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Mulching Benefits All Year Long
February 25, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites In my dream world, every gardening season starts with a blank slate of properly prepared, weed-free beds just waiting to be planted. Of course, that’s not how …

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Phytoremediation Plants Used to Clean Contaminated Soil

Add to Favorites By Anita B. Stone – America’s priceless natural resource, land, has often been used as a natural, free dispose-all for toxic compounds. For many of us, it seemed …

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How to Revive Soil with Organic Gardening

Add to Favorites By Kay Wolfe Knowing how to revive soil and encourage beneficial microbial growth are keys to healthy produce. And it can be done with organic gardening. Organic …

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Unintended Consequences of Lawn Herbicides

Add to Favorites By Aleisha Djuricic, Wisconsin, Zone 5B Lawn herbicides don’t just kill weeds. All broadleaf plants can be damaged. My modest urban homestead is located a short distance from the …

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A Simple, DIY 3-Bin System for Composting Ingredients

Add to Favorites By Ralph Wilmhoff, Kentucky Composting ingredients are free, discarded from kitchens and gardens. But can you build a three-bin system for almost as cheap? We recently completed …

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How to Compost Leaves

Add to Favorites By Crow Miller – Do you know how to compost leaves? If you have trees on your property, chances are, you’re missing out on an opportunity to add a …

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How to Start Composting: You, Too, Can Be a Composting Fool

Add to Favorites By Lisa Jansen – I wanted to learn how to start composting, but I was skeptical the first time I tried it on my own. Could I really …

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When to Add Perlite Soil to Container Gardens
February 25, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites What in the world is perlite soil anyway? Is it organic? I do a lot of container gardening, especially with my herb plants. Since I try to …

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Fertilizer Numbers and the Basics of Fertilizing Vegetables
February 25, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites Fertilizer numbers are something that I learned about when I was a biology major in college. Both my chemistry and biology classes taught me the importance of …

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Soil Health: What Makes Good Soil?

Add to Favorites By John Hibma – What makes good soil? Virtually every person on this planet sooner or later comes in contact with earth and soil. Whether they are …

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Container Gardening with Succulents: Soil and Care Needed
February 25, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites Growing succulents is an easy and fun hobby that just requires succulent soil and a little knowledge about how to take care of plants in pots. Succulent …

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What is Soil Erosion?
February 25, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites What is soil erosion? You don’t find many homesteaders talking about it. If you research soil erosion, you’ll find information mostly aimed at commercial agricultural farmers, not …

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Improve Your Soil: Know How To Lay Mulch
February 25, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites Mulch, mulch, and then mulch some more. Knowing how to lay mulch is one of the greatest skills any gardener can have. Using organic mulch is how …

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Understanding Your Soil: How to Check Soil pH Level
February 25, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites Knowing how to check soil pH levels in your garden is the first step to having the healthiest soil you can produce. For most of us, especially …

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Homemade Barbecue Pits: A Fun Way to Fertilize Your Soil
February 25, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites An ancient concept, homemade barbecue pits incorporate three things: fire, the ground, and food. Today the same concept can be employed for emergency cooking or tender slow-roasted …

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