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postheadericon Is ground frozen solid: determining if soil is frozen

Is ground frozen solid: determining if soil is frozen

Image by Soil Science By Susan Patterson, Master Gardener No matter how anxious you are to plant your garden, it is essential that you wait to dig until your soil is ready. Digging in your garden too soon or in the wrong conditions results in two things: frustration for you and poor soil structure. Determining if soil is frozen can make all the difference. So how do you know if the ground is frozen solid? Keep reading to find out how to tell if ground is frozen or not. How…

postheadericon Mushroom compost benefits: organic gardening with mushroom compost

Mushroom compost benefits: organic gardening with mushroom compost

Image by Hans Splinter By Nikki Phipps (Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden) Mushroom compost makes a great addition to the garden soil. Organic gardening with mushroom compost can be accomplished in several ways and offers many benefits to the garden. What is Mushroom Compost? Mushroom compost is a type of slow-release, organic plant fertilizer. The compost is made by mushroom growers using organic materials such as hay, straw, corn cobs and hulls, and poultry or horse manure. Since the mushroom growing process varies slightly between individual growers, mushroom compost recipes…

postheadericon What are cloches and bell jars: how to use cloches in gardens

What are cloches and bell jars: how to use cloches in gardens

Image by THEPALMER By Bonnie L. Grant Sylvia Plath knew what they were, but I think her bell jar was more of a confining and suffocating item, whereas in reality they are shelter and protect tender or new life. Bell jars and cloches are invaluable objects for the gardener. What are cloches and bell jars? Each is designed to go over plants to keep them warm, protect them from snow and ice, and act as a mini greenhouse. Cloches in gardens allow northern gardeners to start plants early. There are…

postheadericon Milk fertilizer benefits: using milk fertilizer on plants

Milk fertilizer benefits: using milk fertilizer on plants

Image by belchonock By Nikki Phipps (Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden) Milk, it does the body good. But did you know it may also be good for the garden? Using milk as fertilizer has been an old-time remedy in the garden for many generations. In addition to helping with plant growth, feeding plants with milk can also alleviate many issues in the garden, from calcium deficiencies to viruses and powdery mildew. Let’s find out how to take advantage of the beneficial fertilizer components in milk. Milk Fertilizer Benefits Milk is…

postheadericon Sandy soil amendments: how to do sandy soil improvements

Sandy soil amendments: how to do sandy soil improvements

Image by g_kat26 By Heather Rhoades If you live in a sandy area, you know that it can be difficult to grow plants in sand. Water runs out of sandy soil quickly and it can be hard for sandy soil to retain the nutrients that plants need to thrive. Sandy soil amendments can help improve sandy soil so that you can grow a wider variety of plants in your garden. Let’s look at what is sandy soil and how you can go about amending sandy soil. What is Sandy Soil?…

postheadericon Improving clay soil in your yard

Improving clay soil in your yard

Image by Soil Science By Heather Rhoades You can have all the best plants, the best tools and all the Miracle-Gro in the world, but it won’t mean a thing if you have clay heavy soil. Read on to learn more. Steps to Improve Clay Heavy Soil A great many gardeners are cursed with clay soil, but if your garden has clay soil, this is no reason to give up on gardening or suffer with plants that never reach their full potential. All you need to do is follow a…

postheadericon Antidepressant microbes in soil: how dirt makes you happy

Antidepressant microbes in soil: how dirt makes you happy

Image by amoceptum By Bonnie L. Grant Prozac may not be the only way to get rid of your serious blues. Soil microbes have been found to have similar effects on the brain and are without side effects and chemical dependency potential. Learn how to harness the natural antidepressant in soil and make yourself happier and healthier. Read on to see how dirt makes you happy. Natural remedies have been around for untold centuries. These natural remedies included cures for almost any physical ailment as well as mental and emotional…

postheadericon Frog friendly gardens: tips for attracting frogs to the garden

Frog friendly gardens: tips for attracting frogs to the garden

Image by SNappa2006 By Jackie Carroll Attracting frogs to the garden is a worthy goal that benefits both you and the frogs. The frogs benefit by having a habitat created just for them, and you will enjoy watching the frogs and listening to their songs. Frogs are great insect killers, too. Let’s learn more about how to invite frogs to gardens. A Responsible Frog Pond in the Garden It is illegal to release non-native frogs in many areas, and there is good reason for this. Non-native species can take over…

postheadericon Toads in the garden – how to attract toads

Toads in the garden – how to attract toads

Image by Eddy Van 3000 By Heather Rhoades Attracting toads is the dream of many gardeners. Having toads in the garden is very beneficial as they naturally prey on insects, slugs and snails, up to 10,000 in a single summer. Having a resident toad keeps the pest population down and reduces the need for harsh pesticides or labor intensive natural controls. Let’s take a look at how to attract toads to your garden. How to Attract Toads Attracting toads to your garden mostly involves creating the right kind of habitat…

postheadericon Garden uses for vinegar – tips for using vinegar in gardens

Garden uses for vinegar – tips for using vinegar in gardens

Image by Sharon Day By Amy Grant Many of us have heard about the benefits of using vinegar in gardens, mainly as an herbicide. But how effective is vinegar and what else can it be used for? Let’s find out more about how to use vinegar in the garden. Using Vinegar in Gardens It has been said that one of the benefits of vinegar in the garden is as a fertilizing agent. Nope. Acetic acid only contains carbon hydrogen and oxygen – stuff the plant can get from the air….