Planting – Healthy Beginnings

Planting – Healthy Beginnings

Organic Gardening
No amount of watering or fertilizer will compensate for improper planting. On many occasions I have puzzled over the problems of plants only to discover they were planted six inches too deep or with their roots bound tightly. There isn't any mystery to good planting, just some common sense techniques. Dig the Hole First Before you unpot your plant, prepare a hole fifty to a hundred percent larger than the plant's root ball. Work some compost, peat moss or other soil conditioners into the soil you've removed. When planting smaller perennials or bedding plants, rather than preparing individual holes, it may be simpler to amend a larger area and use a trowel to place the individual plants. In the case of large trees, it is generally best not to amend…
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Healthy Soil Basics

Healthy Soil Basics

Soil & Compost
Soil Fertility First of all, I have to say I am sorry for the subtitle. ;) To make a living on the internet, you have to make use of proper keywords. But it makes it sound like we're trying to get the soil pregnant... just had to laugh at that one. Seriously, soil fertility is concerned with the resident holding power of soil to provide nutrition in satisfactory amounts and in proper balance for the growth of your plants when the other growth factors like light, moisture, and temperature and the physical condition of the soil are appropriate. Soil fertility is one facet of the soil - plant relationship, namely plant growth, with reference to plant nutrients available in soil. A fertile soil is considered to be one that delivers…
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The Importance of Watering

The Importance of Watering

Watering
Quenching Their Thirst Once your garden has been planted, nothing is more important to its ability to thrive than water. When provided too little water, plants are unable to develop properly and become more susceptible to damage from pests. Too much water can of course be equally bad. In soil that is kept too moist plants become prone to rots and other diseases. For Want of a Little Water In my lifetime of gardening, I have many times been shown plants on death's door and asked what should they be sprayed with, as if there is some miracle chemical capable of reviving neglected gardens. Nine times out of ten, the answer is water. It never ceases to amaze me how people can spend hundreds, or even thousands, of dollars on…
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Chicken Laying Boxes

Chicken Laying Boxes

Chickens, Farm Animals
One of the most critical pieces of a new chicken coop is how and where to build the chicken laying boxes. This is important because if you don't give attention to a few, but basic rules, you have a healthy chicken coop, but lacking egg production. What to do and what to avoid. Nests should be placed in a darker corner of the coop. Hens like their privacy and prefer less light while they sit on the nest. With too much light and not enough privacy they can get nervous, even sometimes dropping their laying to about 3 a week. While many books will tell you that they will lay in smaller boxes, if you give your hens some space and make the cages between 12"x12" or even 14"x14", it…
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Blossoms falling off bean plants

Growing Food, Organic Gardening, Organic Pest & Disease Control
Bean blossom drop can occur when temperatures stay consistently over 90 degrees and/or if the plants are stressed. There's not much you can do about the heat except wait it out. It may help to put a breezy row cover over them to provide some shade. The plants may start producing again when the weather cools down. Blossoms can also drop off if the plants are stressed from drought, wind, or low humidity. In addition to green beans, tomatoes, peppers, and squash , too, can suffer from blossom drop once the temperatures exceed 85 degrees. "High temperature interferes with pollination, resulting in blossom drop, crooked or deformed pods due to the lack of ovule development", writes Henry G. Taber, Iowa State University Extension Service vegetable specialist, in the article, "Green…
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