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Earthworms in the Garden

April 12th, 2009 · 2 Comments · Book Reviews, Composting & Fertilizers, Food Gardening, Soil, Vegetable Gardening

Earthworms in the garden are one of the best indicators of soil health and vitality.  They are the original recyclers, turning garden waste, grass clippings and even sand into food for your plants.  These little wrigglers ingest their own weight daily and expel nutrient and mineral rich castings which will keep everything from carrots to […]

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Soil – the Heart of Your Garden

March 15th, 2009 · 4 Comments · Composting & Fertilizers, Food Gardening, Plant Diseases, Soil, Vegetable Gardening

Here’s the number one rule for growing a successful garden –  Feed the soil, not the plants.  Take a look at the natural growth around you – trees, shrubs, grasses, wildflowers – all the nutrients they need for health and vigorous growth are in the soil. 

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How to Start a Vegetable Garden the Easy Way

March 2nd, 2009 · 4 Comments · Composting & Fertilizers, DIY Projects & Tool Talk, Irrigation, Landscape Design, Vegetable Gardening

I’ve distilled many years of vegetable gardening experience into a few easy steps.  Follow the directions below and you’ll be knee-deep in yummy veggies before you know it! Location – Choose a spot with at least six hours of sunlight and access to water. Method – Decide on in-ground or above-ground.

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How to Care For a Vegetable Garden

March 2nd, 2009 · No Comments · Composting & Fertilizers, Insects, Irrigation, Plant Diseases, Vegetable Gardening

Irrigation – Make sure you understand the watering needs of each crop you’re growing.  Watering at root level is the best method of irrigation because it prevent rot problems and saves a huge amount of water.  Lay soaker hoses or drip lines when creating your garden or add them later.

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Vegetable Garden Tips & Tricks

March 2nd, 2009 · No Comments · Composting & Fertilizers, Container gardening, Insects, Landscape Design, Plant Diseases, Vegetable Gardening

Thinning – Many vegetables must be thinned to be productive.  Thinning simply means removing seedlings so the remaining ones have room to grow.  Carrots are number one on this list.  No matter how careful you are when seeding, too many carrot plants will pop up.  Take the time to carefully pull the extras until each […]

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