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p>Cindy Conner, 2008, 66 minute DVD

SECTION: Compost and Soil Fertility,

"I recommend Cindy Conner's video, it is well done... in addition, the video technique is very well done." - John Jeavons

The way to a healthy garden is to feed the soil and build the ecosystem. Growing cover crops and compost crops in your garden will help you do just that and set you on the path to sustainability. Watch through the seasons as the crops come to maturity and are either cut as mulch in the beds they are grown in, or cut as food for the compost pile. This video demonstrates how to manage cover crops and compost crops using only hand tools. Watch through the seasons as the crops come to maturity and are either cut as mulch in the beds they were grown in, or cut as food for the compost pile. Using these methods you also reap the benefits of the biomass of the huge amount of roots left in the bed when the mulch and compost crops are grown there. Growing them to maturity allows seed to be saved for next year, while attracting beneficial insects that help with pest control. Timing and crop choices are of ultimate importance for successful results. Whether you are gardening on a small or large scale, this video will give you information and ideas to help you develop your own sustainable garden.

A very hands-on and practical video. Cindy takes you through the whole growing year. She makes quite clear the whole process of preparing the beds and the developmental stages the beds go through, including crop rotation. She takes you through the whole mulching process- at maturity the cover crops are either cut as mulch in the beds they were grown in, or cut as food for the compost pile. Watching the whole season is very educational and an essential part of learning GrowBiointensive gardening.

Many good tips on harvesting and preserving your harvest as well. She carefully explains the "whys" and visually demonstrates the circumstances that govern what you do and when, thus allowing you to adapt your new knowledge to your own particular garden and climate. Everyone at BG who has watched this DVD had at least one "aha" moment.

Cindy Conner is a certified Grow Biointensive Sustainable Mini-Farming Teacher and a sustainable agriculture college instructor. She teaches sustainable gardening in Virginia

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