot of containers still

what’s blooming oh that’s cool you don’t want to miss it. Sometimes things are not always blooming… bloom season is short on things…

looking at the garden

  • scouting for pests
  • see some holes starting on the kale
  • gotta go pick the caterpillars larva
  • another way to be connected with your garden
  • being present in the garden
  • get to hear the birds chirping
  • connected with nature
  • Saturday morning out with your coffee
  • GOOD STUFF!

I totally agree!

What is the best gardening advice you have  ever received?

“if your not killing plants your not gardening”

I don’t get sad if I kill a plant

I wanna sink this plant in the ground there

if it flourishes

balance

how much light do I have

for this particular plant

a lot of us garden in less then ideal conditions

pick and choose that way

sink it in the ground

plagued with pests

plants out in full sun

A favorite tool that you like to use? If you had to move and could only take one tool with you what would it be.

My garden tool I can’t live without

hori hori

  • looks like a dagger
  • super sharp
  • have a hilt on the edge
  • safer for you using it
  • divide plants with them
  • dig out a dandelion
  • indestructible

pair of Felcos

good pruning saw

  • indispensable

A favorite recipe you like to cook from the garden?

  • definitely nothing like fresh snap peas
  • my dad grew those
  • loved them when they were little
  • cherry tomatoes for the kids as well
  • trying to instill this love of gardening and being outside
  • love their electronics
  • pick things off the vine and eat them

that’s a classic experience for me and my family!

Good for you, your kids are gonna treasure these moments forever!

A favorite in ternet resource?

there’s a couple of good ones

a whole page in the book

resources

ATTRA – National Center for Appropriate Technology

sustainable agriculture program

center

techniculture assistance

ATTRA .org

We are close to the Rodale Institute

started by JR Rodale

organic gardening mag

research farm

ever since it was

farming systems trial

proving had higher yields

more nutrient dense

I’m thinking I might put this episode up today and I want to put my interview with Paul Kita from men’s health up for Valentine’s Day this week since your so romantic with your wife and he’s got this new book called a Man, a Pan and a Plan. And that’s what inspired me I always wanted to work for Rodale Publishing in NYC cause they’re the ones that published Organic Gardening Magazine which is now Organic Life.

A favorite reading material-book, mag, blog/website etc you can recommend?

Well I have less and less time to read sadly these days

when I am reading

articles magazines I get

green profit

grower talks

if your in

independent garden centers

growing plant and nurseries

horticulture society

phenomenal organization

Philadelphia and beyond

magazine called grow

regionally that ones great

books that I was just finished reading

Jeff Lowenfeld

TeamingWithMicrobes

Teaming with microbes

Practical Organic Gardening: The No-Nonsense Guide to Growing Naturally by Mark Highland The Organic Mechanic

Practical Organic Gardening: The No-Nonsense Guide to Growing Naturally

The first chapter I try to lay out why I think organic gardening is important. It’s not necessarily a hippie manifesto, I’m trying to have real reasons why we as human beings

should be concerned

  • about our air
  • our water
  • our soil

We really need a total paradigm shift

So we’re thinking about what we’re doing so everyone can have healthy food  and drink water 100 years from now 500 years from now. 

I set that stage in easy to understand

simple goals

  • positively encourage environmental feed back loops.
  • They should build soil health and productivity
  • help absorb water and nutrients
  • producing fresh air for everyone

They’re not just vegetable gardens also ornamental plants

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Practical Organic Gardening: The No-Nonsense Guide to Growing Naturally by Mark Highland The Organic Mechanic

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