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When to Add Compost to Your Garden Beds

A healthy garden starts with healthy soil. You don't need to worry about applying miracle elixirs or wielding new-fangled tools. Adding compost to garden beds is the best — and easiest — thing you can [more…]

Using Compost to Mulch Plants and Trees

Compost, whether you buy it or make it yourself makes tremendous mulch. Organic mulch, such as that derived from compost, has all the usual benefits in addition to supplying nutrients to the soil as it [more…]

How to Top-Dress Lawns with Compost

If you've gone through the effort of making rich compost of your own, you can use it to top-dress your lawn for thicker, healthier grass. You can use compost to top-dress both new and existing lawns. [more…]

How to Build Your Own Worm Composter

If you're interested in constructing a home for your composting worms instead of buying one, you can start with this simple double-decker design, which includes a built-in method for harvesting vermicompost [more…]

How to Compost with Worms

Vermicomposting is a composting method that employs certain worm species to consume and convert organic matter into a useful soil amendment and organic fertilizer. Provide moist bedding at all times for [more…]

How to Help Your Composting Worms Thrive

In addition to bedding and food, your composting worms need appropriate temperature, moisture, oxygen, and pH levels to thrive. Here are some basics for maintaining a healthy environment for your worms [more…]

How to Turn a Garbage Can into a Composter

One inexpensive option for making your own compost container is to use a large, recycled garbage can. Contact the department responsible for trash pickup [more…]

How to Make a Straw-Bale Compost Bin

Straw bales can be stacked to create a simple and inexpensive compost bin. As an organic material, straw breaks down and decomposes over time, and you can eventually incorporate it into your compost pile [more…]

Carbon-Rich Materials for Your Compost Pile

You need to add carbon materials to your compost pile to provide energy for microorganisms while they break down your organic matter. Carbons for the compost pile include the following: [more…]

Nitrogen-Rich Materials for Your Compost Pile

Greens provide bodybuilding proteins for the microorganisms crunching through your organic matter. Nitrogen-rich materials are called greens because most of them are greenish in color. The following are [more…]

Getting the Right Carbon-to-Nitrogen Ratio in Your Compost

You might think composting is hard when you learn that you need to feed your compost carbon and nitrogen. And on top of that, it needs to be in the correct amounts. You're not a chemist [more…]

Materials You Cannot Compost

Composting isn't a free-for-all. You can't toss in anything and everything you come across waste-wise and expect it to produce usable, healthy compost. Some materials definitely don't qualify as compost [more…]

Choosing a Location for Your Compost Pile

You've decided to get into the composting game. Way to go! First, you need to figure out a good location in your landscape to situate your composting efforts. To be a good neighbor, take into account your [more…]

How to Build a Compost Bin from Wood Pallets

Wood shipping pallets are a great option for creating highly effective composting systems, especially when you have a lot of organic matter to process. You can build a compost bin from wood pallets in [more…]

Alternation of Generations in a Plant Life Cycle

During the life cycle of a plant, the plant alternates between two forms: the sporophyte generation and the gametophyte generation. So, a complete plant life cycle includes both generations. [more…]

Types of Plant Tissues

Plant tissues come in several forms: vascular, epidermal, ground, and meristematic. Each type of tissue consists of different types of cells, has different functions, and is located in different places [more…]

Parts of a Flower

Flowers can be unisexual, having only male or female parts, or bisexual, having both types of parts. The male parts of a flower make up the stamens. The entire whorl of stamens in the flower is called [more…]

Botany For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Botany is the study of plants. Plants are very similar to people in a lot of ways, but they also have some differences that can be hard to wrap your brain around. And, like any science class, botany can [more…]

Assessing Your Site for Organic Gardening

Before starting your organic garden, take an inventory of your garden’s conditions. Match plants to different sites and choose only those plants that can grow to their full potential where you plan to [more…]

Reasons to Become an Organic Gardener

In case you’re wondering why it makes sense to garden organically, here are just a few of the many reasons why people do it (in order of many people’s priority): [more…]

An Organic Gardening Calendar

Use this organic gardening calendar to keep track of what you need to do in each season, and remember to always work with nature, rather than against it. [more…]

Organic Gardening For Dummies Cheat Sheet (UK Edition)

Many people proudly claim to be environmentalists, while knowing very little about how to be a good steward of their own garden. Organic gardening is about more than producing safe food and chemical-free [more…]

Storing and Preserving Home-Grown Fruit and Veg Successfully

Here are a few important do’s and don’ts to bear in mind so that you can enjoy your produce at the planning, growing, making and eating stages, which can be several months apart: [more…]

Storing & Preserving Garden Produce For Dummies Cheat Sheet (UK Edition)

Storing and preserving food isn’t rocket science; with a bit of confidence and practice, you can fill your store cupboards with your own home-made jams and chutneys. You need only the desire to experience [more…]

How to Plant Bulbs in a Container

Planting just one variety of bulbs per pot ensures that all the bulbs in the pot will bloom at the same time. Mixing varieties in a container, on the other hand, results in flowers coming at different [more…]

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