Welcome to Grow Abundant Gardens!
You can grow food that is fresh, vital, delicious and nutrient dense. Healthy, delicious food begins in the soil with the proper balance of mineral nutrients and soil biology. Our mission at Grow Abundant Gardens is to provide you with the information and tools to safely remineralize your soil, taking into account your unique circumstances. We recommend only life affirming, organic methods. Namaste.

The hows and whys of growing nutrient dense food

Remineralize for nutrient density

The best soils for growing plants include about 25% air, 25% water and 5% organic matter and just a few percent living beings.. The bulk of the soil, about 45%, is minerals, the foundation of the Earth.

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You are what your food eats

Unfortunately the nutritional value of our food has followed the declining fertility of our soils. Everywhere are painful statistics around our declining health as a people, while at the same time our food has turned to junk.

It doesn’t have to be this way.

Today we have the tools and knowledge to work with nature to remineralize and replenish our soils and our food.

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Where do I start?

All growing is local. Understand what is going on in your soil, with your conditions.
An inexpensive soil test will tell you what minerals are present in your soil and in what quantities, along with the capacity of your soil to hold these minerals. It will also tell you the amount of organic matter present in your soil.

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IntellGardenerSee our book:

The Intelligent Gardener: Growing Nutrient Dense Food by Steve Solomon with Erica Reinheimer

“The Intelligent Gardener demystifies the process of re-mineralising the soil.” Book review by permaculture.co.uk

If it isn’t in the soil, it isn’t in your food.
If it isn’t in your food, it isn’t in you.

Since its inception industrial agriculture has been focused on production of the highest yields — the highest volume or weight of product — for the lowest input cost. At the same time, they have largely ignored nutrition in their products. Testing shows that there is a huge variation in the vitamin and mineral content of foodstuffs, regardless of variety, depending on where and how they were grown and harvested.

Much of today’s commercial agriculture uses the “sufficiency level of available nutrients” (SLAN) approach to fertilization, adding just enough nutrients to grow the crop. This approach mines the soil of nutrients and organic matter. Just as junk food can produce large people with poor health the industrially grown crops may be large but they lack flavor and nutrition, and they lack vitality. The flavor, nutrition and vitality of our food is what builds our own health and vitality.

It is no wonder that we are sick and overweight. We have managed our food supplies to be sick and overweight.

Our work builds on the work of Dr. William Albrecht, Chair of the department of Soil Science at the University of Missouri from the 1930’s to the 1950’s, who made the connection between soil fertility and human health and who led one of the last institutional research programs to determine the optimum soil fertility for human health.

A declining soil fertility, due to a lack of organic material, major elements, and trace minerals, is responsible for poor crops and in turn for pathological conditions in animals fed deficient foods from such soils, and mankind is no exception.

Dr. William Albrecht, President of the Soil Science Society, in the 1938 Yearbook of Agriculture (emphasis added)

The situation in agriculture is becoming critical. GMO foods with built-in resistance to pesticides and herbicides ensure that pesticides and herbicides are in those foodstuffs and everything that eats them. Climate change is playing havoc with the weather. Agribusiness giants are attempting to control as much of the food supply as possible, operating with the intent to return profits to shareholders.

The good news is that there is a new generation of farmers and gardeners who are committed to growing food in a way that enhances the life and health of their entire community. They are serious about figuring out what works. These are the people who will take agriculture to a new level. These are the people we are here to support.


Life… from the ground up

Cody and Kiva
Getting dirty is what we do. We love the soil and it loves us back.
The warm Earth feels as good on the young roots as it does between our toes.
We started on our hands and knees, worming our way through the dirt in search of that perfect plot.

We learned from family that if we loved the soil it would love us back.
Cultivating the Earth we determined it’s needs; the most basic elements of life were all it required.
Giving these minerals back to the soil, we gave our seeds a home.

Our gardens thanked us as they swayed colorfully in the breeze and sunlight.
We couldn’t wait to take that first bite; picking that first tomato, that first head of lettuce.
Fresh fruits widened our eyes as they danced across our palettes; our efforts repaid in flavor through labor.
We dug right in.

Life. From the ground up.

Grow Abundant Gardens
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Who We Are

Alice and Erica-1
We are people with a passion for growing and eating our own food. We’ve been gardening for over 30 years, and we are both the children of great gardeners and garden designers. Erica is the soil specialist (on the right) and Alice is the programmer and web mistress. Our handsome son and beautiful granddaughter grace the black and white photo above. We are so grateful to be able to do this.

