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postheadericon Cottonseed meal gardening: is cottonseed healthy for plants

Cottonseed meal gardening: is cottonseed healthy for plants

Image by Y Tanzawa By Amy Grant A by-product of cotton manufacturing, cottonseed meal as a fertilizer for the garden is slow release and acidic. Cottonseed meal varies in formulation slightly, but is generally made up of 7% nitrogen, 3% P2O5, and 2% K2O. Cottonseed meal feeds nitrogen, potash, phosphorus and other minor nutrients over a period of time, eliminating runoff and promoting vigorous growth of vegetables, landscape plants and turf. Is Cottonseed Healthy for Plants? Is cottonseed healthy for plants? Absolutely. Cottonseed meal fertilizer is highly beneficial with a…

postheadericon Beneficial ground beetles: how to find ground beetle eggs and larvae

Beneficial ground beetles: how to find ground beetle eggs and larvae

Image by Henrik_L By Darcy Larum, Landscape Designer Most of us have encountered ground beetles in gardens. You turn over a rock or garden debris and a shiny black beetle goes racing for cover. You may even notice a sudden foul scent as it rushes off, secreting an oil in its wake to deter predators. While the sudden discovery of a scurrying ground beetle may be a little unnerving, it is actually a valuable ally to the gardener. Read on to learn more about the ground beetle life cycle. Beneficial…

postheadericon Beneficial ground beetles: how to find ground beetle eggs and larvae

Beneficial ground beetles: how to find ground beetle eggs and larvae

Image by Henrik_L By Darcy Larum, Landscape Designer Most of us have encountered ground beetles in gardens. You turn over a rock or garden debris and a shiny black beetle goes racing for cover. You may even notice a sudden foul scent as it rushes off, secreting an oil in its wake to deter predators. While the sudden discovery of a scurrying ground beetle may be a little unnerving, it is actually a valuable ally to the gardener. Read on to learn more about the ground beetle life cycle. Beneficial…

postheadericon Fish emulsion fertilizer – tips for using fish emulsion on plants

Fish emulsion fertilizer – tips for using fish emulsion on plants

Image by Podknox By Susan Patterson, Master Gardener Fish emulsion benefits to plants and ease of use make this an exceptional fertilizer in the garden, especially when making your own. For more information on using fish emulsion on plants and how to make fish emulsion fertilizer, please continue reading. What is Fish Emulsion? Using fish for fertilizer is not a new concept. In fact, settlers at Jamestown used to catch and bury fish to use as fertilizer. Organic farmers across the globe use fish emulsion in place of toxic chemical…

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 Cottonseed meal gardening: is cottonseed healthy for plants

Cottonseed meal gardening: is cottonseed healthy for plants

Image by Y Tanzawa By Amy Grant A by-product of cotton manufacturing, cottonseed meal as a fertilizer for the garden is slow release and acidic. Cottonseed meal varies in formulation slightly, but is generally made up of 7% nitrogen, 3% P2O5, and 2% K2O. Cottonseed meal feeds nitrogen, potash, phosphorus and other minor nutrients over a period of time, eliminating runoff and promoting vigorous growth of vegetables, landscape plants and turf. Is Cottonseed Healthy for Plants? Is cottonseed healthy for plants? Absolutely. Cottonseed meal fertilizer is highly beneficial with a…

postheadericon Garden upcycling ideas: learn about upcycling in the garden

Garden upcycling ideas: learn about upcycling in the garden

Image by qualitygurus By Bonnie L. Grant Nationwide recycling programs have opened the eyes of most consumers. The sheer amount of junk we throw away annually is rapidly exceeding our storage capacity for said junk. Enter repurposing, upcycling and other useful practices. What is garden upcycling? The practice is similar to repurposing where unique and fanciful ideas are realized by using cast off items. This is an opportunity to think big and crazy while saving interesting artifacts and reducing our landfill loads. What is Garden Upcycling? Upcycled garden projects are…

postheadericon Crafts with gourds: how to make water canteens from dried gourds

Crafts with gourds: how to make water canteens from dried gourds

Image by DJClaassen By Heather Rhoades Gourds are a fun plant to grow in your garden. Not only are the vines lovely, but you can you can make crafts with gourds as well. One very utilitarian craft you can make with gourds is water canteens. How to Make a Gourd Canteen So you’re ready to make crafts with gourds; now what? Get started with growing and making your own water canteen. Here is how you can do that: Advertisement Choose a gourd for your water canteens craft – When making any crafts with…

postheadericon Gardens and lightning: learn about lightning safety out in gardens

Gardens and lightning: learn about lightning safety out in gardens

Image by klagyivik By Mary H. Dyer, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener, www.summitspringsgardenwriting.com Spring and summertime is gardening time, and the hot days of summer herald storm season in most climates across the country. It’s important to know about keeping safe in the garden during a lightning storm; dangerous weather can pop up with very little warning, and gardens and lightning can be a very bad combination. Read on to learn more about lightning safety out in gardens. Gardens and Lightning Although lightning storms are fascinating to watch, they’re extremely…

postheadericon United states flowers: list of american state flowers

United states flowers: list of american state flowers

Image by liveslow By Becca Badgett (Co-author of How to Grow an EMERGENCY Garden) Official state flowers exist for each state in the union and also for some U.S. territories, according to the U.S. state flower list published by the United States National Arboretum. In addition to United States flowers, each state has an official tree and some states have even added a wildflower to the list of their official state flowers. To learn more about the flower for your state or how to use state flowers to color garden…