One of the toughest classes I took in college was about soil, it was called “Soils 101.” You wouldn’t think a class about dirt would be so difficult! The first thing I learned was not to call it “dirt.” This produced an eye-roll followed by a sigh and look of disgust from our teacher who […] Finish reading: What’s My Soil Type?
Guest Blog Post by Rattan Direct. For similar articles, check out http://www.rattandirect.co.uk/blog/ It’s All in The Soil We don’t give much thought to the soil under our feet but without it, we wouldn’t have the landscape that is bountiful or food on our plates. It takes a lifetime to create the ideal soil conditions for […] Finish reading: What is the Science Behind the Soil?Guest Blog Post
Soil preparation is the foundation of your garden and is absolutely teeming with life. Soil isn’t just dirt! What is Soil? Soil is made up of a combination of particles, insects, air and decomposing organic materials. It’s full of microscopic life-one teaspoon contains over one billion bacteria! It also has large numbers of fungi, protozoa and […] Finish reading: Soil Preparation
Gardening in sandy soil can be a challenge for gardeners, especially those who want to save water. As I mentioned in “What’s My Soil Type,” water moves freely through sandy soil. This also means it moves freely past plant root zones! When this happens, soil dries out more frequently and plants wilt and/or die if not […] Finish reading: Gardening in Sandy Soil
Do you need to give a holiday or birthday gift but you’ve run out of ideas? Consider giving a citrus tree. There are so many different kinds! You can gift an orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit, kumquat, pomelo, tangerine or even a mandarin tree. Just tie a bow around it and print a copy of this […] Finish reading: Citrus trees make a great gift!
Did you know that winter vegetables aren’t planted in winter, they’re planted in summer? Certain vegetable crops may need 6 weeks to a few months to grow from seed, such as cauliflower, cabbage, carrots, broccoli, collards, Brussels sprouts, and leeks. Now is also a good time to start mustard greens, beets, kale, spinach and herbs […] Finish reading: Plant Winter Vegetables in SummerVegetable Gardening
“How often should I water tomato plants?” A family member recently asked me. She said, “I don’t have any tomatoes on my two month old plants. The plants are green and really big!” I asked her, “How often do you water your tomato plants?” Her answer: “Every day.” I told her, “Plants watered every day […] Finish reading: How to Water Tomato PlantsVegetable Gardening
A well-planned perennial garden can have beautiful plants that bloom during most of the year. This article gives tips for how to plan a garden with show-stopping color that attracts pollinators, beneficial insects, birds and the admiration of your neighborhood. What is a Perennial? In gardening, the term “perennial” has two different meanings. It can […] Finish reading: Perennial Flowers
Plants need nutrients to grow, but understanding how much and which type of fertilizer to use can be overwhelming. There are various types of fertilizer available for sale with descriptions like “complete,” “organic,” or “all-purpose,” as well as soil amendments like compost and composted manure. Do you Need to Use Fertilizer in your Garden? Grasscycle […] Finish reading: Fertilizers
Saving water doesn’t necessarily call for immediate and drastic action. So before you pull out your lawn or install a rock garden, consider these simple techniques that can help you start saving water immediately. Cheap and Easy Ways to Save Water in the Landscape Grasscycle your Lawn Leaving grass clippings on the lawn when mowing […] Finish reading: Water Saving Tips