Composting In Small Spaces

Green Spaces in Small Places Living in the city or in an apartment doesn’t mean you can’t have some green space to call your own. Growing fresh herbs, vegetables and flowers on the balcony or rooftop is a growing trend. No pun intended! Balcony gardening is visually pleasing; creating an oasis of green right outside

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Why We Love Compost

With apologies to Elizabeth Barrett Browning… Why do we love compost? Let us count the ways… 1. There is no better soil additive Simply put, there’s no single thing that you can add to your soil to make it better for gardening than compost. You can add sand to improve drainage, you can add manure

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Understanding and Improving Your Soil

Successful gardening requires good soil. All plants, flowers, vegetables, trees and shrubs, even the grass plants of your lawn need good soil in which to grow and thrive. Creating good soil is not difficult; and, it is always very rewarding. Soil Components Soil is a mix of mineral and organic matter, plus air and water.

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Soil Additives

Your soil is where your plants live. It’s where they eat, breathe (actually, transpire), fight diseases, and anchor their location in this world. Nothing is more important to your plants, and to your gardening, than your soil. Soil is a fascinating mix of mineral and organic matter, air, and water. The mineral components come from

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Feeding Your Garden Naturally

There are two very compelling reasons to feed your garden naturally. Long term you’ll build better soil and a healthier ecosystem. Short term and long term you’ll save money. Building Better Soil If you’ve been reading most of our newsletter articles, you know that we consider good soil to be the absolute foundation to good

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Composting in Winter – The Answers

Here we answer some common questions about composting in winter months. Composting in Winter – Can I Do It? Composting in winter is possible depending on where you live. Active composting requires a consistent outside temperature of 40 degrees or more. So, if you live in an area with temperate winters (southern most states of

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Composting for Next Year

One of our gardening friends says that there are only two kinds of serious gardeners: those who compost, and those who don’t compost yet! Those Who Compost If you’re one of those gardeners who enjoys the many rewards of composting, now is the time to make significant contributions to next year’s compost harvest. Divide and

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Composting

What is Compost? Compost is decomposed organic material. The organic material can be plant material or animal matter. While composting may seem mysterious or complicated, it’s really a very simple and natural process that continuously occurs in nature, often without any assistance from people. If you’ve walked in the woods, you’ve experienced compost in its

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Worm Composting

There are a number of good reasons to consider giving indoor worm composting, also known as vermiculture, a try this year: 1. Worm composting is relatively easy; while it may appear to be somewhat mysterious, it’s really quite simple. (If you already have an outdoor compost pile or bin that is built directly on the

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