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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 Extend Your Gardening Season

The end of the growing season brings sadness to the hearts of even casual gardeners. How do you live without all those flowers and vegetables? Although you can’t stave off winter forever, consider these [more…]

How to Choose the Perfect Plant Food

No matter what the manufacturers tell you, there is no one plant food that works well for all of your garden needs. Different kinds of plants need different kinds of fertilizers, and the table here lists [more…]

How to Prune Plants

Pruning plants isn’t just about shaping them. It impacts how well your plants will grow. A mixture of hormones and food controls a tree’s growth. Some of the tree’s important hormones — growth stimulators [more…]

How to Propagate Plants from Cuttings

When people speak of propagating plants, they usually mean taking cuttings — using pieces of stems, roots, and leaves to start new plants. Softwood stem cuttings, taken from spring until midsummer, root [more…]

Month-by-Month: Chores for Desert Gardeners at Extreme Altitudes

The Southwest deserts encompass mild-winter climates of the low-elevation deserts of Arizona and California. (The mountains of Arizona and New Mexico, as well as west Texas, have a more typical cold-winter [more…]

Month-by-Month: Chores for Gardeners in the Pacific Northwest

Pacific Northwest, including the milder parts of British Columbia, has a long season from spring through fall. West of the Cascade Range, the lingering cool spring tends to favor cool-season annuals, and [more…]

Month-By-Month: Chores for Northern Gardeners

Gardeners in northern regions deal with warm summers and cold winters. But there is work to do in your garden through most of the year. Here is a month-by-month guide that keeps you in the gardening frame [more…]

Month-by-Month: Chores for Southern Gardeners

This garden calendar’s timing aims for the middle south in the middle of each month. For the lower south, the tasks will fall toward the beginning of the month. For the upper south, wait until month’s [more…]

Month-by-Month: Chores for California Gardeners

Gardeners in Southern California encounter some have the longest growing season in the United States. The gardening calendar offered here works for the majority of California, with two notable exceptions [more…]

How to Grow Perennials from Seed

Growing perennials from seed gives you the chance to start literally hundreds of plants from one package of seeds. Most perennial seeds don’t germinate very successfully when planted outside. By starting [more…]

Tips for Weeding Your Perennials

To keep your garden perennials looking their best, you need to control weeds. Weeds rob the soil of nutrients that your flowers could be using. Controlling weeds in your flower beds isn’t difficult. Like [more…]

How and When to Mulch Roses

Mulching your roses helps you save on water, reduces soil temperatures and evaporation, and smothers greedy weeds that compete with roses for moisture. Mulches not only conserve water but also even out [more…]

How to Direct-Sow Seeds in a Garden

With direct sowing (or direct seeding), you plant garden seeds directly in the ground right where you want them to grow.Some plants grow better when direct-sown because their developing roots don't adapt [more…]

Urban Farming: How to Make a Seed-Starting Schedule

Before you get started sowing seeds or planting transplants in your urban garden, it’s good to understand about frost dates and how they affect when you plant your seeds or seedlings indoors or outside [more…]

How to Grow Seedlings for Urban Farming

Growing your own annual flower or vegetable transplants from seed for your urban farm isn’t difficult; you just have to have the right equipment, time, and dedication. Here are some simple steps you can [more…]

How to Pick Quality Transplants for Urban Farming

If you’re not yet ready to go the grow-your-own-seedling route, head to your local garden center to buy your annual flowers and vegetables as transplants. Here are some things to keep in mind as you hunt [more…]

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