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.


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.


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.


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

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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The first time I got a recipe for amending the soil in my new raised garden bed, I followed the recipe and sprinkled it over the soil in the box. Then my husband used lumber scraps and built a second box. I didn’t bother amending it. I bought vegetables in the little 4-paks that year but had too much to fit in the one amended box. I decided to put a couple of each kind in the amended box and then, without even thinking that I was setting up a perfect control group, put the extra plants in the unamended box. The difference between the plants in the amended box was astounding! They were very tall and deep green and the vegetables produced there had much more taste. The photo is one leaf from a zucchini in the amended box in comparison to the zucchini plant in the unamended box. The other photo is the amended bed. Everyone who experienced my garden that summer is amending their soil!

Nancy, East Jorden, Michigan

Our gardens are growing really well since we started using your OrganiCalc method. I couldn’t be happier. I’m also spreading the word about this to our farmers market customers and community garden volunteers.

Jeff Scrimsher, PJ Farm, Saucier, Mississippi

I had a sick child at the time and found the root cause was vitamin/mineral deficiencies so the most effective and affordable way to correct this was to grow our own food since store-bought organic is still not mineralized to a persons need… Stumbled onto your book Intelligent Gardener in 2013 and have used and loved the results ever since. I have a passion to help people grow their own mineralized nutrient dense food unto healing their bodies and minds. I own and operate a small 20 share 1/2 acre CSA and an herbal consulting business. I am indebted to you and Steve for the knowledge, wisdom and passion you pour into growing. It has forever changed my life, my family’s life and hopefully everyone we meet. Thank you!!!

Teresa Sparks, Foundations Farm, Beulah, Michigan

I am always bragging about “the Intelligent Gardner” and how following your recommendations have transformed my produce into incredibly nutrient dense food! People rave about our greens and claim to have never eaten such great, tasty and long lasting greens!!! I am bragging, but I give you guys so much of the credit!!!

Nadine Pasay, Winlaw, British Columbia

We just moved to a new farm with a large garden that hadn’t been used in years. We did a soil test, entered the data into your program, made up the mixture and planted. We got results like we’ve never, ever had before. Tomatoes, artichokes, peppers, onions, squash and 2 crops of carrots! The garden here is only a kilometer from the old garden we’d been using for 23 years (which I only added compost, greensand and rock phosphate cause that’s all I knew) so the soil should be quite close in make up. Pretty sure the soil test and amendment mixture worked like magic. Thanks…

Kenny Foot, Nelson, British Columbia

I’m quite thrilled with our soil results this year – it was in pretty abysmal shape 2 years ago, but we have worked hard with remineralization to get it to where it is. We’ve brought our pH up from 5.5 to the current 6.2. I think our biggest change was calcium – we had a huge deficit the first year and now it seems to be pretty balanced. We can tell a huge difference in how well it has loosened up our clay. We are mineral converts for sure!

Heidi Nawrocki, Lumberport, West Virginia

So many Quadra (and Cortes) Islanders have much more productive gardens thanks to Organicalc and your hard work. Now some of us are getting into remineralizing our orchards, and the results have been spectacular so far. We’ve very, very thankful to you!

Ryan Nassichuk, Quadra Island, British Columbia

I’m hopeful that as time goes by, and people see the results, that more of our local Tarahumara (Copper Canyon, Mexico) farmers will begin soil testing. Last year I used the Organicalc recommendations, to plan my fertilizer application and got the best corn harvest anyone remembers off of one of my fields. The yield was 2,200 Kg/Ha and in years past with the former owner it had been less than 300 kg/ha using the same open pollinated local seed. The locals are having trouble believing that it was the fertilizer and seed spacing that made the change. I planted an 18,000 plants/acre population and the norm here is about 25,000 – 30,000 plants/acre. My job here is to attack the problem of chronic malnutrition. After nearly 11 years of observation and relationship with the local farmers I think the best way to attack this is to help them grow a sufficient number of calories and do all that I can to make their harvest as nutrient dense as possible…

Andrew Bornman, Copper Canyon, Mexico

Thanks Erica. This is either the third or fourth year of using organicalc on this particular spot. I have been very pleased with the results. I had a great garden this year with a super harvest and used no supplemental fertilizers on the bulk of it other than the initial recommendation. I do give my competition giant veggies supplemental feeds, but that’s a whole different playing field. I grew seven “giant” cabbages this year and entered the largest in our Alaska State Fair. Five of the seven went more than 50 pounds. I credit most of the success to Organicalc and having a balanced soil to begin the gardening season with.

Thanks for providing such a valuable service.

Walter Chastain, Alaska, USA

Thanks, Erica. Great service! We make a blend of soil and compost that we’ve amped up with your recommendations and it’s working really well for our customers here in New Hampshire.

Mike Lombard, New Hampshire, USA

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

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