How to Make Composting Simple as Dirt: My Top Tips

How to Make Composting Simple as Dirt: My Top Tips

Soil & Compost
All right, let's make this really easy. I promised to make composting simple as dirt. I want you to devise a home composting program. I know it sounds all technical, but the reality is that it's extremely simple to do. If you don't compost, you're a bad person--no, I'm kidding! However, you are missing out on the many benefits such a minimized amount of trash in the house, great gardening soil and another thing you can make the kids do if you don't feel like it. I'm going to break down the different types of composting for you to get an idea of which one works best for you. Dig a Hole in Your Backyard. Or Your Neighbor's Depending on how your living situation is laid out geographically, you need…
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Chamomile a Mild Organic Fungicide

Organic Pest & Disease Control
The single term used to describe underground, soil line, or crown rots of seedlings due to unknown causes is damping-off. The term actually covers several soil borne diseases of plants and seed borne fungi including... Rhizoctonia root rot (Rhizoctonia solani) Pythium Root Rot (Pythium spp.) Phytophthora root rot (Phytophthora spp.) Black root rot (Thielaviopsis basicola) Miscellaneous fungi causing similar symptoms include Sclerotinia (white mold), Sclerotium rolfsii, Macrophomina phaseoli, some species of Botrytis (gray mold), Aphonomyces, Fusarium, Cylindrocladium, and others. Hence the need for the collective term known as damping-off. To avoid damping off there are several things you can do, but a natural and organic preventative, is Chamomile Tea. Chamomile is a naturally high source of sulfur and a good fungicide helpful in preventing damping-off. There are two ways to…
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Extend Tomato Harvest

Extend Tomato Harvest

Growing Food
Extend your tomato harvest and enjoy them longer when you take these simple steps in late summer and early fall. Steps to Extending Harvest of Tomatoes Cut back the watering. If tomatoes have reached full or close to full size, reduce watering. This will encourage ripening. Pick small fruit. As tomato fruit ripens, it uses energy converted from the leaves. Many fruits can slow this process, particularly when temperatures begin to decline. To enable a larger harvest as the first expected frost looms on the horizon, pick all the tomatoes that are their mature size, pink, or are just starting to turn. Leave the remainder to ripen on the vine. Shock the roots. Tug gently on the bottom of the main vine to shock the roots. The jolt helps get…
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