150 Tips: Gardening Organically

“Judging from the many word battles now being waged by the organic vs. chemical gardening advocates, it would seem that the gardening crisis of our generation had reached a point to demand serious attention,” wrote E. M. Hunt in a 1946 article on the “Fertilizer Feud” in Minnesota Horticulturist. Questions about how best to be…

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Compost for Beginners

Compost is one of those topics that makes a lot of sense once you’ve been gardening awhile, but can be confusing to new gardeners. So, here is all the information needed about compost for beginners. Check the end for links to even more information. What is Compost and Why Do Gardeners Use It? Compost is…

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Day 20: Feeding Your Vegetable Garden

Vegetables are living, growing things, and they need to be fed. The amount of nitrogen, phosophorous, potassium and trace minerals that plants need varies. (See below for list of heavy feeders.) But generally speaking, if you feed the soil, you feed your vegetables. If you do not feed your sol by adding compost or other…

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Tips for Making Better Compost

Probably the most common advice given for improving your garden’s performance is to add compost. Compost improves soil fertility and texture. It’s packed with microorganisms that plants love and is the happy home to worms and other beneficial creatures. And, if you make it yourself, it’s free. But, many gardeners are stumped about how to…

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