Grow Your Own Nitrogen

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Nitrogen (N) helps plants use carbohydrates to gain energy, like certain foods we eat help us to gain energy. Nitrogen controls how plants take their form and how they function inside, and nitrogen helps plants make protein that help them grow strong and healthy. Humans and animals benefit from eating vegetables and plants that are …

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Organic Fertilizers

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When used in reference to fertilizers, the word organic generally means that the nutrients contained in the product are derived solely from the remains or a by-product of an organism. Cottonseed meal, blood meal, fish emulsion, manure and sewage sludge are examples of organic fertilizers. Urea is a synthetic organic fertilizer, an organic substance manufactured …

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Healthy Soil Basics

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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 …

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Organic Gardening and Bugs

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You CAN balance organic gardening and bugs! I have focused on the soil for the last (large) number of years always hoping to get it just right, to have an exceptional year. Truth is, as I re-examine this idea, I have begun to realize that I want to validate something; many things. Time spent. Composting. …

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Blossom End Rot

Tomatoes grown in containers and indeterminate (vining) heirloom tomatoes can be more susceptible to Blossom End Rot (BER) that is caused by an inability to adequately uptake calcium from the soil. This condition is more likely caused by fluctuating moisture levels rather than a deficiency of calcium in the soil. But, it can also be …

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March Gardening Calendar

The biggest focus this month is, “When can I DO something?” If you have been asking yourself this question, the answer is a LOT! March is the month to really get started

Farmers Are Flocking to Manure

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The closest thing I can find to a directory on getting local manure is CraigsList. I am sure if you look hard enough you can find a location or farmer in your area that will happily supply you with enough manure to use for home organic gardening Then, I ran across this article, Why Farmers …

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Using Worm Castings For Your Indoor and Outdoor Plants

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Worm castings are one of the few available resources today that offer numerous proven benefits while offering no bad side effects. Not like pesticides and fertilizers with special hazardous handling advice, worm castings promote plants and root development without the side effects of ingesting malicious chemicals. Compost and worm castings are not one in the …

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Time To Feed The Fungi

Considered as one of the most strenuous annual chores when owning a home, dead leaves blowing in from a neighbors yard or just simply blowing makes one understand the invention of the chain saw. They provide shade in the heat of summer and spectacular color in autumn but the most important function of leaves on …

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