Page 13: Organic gardening is all about soil

HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - More and more people are discovering organic gardening. We visited Silver Oak Farm in Harrison County where Angi Broussard said her crops are blooming.

"The snap peas are coming in. We just finished with our squashes," said Broussard.

Angi Broussard grows a variety of organic produce thanks to fundamental things like water, glorious sunshine and special soil. Certified organic compost is made at an operation called Heaven's Best at Silver Oak Farm.

"With this compost, you'll have larger yields, fewer diseases and bugs. The soil is healthier and the plants are healthier," said Del Banowetz.

Del moved to South Mississippi from Iowa. He has been involved in farming his entire life. He knows the science of making certified organic compost. It's rich soil used by Broussard at Silver Oak. He also sells to gardeners in the area.

Del has a scientific approach to making compost. Banowetz also sprinkles in a little spirituality, channeling the beauty of Mother Nature.

"The plants are fed God's way," Banowetz said.

Broussard is sold on the compost.

"When you use organic compost, you are getting what a plant needs. That produces flavor," Angi said.

You can learn about organic gardening. Del and Angi teach classes hear at Silver Oak Farm in Harrison County. It's good for you and good for the environment.

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