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How to Use Compost in the Garden (Turn Your Waste into Plant Food)

It’s no surprise to anyone that compost is a very valuable asset in the garden, and a wonderfully natural way to add all the nutrients your plants need. There isn’t much to it. Compost is just decomposed organic material, and something anyone can make for themselves. But do you know the best way or the best time to use compost …

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How to Fix Iron Deficiency in Plants (Symptoms and Treatment Methods)

An iron deficiency in plants is recognized by yellowing leaves (there are other common causes, which I cover here). This happens when iron is lacking as plants can’t produce chlorophyll, which is what gives the plants the green color on their leaves and is also used to carry oxygen throughout the plant. Without chlorophyll, plants lack oxygen and since photosynthesis …

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How to Store Potting Soil Over the Winter (Or Any Time of the Year)

Gardening season has sadly come to an end for the year, and you still have quite a bit of potting soil on hand. Of course, you’ll want to keep that so you’re ready for any new seedlings in the spring. What’s the best approach? More on Potting Soil Potting soil is more than just dirt. Good potting mix is very …

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Drainage in Pots: Optimize Container Drainage for Healthier Plant Growth

Without good drainage in pots with healthy plants, roots can suffocate, root rot (see my fixes) can become an issue and salt can accumulate to levels high enough to burn plants. Suffice to say, it’s essential that any potted plants, either indoor plants or container plants in your garden, must have sufficient drainage for best growth, health and ultimately, be …

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Grow Bag Gardening: Benefits, How to Use, Sizing and More

Grow bags let gardeners grow in fresh soil, year-round, producing crops faster and get this, you don’t even need a garden to garden. How’s that? Because with the right know-how, grow bags can be used for gardening indoors, then moved outdoors or even put onto balconies. When you’re done growing fruits, vegetables and salad greens, pack up your bags and …

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How to Fix Fertilizer Burn on Plants (Signs and Treatment)

You know the old saying about having too much of a good thing. It’s true, and can be applied in many ways to gardening. In particular, having the right amount of fertilizer can make your plants thrive in lush greenery, but having too much is not good for them. Excess fertilizer will damage your plants, and leave them with “fertilizer …

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The Many Ways Plants Are Useful to Us

Everyone knows that plants are vital to the environment, and that they provide a lot more for us than just pretty flowers and summer shade. But it can be easy to lose sight of just how important plants are to us, and all the various positive ways they impact our lives. Food and Medicine Let’s start off with the most …

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What to Do with Old Garden Soil (3 Ideas to Make it Useful Again)

You’re finally realizing that your favorite garden bed, one you’ve been tending for years, is really not doing as well as it used to. It could be that the soil in there is just getting old and not able to support plants the way it used to. When Is Soil Considered Old? This is a bit of a tough question …