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No-till Gardening: Sustainable Alternative to the Rototiller
A recent innovation is the use of living mulches where the crop is planted together with a cover crop selected to surpress weeds. The thicker the mulch, the greater was the deterrent to weeds.
California
El Segundo
Cooperative Extension, Your Gateway to Knowledge
These are especially helpful when looking for hands on information such as pruning or other similar activities. Many of the bulletins can be downloaded at no charge. Master Gardeners are a great bunch of folks who have a lot to give and ask nothing in...
California
El Segundo
The Best Veggie Garden $1 Can Buy
Not just "good" vegetables, but "any" vegetables. Surely they had to have a pile of manure free for the taking.I found all the manure I could have, free for the hauling.Mind you this was in January, so I had some time to let the manure age while I waited...
California
El Segundo
Teach a Child To Garden...They will Grow for Life
I instructed them to check the moisture everyday and do not let it go dry.Upon my return I was immediately informed 100% rooting success and we are ready to pot them up.I constructed a small light stand using a fluorescent light as a grow light stand.For...
California
El Segundo
Great Soil, Great Gardens
So many of us take it for granted; but how much do we really know about our soil? The heat in a compost pile will kill any weed seeds and break down the nitrogen than tends to burn plants.Many cities and towns are making compost available to residents.I...
California
El Segundo
Gardening Through Grief, Stress & Depression
There will be issues to contend with for a while, but the major stress is over. That gave me more exercise, fresh air, sunshine, and helped me sleep better. My father became ill this past spring, and there were endless trips to my hometown to help out,...
California
El Segundo
4 Reasons to Pay Attention to Soil pH
When trying to grow a lot of food in a small space , every little bit counts. Anything above 7.0 is alkaline. Plants which have evolved under such soil conditions often have developed mechanisms to deal with this issue.” In essence, without proper pH,...
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
4 Chemicals that Could Be Killing Your Soil
One of the biggest mistakes that we make in gardening is to rely solely on a bag of fertilizer that only tells us the N-P-K ratio. It's impossible for plants to make up their bodies with minerals they cannot access.
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Soil pH
Clay soils tend to hold onto magnesium so more often than not, calcitic lime is the more appropriate choice for clay soils and dolomitic lime for sandy soils. In a nutshell, the pH is the comparative measure of hydrogen and hydroxide ions present.
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
3 Red Flags In Your Soil Test
Organic Matter Organic matter is the food of the soil, and it's measured by percentage. For that reason, as you dig in, consider trying more comprehensive tests over time from private labs.
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Repurpose These 3 Waste Products For Building Garden Soil
It can be applied year-round, but don't spread it on a windy or rainy day. Resolve to make your life easier through better use of household waste products: Turn them into garden resources instead.
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
5 Steps To Healthier Garden Soil
But it's also a great way to check your progress, so over the years, as you amend and grow, you can see through a soil test how well you're doing. Use the following five steps to make sure your garden soil is healthy.
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
5 Cover Crops Good For Your Health And The Soil
Before red clover can begin to do its work, it requires rhizobia, a specific strain of soil bacteria, to be present. All parts of the oat plant are useful to humans, and they're high in minerals, namely calcium, chromium, magnesium, silicon, sodium, and...
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
How Do Roots Pull Nutrition Out of the Soil?
Fortunately, the mycorrhizal fungi produce acids and enzymes to dissolve it, providing plants with the necessary phosphorus. This fall my soil test came back with a whopping 17 percent organic matter from all of that great composted chicken manure.
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
6 Homemade Potting Soil Recipes
Peat-Soil Combination Mix 2 parts vermiculite 3 parts sphagnum peat moss 2 parts perlite 2 parts dehydrated manure 3 parts garden soil 1/2 part bone meal 5. You can ensure healthy plants by taking control over the soil used to grow them.
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Why is Soil Great for Plants? The Answer Isn\'t As Obvious As You\'d Think
Plants that are adapted to wet conditions, such as rice, have special tubes inside the stem that carry air down to the roots so that the roots don't need to get air from the outside.
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
3 Mulches Perfect For Clay Soil
Also, plants overwintered in clay soil are less likely to heave out of the ground. However, you don't need to work about this as much with larger particles, like wood chips. Hulls/Shells A number of mulches on the market are made from the hulls or shells...
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
7 Creative Ways to Balance Excess Soil Nutrients
If you are hoping to retain nutrients in the soil over winter, you could sow daikon radishes, aka oil-seed radishes, which will not only break up compaction but hold those nutrients over until the next growing season.
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
4 New Uses For Old Potting Soil
Leaving them full of potting soil and exposed to the damaging freeze-thaw cycles of winter almost always results in cracked terra cotta come spring. Host A Plant Swap In years past, I saved a few garbage bags full of my used potting soil every fall and...
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Soil Sifters
There are a whole lot of rocks in the soil where I'm building my garden. To clean up the dirt, I pass it through my big green sifter. Two of my favorite tools are my soil sifters. At the interview I ended up getting down on my hands and knees and begging...
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Foliar Feed Vs. Soil Amendment—Which Fertilizer Is Better?
Sometimes your garden soil isn't yet mature enough to support heavy-feeding crops; sometimes you grow demanding crops back-to-back, which is quite common in a home garden; and sometimes specific crops just need a little more of certain minerals.
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
How Do I ... Build Raised Beds
Pick up a copy at your local newsstand or tack and feed store. Both of these woods have a natural resistance to rot and decay, which is imperative since they will be filled with dirt and water for their entire useful lives.
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Soil Test Basics: Why and How to Take a Soil Test
In a few weeks, you'll get the results back in the mail . These results will not only include the data discovered during the test, it will also include actions you can take to correct any deficiencies or nutrient excesses.
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Building with Bottles
Luckily, there are a whole lot of bottles available to collect, and my neighbors continue to bring me their empty bottles for recycling. To make the terrace walls, I stack the bottles up in between layers of fresh concrete, keeping the bottle bottoms...
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
A Quick Way To Boost Iron In Your Soil
By the next year, the tree was thriving. Stories and superstitions like these from gardeners and farmers abound. Even without a comprehensive soil test , a diagnosis of iron deficiency is often right on the money.
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Cooler Soil Temperatures Could Shorten Growing Season
“The net difference of 10 to 27 degrees F … will impact all things vegetation: lawns, crops , trees , et cetera,” he says. Even without taking other growing conditions, such as rainfall and soil fertility, into account, the cooler soil will likely...
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
6 Soil Problems and Amendment Solutions
Common to: clay soils, arid and semi-arid climates Amendments to add: elemental sulfur, iron sulfate When soil test results show high soil pH levels, your crops will benefit from some balance.
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Grow Better Crops From Healthy Soil
This can be the carbonaceous stalk of the wheat plant, aka straw, the body of an earthworm, animal manure or the dying roots of a broccoli plant. They aren't exactly mutually exclusive—compost can contain humus—but it's important to try and encourage...
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia
Use Tree Prunings To Improve Your Soil
During decomposition, the areas surrounding may experience a dip in nitrogen, as fungal activity increases and uses it up. Wood will decompose at variable rates, depending on factors like exposed surface area, moisture, temperature, fungal colonization,...
Pennsylvania
Philadelphia