Heirloom Tomatoes and Disease Resistance

Heirloom Tomatoes and Disease Resistance

Growing Food, Organic Gardening
Unlike hybrid tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes have not been tested and bred for disease resistance. For this reason, they may or may not have some natural resistance to various diseases. However, it is beneficial to remember that these unique varieties would not have been saved if they were not both productive and tasty. You can give your heirloom tomato plants the greatest odds for good health and keep them producing well by incorporating basic organic methods to make sure your plants have good air circulation (a few feet between them), good soil drainage, and full sun.
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5 Easy Steps to Sustainable Gardening

5 Easy Steps to Sustainable Gardening

Organic Gardening, Sustainable Landscaping
1) Observe your space Where is the sun / shade? (watch the patterns during the growing season throughout the day) How is the land sloped? (south faces warmer & sunnier than north - use to your advantage!) Is it windy? (plant some trees or shrubs to act as a windbreak!) 2) Think about what you like to eat and see! plant some of your favorites! choose varieties that are suited for your climate (local garden stores usually specialize in these!) plan plantings that compliment each other (grow sunflowers as a trellis for pole beans!) 3) Soil is the start work soil in spring only when it begins to dry (not when soggy you'll lose important soil structure!) add Organic Matter! add Organic Matter! add Organic Matter! (in the form of…
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Soil, Foundation Of Your Garden

Soil & Compost
The foundation of any garden, be it organic, container, square foot whatever, is it's soil but how many of us actually understand how these soils develop into the different types we have in our garden, mine is almost solid clay.  It is my frequent mutter that you could take a spade of soil and dump it straight onto the Potter's Wheel! Soil is created from the primeval actions of the earth in its growth and development. Formed of rock mixed with vegetable and animal material over eons of time it becomes the friable and crumbly humus we like to have in our gardens. As the rocks moved and collided they were gradually ground down to form the fine particles that we associate with our soil, and so it still goes…
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7 Required Components of a Compost Pile

7 Required Components of a Compost Pile

Organic Gardening, Soil & Compost
Compost, made from decomposed grass clippings, leaves, twigs, and branches, becomes a dark, crumbly mixture of organic matter. Learn how composting works. Even a newbie to composting can make good quality compost. It can be compared to cooking as art or part science. The following 7 factors will help you master the art of composting. Components of a Compost Pile After a time anything that was once alive will naturally decompose. But, not all organic items should be composted for the garden. To prepare compost, organic material, microorganisms, air, water, and a small amount of nitrogen are needed. These items are safe to compost at home: * grass clippings * trimmings from hedges * vegetable scraps * leaves * potting soil that has grown old * twigs * coffee filters…
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Vermicomposting? What’s THAT? Composting with vermin?

Vermicomposting? What’s THAT? Composting with vermin?

Organic Gardening, Our Homestead, Vermicomposting
Vermicomposting? Aaaaaa hahaha... honest to God, that's the first thing that went through my mind when I first saw the word. I'm SO not kidding. But it's meaning is this... the use of specially bred earthworms, esp. to aerate soil and convert organic matter into compost; also called vermicuture vermi = worm culture. Sound sort of icky, but have you EVER smelled BAD compost? Ewwwwww. Now, have you ever smelled the forest floor? Good clean soil? Actually the soil is down below. In a good forest, the first four inches or so is humus (A brown or black organic substance consisting of partially or wholly decayed vegetable or animal matter that provides nutrients for plants and increases the ability of soil to retain water.) I was going somewhere with this...…
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What Affects the Absorption of Soil Nutrients?

Soil & Compost
There are many reasons that plants can or cannot absorb nutrients contained in the soil they are growing in. It is as complicated. Consider the vitamin and mineral supplements you choose to take into your own body. How do you choose? Why do you think you need them? One thing goes without saying and yet, it is the most very important, for your body and for the organic food you grow... Creating a healthy environment is the most effective way to deter disease. An important factor in adding nutrients to your garden form. Generally, inorganic, fast-release, or liquid forms are faster-acting than organic, slow-release, or dry forms. Compared to synthetic fertilizer formulations, most organic fertilizers contain relatively low concentrations of actual nutrients. Soil compositionSoils high in clay particles will absorb…
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