We are members of the Soil Analyst Cooperative

The Soil Analyst Cooperative is a worldwide group of people who are dedicated to enabling people to grow nutrient dense food. Check out the cooperative’s web site, http://soilanalyst.org/, for more details.

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Testimonials

Testimonials

Your site and calculator and recommendations are brilliant – You guys have made my garden and the food it produces into an amazing experience. A M A Z I N G. The produce tastes like it used to when I was a kid….I just thought my taste buds were wearing down, age, etc. But it turns out, with testing and your amendment recommendations, it is all back in place!

What a gift.

I continue to try to read and learn more along the way, but if I can’t get to it, the garden still produces copiously thanks to you two – and Mr Soloman –

Thank you so very much.

Connie Granberg, Washington, USA

You have been generous with your time and knowledge, thanks again for your input. I really appreciate the work you do. It has greatly improved my farm!

Dan Gagnon, Broadfork Farm, Virginia, USA

Just wanted to tell you the results of my ‘new improved’ veg garden after your advice…EUREKA! In 30 odd years of gardening I have never experienced healthier veges. Not a bug or disease anywhere, my tomato crop (6 strains) is still going strong. Thank you. This was also done with minimal composting.

Jonathan Mills, Tasmania

I am teaching a soils class tomorrow and will again be showing the class your OrganiCalc website. I really enjoy it and have had great results in my own gardens. Thanks again.

Don Marshall CPH, ISA Certified Environmental Horticulture Instructor, Lake Washington Institute of Technology, Kirkland WA

We had our best garden ever last year and found that the quality of the vegetables was much improved. It is the first year we have re-mineralized the soil and it seems to have made the difference. Next spring we will take fresh soil samples and add what is required.
I encouraged, helped and analyzed soil for several of my neighbours and they are pleased with the results. Generally, your book and efforts have been very supportive and have expanded our knowledge of growing healthy gardens.

Paul Puddy, Quadra Island, BC, Canada

I am a soil scientist (for 34 years). However, my specialty is field mapping of soils, not soil fertility. I have been very pleased with your on-line calculation program. It makes everything so quick and easy.

Cynthia Rabinowitz, Connecticut, USA

I used organicalc recommendations this past gardening season and am very pleased with my results. I was able to grow a variety of veggies in this spot where I was unable to grow anything but potato’s before due to the pH. Everything I grew did wonderfully, grew pretty big and tasted great.

Walter Chastain, Wasilla Alaska, USA

I’ve posted to this group in the past to mention how remarkable my garden is this year, after reading ‘The Intelligent Gardener,’ getting a soil analysis, and remineralizing as called for (I mineralized two years ago). The flavor of the food is noticeably better, insect damage is pretty much non existent, and everything I’m growing this year is doing very well. The exception being some tomato plants that are just starting to get blight, but it has been a very wet and cold growing season in upstate NY, USA.
Soil remineralization truly is the “missing link” in the quest to successfully grow wholesome food in a home garden. Thank you, Steve and Erica!
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Herrick Kimball, upstate NY, USA

The Grow Abundant OrganiCalc worksheet is both powerful and easy to use, and the results I’ve had using it on my farm have been nothing short of spectacular. Erica has opened up the world science-based remineralization to everyday gardeners and farmers, and has allowed us to take control of the health of our soils.
http://www.ryansgarden.com/

Ryan Nassichuk, Quadra Island, British Columbia

Nutrient dense food

I’ve had a great experience with the calculator, both for creating my own soil blends and for helping a handful of friends. I’ve been able to improve results drastically in my home garden, which may have been a bit out of whack for a few reasons – including sourcing bad ‘raised bed soil mix’.
I’ve really enjoyed watching your site evolve – it is looking fantastic.
http://jennygrows.com

Jenny, Vermont, USA

Amazing turnip

We had an excellent garden last year and this year is off to a good start. I appreciate the work that you do and am constantly publicizing it to our Grange Gardener’s Network on Lummi Island.

Randy, Lummi Island, Washington, USA

Brocolli with OrganiCalc
Vibrant peas

Hi Erica – I don’t know that my feedback will be very useful yet, as I’ve only used Organicalc for the first time this year. However, I will say that the broccoli, peas, and fava beans I planted in the 100 s.f. plot I used Organicalc for are doing amazing! They’re super green, showing absolutely no signs of disease so far, and are growing really fast! We’ll see how it goes as the season continues but atm I’m very impressed and satisfied!

Mike, Ohio, USA

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