Episode 4: Peggy Jane Ousley | local nursery, organic gardener | Eureka, MT

Who or what inspired u to start using organic techniques?

Wouldn’t do it any other way.

How did you learn how to garden organically?


Tell us about something that grew well this year.


Is there something you would do different next year?

Dedicate more time to my own garden, I spend too much time taking care of other people’s gardens.

Tell me about something that didn’t work so well this season.



Do you have any secrets for preserving food-making it last? 

Freeze almost everything. Only cans some salsa and fruits.

Eating or harvesting vegetables or fruit on time? 

Have to go out at least every other day and keep on top of stuff

A favorite recipe you like to cook?

Garden Chowder – with zucchini, tomato, corn, with lots of milk and cheese in it. Very hardy garden soup.

A favorite tool that you like to use? If you had to move and could only take one tool with you what would it be.

Rototiller. Big and small. Doesn’t use deep beds. Likes to weed by hand with a trowel.

Likes to use grass clippings for mulch in the garden.

A favorite reading material-book, mag, blog/website etc you can 

Rodale Books excellent resource. Go To books.

Parting Advice

It’s important to make sure you know where your manure is coming from. The herbicide that the cows are eating lasts into the manure. Need to make sure you ask if they are feeding the cows “weed-free” hay because it can lead to stunted vegetables.

Also tip for growing potatoes, is that scab only grows in alkaline soil, so you need to add sulfur to soil to balance ph.



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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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