How to Measure and Adjust PH in Garden Soil

Soil pH is referred to as the acidity of the soil and is measured by the number of Hydrogen ions present in the soil. When the soil pH is too acidic (low pH) or alkaline (high pH), nutrients present in the soil become locked-up or unavailable. Correcting the pH has the same effect as applying … Read more

Can I Use Coffee Grinds as Fertilizer?

Coffee grounds were once thought to be good only for acid-loving plants, such as tomatoes, blueberries, and some fruit trees. However, a study conducted by Wood’s End Research Laboratory in Maine found that when mixed with other yard waste .. compost … the ph was neutralized. So basically raw straight coffee grinds are not a great idea, … Read more

Is Azomite Good for Plants?

Are you interested in taking your gardening or landscaping to the next level? If so, perhaps you have considered Azomite. Azomite is mined in the Utah desert from the ruins of an ancient volcanic eruption. It is a natural mineral product.  What makes Azomite unique is that it’s versatile as both an organic fertilizer and … Read more

What is The Best Fill Dirt For Drainage?

Fill dirt refers to the layer of subsoil immediately beneath the topsoil. There are many different fill dirt varieties, which can contain pebbles, sand, and rocks. Fill dirt should not contain any organic material, which can cause the soil to settle over time.  Most often generated during large construction projects, fill dirt is versatile and … Read more

Epsom Salts as Fertilizer and Pest Control

A picture of Epsom salt in a glass jar with some leafy garnish laying next to it. Text reads using epsom salt in the garden as fertilizer and pest control.

Discovered in the well water of Epsom, England, from which the name “Epsom” salts is derived it has been used for centuries to treat a wide range of ailments, of people, animals and plants. Epsom salt is comprised of magnesium, sulfur, and oxygen and in gardening, it is used to correct a magnesium or sulfur … Read more

Composting

Starting a Compost Pile Compost is decomposing organic matter. It is created by biological processes in which soil-inhabiting organisms break down plant and bio matter, biological decomposition of organic wastes by bacteria, fungi, worms, and other organisms occurring under controlled aerobic conditions. When decomposition is complete, the compost has turned to a dark brown, powdery … Read more

Dog Poop as Compost

Dog waste, Canine Poop can be used as fertile compost but some necessary precautions should be followed. Dumping raw dog waste in your compost pile is never a good idea. Cross a tangerine and a grapefruit and you get a tangelo, cross a cabbage and a radish and you get a rabbage, cross a Shih-Tzu … Read more

Earth Worms for Gardens

When the Europeans first arrived in America, there were no Earth Worms, they had been extinct here since the ice age. Early settlers re-introduced them to North America and their populations rose along with that of the white settlers. Today, fertile farmland contains up to 1,750,000 earth worms per acre, meaning that the weight of … Read more

Test Garden Soil Yourself

The primary components that are essential to raising a healthy garden are sunlight, water, temperature and soil. Soil is the medium through which plants absorb the nutrients which they need to thrive. A rich fertile soil is vital to growing the best fruits and vegetables, but how can you tell if your soil has the … Read more

Human Urine as a Fertilizer

I became interested in gardening at a young age. A neighborhood buddy, Donnie, introduced me to the joys of vegetable gardening. His mother and mine were coffee clutch friends, and Donnie would frequently bring fresh vegetables – tomatoes, eggplant, corn etc.. to my mom, who gleefully accepted. Donnie’s produce became a staple of many neighborhood … Read more