Saving mother earth, one plant at a time               


Principles of Good Gardening


We thought long and hard about our ultimate mission and it came down to this…we want to be the place for organic gardening advice where the tools are practical and the education you receive is thoughtful and accessible.


Let’s get down to the essentials:

Respect the Earth

Take care of Mother Earth so that all of us and all the generations to come can thrive and keep her in balance.  Every type of gardening can be productive, successful and more profitable without compromising the Earth's delicate eco-system with harmful chemicals.  Don't pollute! You are where the clean-up begins and ends.

Respect the Animals
Appreciate wildlife. All animals, from family pets to animals in the wild, deserve to be treated humanely. We recommend that you create an inviting space in your garden for butterflies, birds and other creatures. If you are concerned about wildlife coming too close to home, look for ways to coexist with animals or to protect your property humanely.

 Keep it Clean

Don’t permit debris to accumulate. Don't permit damaged or dying leaves to remain on your plants. Don't permit past-ripe food to remain on the ground or on the plant.  Keep up with your weeding. It’s good to remember the mantra ‘weed ‘em and reap.’  Aesthetics are important.  Don't allow tools, hoses, debris piles, or idle 'stuff' to sit around. 

Every five dollar plant needs a fifty dollar hole. I know that this sounds a little corny, but this is where it all begins.  You must take great care to provide the best environment you can for the food you grow. Your health depends on it.  And you'll get a whole lot more satisfaction when you ensure your success with good soil.   Further reading on the importance of soil .  Even further reading on the importance of soil.

Share your bounty

Here are a few websites that demonstrate some of the far-reaching results of 'sharing your bounty'.  You can start by being a good neighbor. Give the kids next door a few delectable yellow pear tomatoes to munch on.  Once you've crossed the threshold into overflowing bounty, you can open your hearts to the poor and the hungry like these folks:

Touch your garden
Plants are living things and respond to external stimulation.  This means groom and examine your plants often.  It even helps to talk to your plants!  While they probably can’t hear you, talking to your plants re-inforces your attention to your eco-system.  You're more likely to catch problems in their early stages this way.

Don't follow the beaten path

 Experiment with new varieties.  Try vegetables you've always had an aversion to.  Look at your neighbor's gardens and try out some of their good ideas.  Look for inventive ways to stake up floppy, uncontrollable vines.  Keep innovating, all the time! Be a part of this organic process.


  Now that you have been introduced to GARDENBEAR ORGANIC: Principles of Good Gardening, it’s time to get started in the garden.


As you explore our webite, you will soon notice that our mission is woven into everything we do. It is our goal to provide you with positive, progressive and inclusive directions to help you on your journey.  You will recognize and appreciate not only what you've done, but also what you will be doing for yourself and for everyone around you.


We love to hear from our readers, so keep in touch whether it’s a question, comment, picture or tip!


About Joe Hulse

For twenty years Joe has created and maintained expansive private residences in California, from the deserts of Palm Springs to lush Marin County and virtually every topography in between. A professionally trained horticulturist, Joe has introduced his clientele to organic edible gardening and cultivated a dedicated following that relies on his extensive knowledge of plant culture and pathology. Though it’s not all books and science with Joe, people seek out his rare and special ability of transforming the way you approach your own garden.


His lifetime love of gardening started at an early age, spending summers on his grandparent’s 180 acre farm in Though his connection to Mother Earth had already taken root, life had other plans for Joe. Many years later the passing of a dear friend pushed him to hang up his suit and tie for a life of soil, perennials and vegetables.  Joe enrolled in the New York Botanic Garden School of Horticulture.


During his studies Joe was awarded an apprenticeship on a historic, 55-acre estate in Greenwich, CT that would shape the rest of his life.  From weeding and planting, to grooming and propagation, greenhouse management to ultimately assuming the role of estate manager, Joe’s time on the estate was the culmination of a thorough horticultural education


Dr. Joe is excited to be a founder of Gardenbear Organic where he can share his philosophy, knowledge and love of organic gardening with all those who seek it.


Best in Show at the New York Flower Show - Whitney Estate, 1994

  • Best in Class Seed-Grown Primula Varieties - New York Flower Show, 1994
  • Gardens were twice featured in “Beyond the Garden Gate” tour of the Secret Gardens of Ross, CA  (1998 and 2003)
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