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

How to Test Garden Soil

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

Carrot Planting Guide

Carrots are a hardy crop that can be planted in the garden in early spring. Carrots require larger amounts of moisture than other popular edible garden vegetables, they are not tolerant of drought. Prolonged hot weather in their later stages will retard carrot growth and generally result in an undesirable strong flavor as well as … Read more

Composting Leaves – Making Leaf Mold

How to make and use Leaf Mold Tired of bagging and hauling bundle after bundle of leaves to the curb ? Autumns leaves can easily be recycled and converted into valuable leaf mold -Leaf mold is soil consisting primarily of decayed leaves. Pound for pound, leaves contain twice the minerals of manure. Added to yard … 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

Mycorrhizae Beneficial Subterranean Fungus

Encouraging and even introducing a fungus to your Garden sounds somewhat counter productive, even oxymoronish. Considering that in the lexicon of the average gardener fungus and fungi are words that evoke visions of dead and dying plants and decaying produce. However in the ying and the yang of nature, there is a flip side to … Read more

Understanding Fertilizer Labels

Fertilizer Labeling The numbers on any bag of fertilizer refers to the volume/percentage of primary nutrients found inside. The primary nutrients in fertilizer are: nitrogen (N) phosphorous (P) potassium (K) N-P-K Primary Fertilizer Ingredients The first number is the percentage of nitrogen in the fertilizer bag. So a bag of 5-15-5 has 5% total nitrogen, … Read more

How to Condition and Improve Your Garden Soil

If you’re like most home gardeners, you want your garden to be healthy and produce beautiful plants. But did you know that the quality of your soil is one of the most important factors in determining how successful your garden will be? Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to condition your soil. In this guide, we’ll cover some basics on improving your garden soil.