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postheadericon Why soil ph for plants is important

Why soil ph for plants is important

Image by Ryo Chijiiwa By Stan V. Griep American Rose Society Certified Consulting Rosarian – Rocky Mountain District Whenever I am asked a question about a plant not thriving, the first thing I want to know is what the pH rating of the soils is. The soil pH rating can be the main key to a plant of any kind doing exceptionally well, just getting by, or heading towards death.  Soil pH for plants is crucial to their health. What is Soil pH? Soil pH is a measurement of the…

postheadericon Using eggs as plant fertilizer: tips for fertilizing with raw eggs

Using eggs as plant fertilizer: tips for fertilizing with raw eggs

Image by ninode By Bonnie L. Grant Soil amendment is necessary in almost every garden. Low macro and micro-nutrients cause problems like blossom end rot, chlorosis and low fruit production. Organic gardeners like to turn to natural products for answers to common nutrient problems. Using eggs as a fertilizer is an old trick, but it can have some unpleasant secondary effects. Raw egg fertilizer may not be the way to go to introduce calcium to your plants, but the shells are a bona fide true winner in the garden. Fertilizing…

postheadericon Herbal tea for plants: information on herb based fertilizers

Herbal tea for plants: information on herb based fertilizers

Image by GianniBPhoto By Bonnie L. Grant The rise of chemical use in the garden raises concerns for those of us disquieted by the effects of toxins in the air, water and earth. It comes as no surprise that there are numerous DIY and natural garden remedies making their rounds in publications and the internet. Organic plant fertilizer methods have been around since cultivation first began and modern know how has increased the number of herb based fertilizers and natural plant feeding practices. A healthy garden starts with natural fertilizers…

postheadericon Organic coltsfoot fertilizer: how to make coltsfoot fertilizer

Organic coltsfoot fertilizer: how to make coltsfoot fertilizer

Image by ChamilleWhite By Bonnie L. Grant Coltsfoot may be deemed a weed by some but has been used for centuries as a medicinal herb. The plant’s healthful properties not only enhance mammalian well-being but may have potential to influence the vigor of our plants. Using coltsfoot leaves for fertilizer imparts healthful benefits to our green friends when applied as a tea or even as compost. Learn how to make coltsfoot fertilizer as part of your organic garden care ritual. Benefits of Coltsfoot Fertilizer Natural garden care is all the…

postheadericon Potting soil ingredients: learn about common types of potting soil

Potting soil ingredients: learn about common types of potting soil

Image by Gardening Know How, via Nikki Phipps By Mary H. Dyer, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener If you’re a new gardener (or even if you’ve been at it awhile), choosing soil for potted plants from the many types of potting soil available in garden centers can feel a bit overwhelming. However, once you have some knowledge of the basic components of potting soil and the most common potting soil ingredients, you can select the best product for your particular needs. Read on for helpful potting soil information. Potting Soil…

postheadericon Making dandelion fertilizer tea: tips on using dandelions as fertilizer

Making dandelion fertilizer tea: tips on using dandelions as fertilizer

Image by LianeM By Amy Grant Dandelions are rich in potassium, a must have for many plants. The extremely long tap root uptakes valuable minerals and other nutrients from the soil. If you just toss them away, you are wasting an inexpensive, highly nutrient rich fertilizer. Read on to learn more. Dandelion Weed Fertilizer Dandelions are actually incredibly useful. Not only can you eat the tender young greens in the early spring, but later in the season, you can dry the larger leaves and use them for tea. The tight…

postheadericon Testing moisture in plants: how to gauge soil moisture in plants

Testing moisture in plants: how to gauge soil moisture in plants

Image by 8ran By Mary H. Dyer, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener Adequate moisture is critical for growing plants successfully. For most plants, too much water is more dangerous than not enough. The key is to learn how to gauge soil moisture effectively, and to water plants only when they need it, not on a set schedule. Checking Plant Moisture When it comes to testing moisture in plants, the feel of the soil is the best guide. As a general rule, a potted plant in a container measuring 6 inches…

postheadericon Pollinator gardens: creating a pollinator garden

Pollinator gardens: creating a pollinator garden

Image by Duncan Harris By Nikki Phipps (Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden) You don’t need a lot of space to start a pollinator garden; in fact, with only a few pots of flowers, you can attract beneficial creatures, such as bees and butterflies to the area. How to Create a Pollinator Garden Pollinators thrive on flower nectar and pollen. Designate a section of the landscape strictly for a pollinator garden filled with a multitude of grasses, trees, shrubs and wildflowers. Seek out a site that receives at least six hours of…

postheadericon Tips for attracting bees: plants that attract bees

Tips for attracting bees: plants that attract bees

Image by aussiegall By Kathleen Mierzejewski When it comes to your flowers, you should know that honeybee pollination is so important. You will definitely want to plant flowers that attract bees because attracting bees will ensure that your flowers will grow and multiply. The bees pollinate the flowers and make them grow. This is critical to your garden’s success. Plants That Attract Bees Pollinating insects, especially bees, are necessary for the success of your flower or vegetable garden. Attracting bees is quite simple. Just make sure you plant flowers that attract bees….