Living in Harmony with Nature and teaching others to garden the natural (organic) way, with emphasis on practices that lead to NUTRIENT DENSE produce!

Harmony Gardens

Harmony Gardens
Bey Home designed by Stitt Energy Systems, Inc. 2002

Welcome To Our Site

Our intent is simple: to provide useful information on gardening, health and sustainability issues. We will include class and meeting announcements, gardening information, and book reviews. The articles that Calvin writes for Garden Thyme, the Master Gardener Newsletter will be included. We will try to make this site easy to use and relevant.

About Me

My photo
Fayetteville, Arkansas, United States
Harmony Gardens is the home of Calvin and Doris Bey. As the name implies our goal is to live in harmony with the Laws of Nature. We are concerned about the environment, energy efficiency, organic gardening, alternative health, and sustainability issues. We love our Stitt Energy Systems Inc. energy efficient home, which received a First Place NAHB National Award for 2003. Calvin is a retired USDA Forest Service scientist. Each year he teaches classes in Organic Gardening in February and March and again in September. Doris is a retired RN. Calvin and Doris have put their energy efficient house up for sale (by owner). See first post for description, pictures, and house design.

February 21, 2016

Organic Gardening and More
 The Hidden Half of Nature
Calvin F. Bey         

The Hidden Half of Nature, the Microbial Roots of Life and Health, 2016, by David R. Montgomery, PhD,  and Ann Bikle is a book about our tangled relationship with microbes.  The authors make it clear -- for people and for plants -- “good health depends on Earth’s smallest creatures.” 

The book is an interesting read.  It shows how   a geomorphologist and a biologist, who knew almost nothing about what lived in the soil, discovered the new world of soil biology through their backyard gardening experience.  They were impressed how quickly their bleak back yard was transformed in to a “flourishing Eden” simply by adding organic matter. 

They didn’t stop with just understanding the soil food web, they studied and then described the hidden half of nature that lives in our bodies, and how important it is to maintaining good health.  The similarities of microbial action in the soil and our gut is well understood, but often ignored by the ways we treat our soils and our digestive systems. 

It seems so easy and clear.  If our goal is healthy soil and healthy bodies, then we ought to avoid anything that destroys the microbes.  Many gardeners understand this and stick to using only products that are natural and non-toxic.  Sadly, other gardeners and a great proportion of the commercial farmers elect to take a different path.  Its one of the reasons so much of our topsoil is still eroding and ending up in the Gulf.   David R. Montgomery, in a previous book, Dirt - The Erosion of Civilizations, describes how our farming practices have led to soil deterioration and erosion.

The authors go further to say that human health is likely tied to the health of the soils.  Yes, we are what we eat, but more precisley we are what our microbes eat. 

In the organic gardening classes that I teach (next one March 19), I spend a lot of time on soils, microbes, and how proper plant nutrition can lead to healthy plants, i.e. plants that are immune to insects and disease. 

For many, the joy of gardening comes from marveling at the complexity and majesty of nature.  Digging into the hidden half of nature might just be the most intriguing adventure ever.   I encourage you to get educated and share.   Many in the general public know nothing about  the “hidden half of nature.”  As gardeners, we can be the messengers.


Đẩu Anh said...

Dịch vụ vận chuyển gửi hàng từ việt nam tới Lôn-đôn giá rẻ
Công ty vận chuyển ship hàng từ việt nam tới Anh chi phí thấp
Dich vu chuyên ship hang tư viêt nam tơi Lôn-đôn

Eugene said...

Preparation is the key to any successful garden decor crafting project. A few glass blowing intrinsic things to remember include making sure that you can reach all of your tools without setting the materials down.

Unknown said...

Thanks for sharing such beautiful information with us and I hope you will share some more info about Garden Management
Garden Management

Garden 2007

Garden 2007
Heirloom "Country Gentleman" Corn