Patti Armbrister at Mike’s Green Garden with the GREEN Organic Garden Podcast | Fortine, MT


Apple Tree Pruning Lesson 2

This one’s crossing this so we want to get rid of this? And get rid of this too? If they are all crossing and getting in trouble yes. In the winter when you start cutting them out, cut the biggest problem one first and think how do I open it up so everyone get’s photosynthesis?

The 3 Foot Rule of Fruit Tree Pruning

Pear Tree Pruning Video 1

Apple Tree Pruning Lesson 2 with Patti Armbrister the Wise Grower Guru at Mike’s Green Garden with Jackie Marie Beyer host of the GREEN Organic Garden Podcast

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In the MiniFarm:

Potatoes look fantastic! More mulch you got! Look really nice and healthy!


Yeah and when the mulch decomposes by the end of the year it turns into compost. You’re making compost down below here, improving the soil, microbes and worms all that increases having that mulch on there plus no weeds right because the weeds need sun to germinate. We’ve never had this many potatoes before. They’ll be a good product to have! When the peas come out, put in something for the fall.

Start broccoli seeds in July indoors for fall harvest.

Plant broccoli inside on the fourth of July. Or sprinkle on the ground and see when Mother Nature will bring them up.

Soil Food Web Explained by Wise Grower Guru Patti Armbrister

They eat root exudates from the plant doing photosynthesis it’s leaking sugars and carbohydrates out to the soil food web and they love it just like we love watermelons!


Then the plant dies in the fall, there’s no more food from the plant, now the roots are there, if the gardener doesn’t pull the roots, it’s aerating it’s biology feeding the soil. If you take the root out and the plant, you’re taking out two exudates. We want the flower to stay on the ground all winter long. If your microbes are alive and working they’ve ate it and it’s gone in the spring.

What are they gonna eat next? The weeds?

Organic material.

It’s like they’re eating your bank account. What you desperately want

they’re eating your soil microbes. Every single time you have soil exposed. You want to have it covered up as much as you possible can.


  • soil covered
  • live root in the ground
  • planting diversity
  • reduce the disturbance

Cover with mulch

Cover with wood chips

Do their best compost in the winter.

Microathropod is shredding them.

About the author, Jackie Marie

I'm an artist and educator. I live at the "Organic Oasis" with my husband Mike where we practice earth friendly techniques in our garden nestled in the mountains of Montana.

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