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Soil preparation tips for your organic no till garden. We encourage you to use compost and mulch on top of your soil. Our no till methods help to not disturb…
How Long Does it Take to Make Compost?
How long does it take to make compost, and is there any way to make it faster? Here's a post that tells you everything you need to know.
How Soon Can You Plant in a Lasagna Garden?
It takes approximately 6-12 months for a lasagna mulched garden to be ready for planting. The exact time depends on the type of materials used and the weather. All the materials need to break down before the bed can be planted. The garden bed is ready for planting when all the layers are decomposed enough that they aren't recognizable. Another tell-tale sign is that the bed smells and looks like fresh earth.
Should I Add Worms to My Garden or Compost?
Ever considered adding earthworms to the garden? They’re the perfect little helpers; find out how they help nourish soil and compost.
How to Store and Preserve Topsoil Long-Term
The best way to ensure that the topsoil stays healthy over a long period is to maintain its pH levels, preserve organic matter, and manage its nutrient contents. The following tips can help keep topsoil in tip-top shape for future planting.
Why Soil Grows Mushrooms and How to Get Rid of Them
Mushrooms are fungi that are not harmful to plants. Most of the time, they grow in healthy soil. However, they could be growing because the soil contained spores, the environment is allowing for their growth or the plants are being overwatered.
Is Your Compost Healthy, Ready, and Finished? 5 Ways to Test It
The secret to healthy compost will be that it is predominantly carbon-based and less nitrogen-based. The ratio of carbon to nitrogen will be crucial to the overall pH and nutritional value of the garden.
How to Spread Topsoil: A Step-by-Step Guide
This article will cover all the important information about preparing a garden and spreading topsoil, the materials needed, avoiding pesticides, and much more. Quickly become an expert at spreading topsoil and create so much life in the garden that an overabundance will grow!
Do Wood Chips Deplete Soil of Nitrogen? Here Are the Facts!
Will wood chips remove nitrogen from the soil? Yes, wood chips do affect nitrogen levels in the soil. Wood chips deplete nitrogen from a shallow zone of soil close to the surface. However, below the first few inches of the earth, nitrogen levels actually increase after the application of wood chips. This difference occurs because microorganisms use nitrogen to decompose organic matter (in this case, wood chips), causing a depletion.
Can Compost Go Bad? 9 Tips for Storing Compost
Most seasoned gardeners have surely wondered what happens to unused compost. Can it go bad? The simple answer is yes, it certainly can. However, that ONLY happens if it has not been stored in the correct manner.
3 Effective Ways to Remove Rocks from Soil
Gardeners who are trying to grow a lush, thriving garden or lawn do not want to see rocks in their topsoil. Stones can not only make a garden less attractive, but they also have several adverse effects on plants. In order to remove rocks from topsoil, it is important to know the best and most effective ways to do so.
How to Start a No-Till Garden: A Complete Step-By-Step Guide
A no-till garden is a method of gardening that does away with the traditional use of tilling to prepare the soil. In no-till gardens, the soil is not dug up and turned to prepare for planting. Instead, organic components like compost and animal fertilizers are layered over the soil to create a rich, nutrient-heavy base in which to plant seeds and starters.
Can Spiders Bite Through Garden Gloves?
Can spiders bite through garden gloves? No, spiders in North America are not able to bite through a pair of garden gloves as their fangs are entirely too small. Indeed, the fangs of most spiders are so small that they are unable to penetrate clothing of any kind. Best of all, few varieties of spiders have fangs that are long enough to pierce human skin.
Garden Shovel, Spade, and Edger: What's the Difference?
Technically, all three tools are a type of shovel. However, the design and intended use are different for each one. Shovels are concave and used for working loose soil. Most spades are flat and used for cutting and digging into roots and dense dirt. Cleaning up borders requires the use of a half-moon shaped edger.
Electric Garden Shredders and Wood Chippers – Do They Work?
This is an easy-to-use tool that will cut gardening time in half. Not only does it simplify trimming and cleaning of the garden, but electric garden shredders swiftly transform excess garden materials into organic mulch and compost that add a hefty dose of natural nutrients to the garden.
Planning the Layout of a Vegetable Garden: A Complete Guide
A vegetable garden is a fantastic way to add delicious, nutritious elements to the dinner table without having to depend on the local market or grocery store. Setting up a vegetable garden takes some forethought and planning to ensure the greatest productivity.