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How to Test Your Soil Simply and for Free in Minutes!

Testing soil can be time consuming and expensive! Often times as gardeners we send in a soil sample to try and find out the quality of the soil, what the pH is, and what nutrients can be found. For a beginning gardener, this information is extremely valuable to know, and can truly mean the difference […]
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Benefits to Screening Compost and Potting Soil

Before planting, make sure your potting soil has been sifted or screened. Often times twigs, clods of dirt, and small rocks can be found in potting soil. This can damage root growth. The finer the potting soil the better, I always screen my potting mix with a 1/6 inch mesh screen to ensure the softest, fluffiest, cleanest medium […]
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Growing Guides For Growing Perfect Organic Vegetables

How to Grow Lettuce Spacing – 6 inches between plants Preferred NPK – 5-3-4 Optimal temperature – 50-65 *F Soil pH – 6.0-7.0 Soil type – Sandy loam Exposure – Partial/ full sun (5-7 hours) Planting method – Direct sow OR Start indoors 3 weeks before last frost Patio friendly: YES Video Growing Guide How […]
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Diversity Is The Best Organic Pest Control

Kind of seems like a weird concept to think about, but it is true. The diversity of a garden has scientifically been proven to be the best control method for garden pests. There is no need for even organic pesticides with this method, it is just letting nature do what is does best. So HOW […]
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5 Great Organic Soil Amendments For The Home Gardener

Soil is an interesting thing, It is never the same! It can very from yard to yard even. Soil is the composition of sand, silt, and clay that is the universal growing medium for all plants. However soil is not complete without the fourth ingredient, and the one that makes soil growable – Organic matter. […]
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10 Quick Tips For A Successful Patio or Apartment Garden

  10 quick tips for a successful patio garden 1. COMPOST Start with good compost! If there is any tip I could give anyone that is starting a patio garden, it would be growing medium! Soil soil soil! You need to focus on this step, because with any closed system garden (i.e. potted garden) you […]
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The Role Of Epsom Salt In the Garden

                The Role Of Epsom Salt In The Garden          Epsom Salt a.k.a. Magnesium Sulfate is a nutrient that every gardener and their grandparent, and their grandparent's grandparent knew about. It was an old wives tale that Epsom salt could cure anything, and so farmers would see a nutrient deficiency […]
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The Role Of Calcium In The Garden

 The Role Of Calcium In The Garden  Calcium is the most abundant mineral on earth. Every living cell is made up of calcium. In it's natural form it is chalky and white. Calcium can be in anything from Tums tablets to charcoal. Lime is another great source of calcium, but it is in a form plants […]
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The Role Of Potassium In The Garden

                          The Role Of Potassium In The Garden             Potassium is used in the garden as the plant soluble form called potash. It Is one the most commonly forgotten nutrients most likely that is because it is used by the symbol K, […]
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The Role of Phosphorus In The Garden

                The Role Of Phosphorus In The Garden          Phosphorus is a nutrient found in rocks. It is locked inside rocks, that slowly decay due to weathering. When the phosphorus is unlocked it is absorbed into water and can be used to feed plants and other living organisms. Phosphorus is interesting […]
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4 Great Organic Sources Of Nitrogen Found in Every Home

  4 Great Organic Sources of nitrogen for the garden   1. Grass clippings – When composted, grass contains about 3% nitrogen by weight 2. Coffee grounds – Used fresh or composted, coffee grounds contain about 5% nitrogen by weight 3. Manure – Rabbit, cow, horse, goat, sheep, and chicken manure are VERY high in nitrogen and can be anywhere from 4% […]
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The Role of Nitrogen In The Garden

                            The Role Of Nitrogen In The Garden                Nitrogen is the most abundant gas. It makes up approximately 80% of the air we breath. Plants need Nitrogen to function, but cannot acquire the Nitrogen directly from […]
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5 Tips to Turn Food Scrap Waste Into Fertilizer For Plants

Millions of pounds of food is wasted each and every year, This is about 1/5 of the food we eat. Where does all that food go? The landfill. Instead of contributing to the toxic sludge that is found at the bottom of these trash heaps, Contribute in a positive way to growing more food in […]
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Great Thanksgiving Dessert Idea: Apple Pie Inside Apple

   Apple Pie Inside Apple    This recipe is not only optional gluten free, but it is vegan, vegetarian, low fat, low sugar, and personal! This thanksgiving wow your guests, create conversation, and make a healthy decision this Thanksgiving.  Ingredients:  1. Apples 2. Apple Sauce 3. Cinnamon 4. Pre-made or from scratch Pie crust   […]
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10 Quick Tips For the Every Day Organic Gardener

   10 Quick Tips for the Organic Gardener   1. If your growing onions specifically for cooking, add some rock sulfur to your beds! adding sulfur makes your onions hotter and much more potent! 2. If you are having problems getting bigger potatoes, try lowering the ph. potatoes need very acidic soils to grow well. […]
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.99 Heirloom Vegetable Seeds For Sale

      .99 Heirloom Vetatable Seeds For Sale       I set out so find a way to provide gardeners with the neccessary things to grow more food at home. I Just recently began carrying seeds on my store at MIgardener.com/Store. I wanted to carry not only MORE seed, but I wanted to […]
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Turning Halloween Pumpkins Into FREE Fertilizer in 4 Simple Steps

With all the pumpkins on the sides of the road waiting to go to the landfill, I set out to make something of them. I found a solution! I looked up the NPK of pumpkins and was delighted to find that they have a ratio of 2-1-3 when decomposed. This simple, free, organic, and effective […]
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Guide to Understanding Tomatoes – Grown or Bought

                                                           TOMATO 101 Tomato Types: Indeterminate: Best for growing in warmer climates. These tomatoes will fruit  all year long, and will ripen at random times. They also […]
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3 Simple Ways to Prep Your Garden For Winter

                        Winter/Fall Garden Prep     A Garden is great, but as gardeners we all realize that all good things must come to an end. At some point the garden will die off, or begin to die off, and you will be left with barren […]
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Prevent Squash Vine Borer Effectively & Organically

 How to Prevent The Dreaded Squash Vine Borer  As summer approaches, and our warm weather crops are coming in, we all looking forward to the beautiful zucchini, summer squash, butternut squash, and pumpkins! But there is one enemy of all gardeners, and that is the squash vine borer. It will kill a completely healthy plant, […]