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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Garden Clean-Up

If you spend a few hours this fall properly cleaning up your lawn and garden, you’ll be rewarded with a prettier landscape this winter and have a head start on next season’s gardens. Vegetable Garden Clean-up Remove all dead or spent vegetable plants, imperfect or unripe fruits and vegetables. Shred and compost any plants or

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Hedge and Shrub Care

Why, When, How to Prune Shrubs and Hedges There are three major types of pruning aesthetic, productive, and practical. Aesthetic pruning is done to improve the appearance of a tree or shrub. Most aesthetic pruning is done to create or maintain both symmetry and a desired shape and height. Artistic aesthetic pruning can also be

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Removing Thatch From Lawns

Thatch… recognizing it, and removing it! Thatch is a communion of dead grass, roots and other matter that builds up in grass over time. Its very common and collects on most lawns at some time or another. Thatch collects above the soil at surface level and becomes intertwined in grass stems. When the cycle of

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Lawn Care Made Easier

American lawns range from golf course spectacular to weed infested, bare patch ugly. And lawn care treatment ranges from chemical assault, to doing nothing, to organic purist. You can have a better lawn, without constantly attending to its needs and without spending a fortune. While many of us coddle our ornamental plantings and our vegetable

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How and When to Aerate Your Lawn

In this article, we use the Mantis Tiller to aerate a lawn. Difficulty Estimated Time An Hour or Two Things You Need Mantis Tiller Aerator Attachment Safety Glasses Garden Gloves A Little Bit of Background If you have heavily compacted soil or if your turf has a lot of thin or bare areas, you should

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How to Have a Great Lawn

Overview Most homeowners would like to have a thick, green lawn that is free of weeds, diseases, and bare spots. The good news is that it is possible to have a very attractive lawn without spending a fortune on a lawn care service and without using a lot of potentially harmful chemicals. But you do

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Our Favorite Tomato Recipes

One recent survey indicated that 98% of American vegetable gardeners grow tomatoes. And, to many gardeners, the appearance of the first fresh ripe home-grown tomato is a significant annual event that arrives after much anticipation. Soon, however, many of us have all of the tomatoes we can use… and then some. Here are a few

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How About a Garden Party?

According to Wikipedia, a garden party is a gathering with food in an outdoor park or garden. The connotation of “garden party” is that it is more formal than a cookout or picnic; indeed, the official garden parties at Buckingham Palace are quite formal and prestigious. Of course, yours can be much more casual. Many

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Gardening With Kids

Most of us who enjoy gardening also enjoy sharing our gardening ideas and information with others. One of the special joys of gardening is that we can share it with our kids, our grandkids, or our neighbors’ kids. The Benefits of Gardening with Kids Here are a few reasons why gardening with kids can be

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Gardening Benefits

Gardening Benefits Your Wallet and Your Health Grow What You’ll Eat. The USDA estimates that every $100 spent on vegetable gardening can yield $1,000 to $1,700 worth of produce. Examples: Tomatoes: A packet (30 seeds) of Big Beef Hybrid tomato seeds costs $3.45. If you start 6 seeds, and plant the 5 healthiest seedlings, the cost

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Easy Ways to Save Your Garden Bounty

Vegetable Storage There are four basic ways to save extra vegetables from your garden for later use: Canning Many fruits and vegetables can be preserved by canning them. Pears, apples, tomatoes, pickled cucumbers, and beans are among the most popular garden produce that can be preserved this way. For home gardeners, canning involves the use

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How to Build a Rain Garden

Rain gardens are becoming increasingly popular as more homeowners become aware of their impact on the overall environment. Simply put, rain gardens are planned gardens that capture and filter rain water that would otherwise run off or through your property. The benefits of rain gardens are: Decreased pollution of streams and water supplies, because rainwater runoff

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Win Over Weeds

Weeds. They’re everywhere. And they sprout up overnight at least it seems that way and grow twice as fast as your garden plants. The biggest challenge facing many new and experienced gardeners alike is controlling weeds. Understand the “Enemy” Weeds really aren’t the enemy. They’re simply nature’s way of protecting her precious soil. Exposed topsoil

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Managing Water in the Garden

How to Manage Water in the Garden While most animals (including us humans) and plants can tolerate a range of water and nutrient consumption, there are times when there’s simply too much or too little. This article will address some solutions when your garden has too much or not enough water. Too Much Water The

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Companion Planting

Companion planting is simply planting different varieties of plants next to – or close to – each other to achieve better results. Companion planting can be used to: Deter harmful insects Provide useful nutrients Provide structure or shade Attract beneficial insects Attract and trap harmful insects Background The concept of companion planting for backyard gardeners

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Bug & Slug Controls

The mere mentioning of bugs or slugs will make most gardeners grimace. Indeed, bugs have such a bad reputation that the word is often used as a verb, as in “what’s bugging you?” This article is concerned primarily with “bad bugs” – actually bad insects, as the scientific definition of bug technically applies only to

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