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For our final August gardening tip, we want to discuss composting. Composting is not only a good practice for your garden, but it is also a good practice for the Earth.Creating nutrient-rich compost for gardens will save you money on purchasing pricey soil amendments, but it will also save perfectly compostable materials from rotting in a landfill and producing harmful gases. It also reduces the risk of soil diseases because of the high nutrients grounded into the soil and protects plant roots from sun and wind damage.

Here are a few benefits to garden composting:

1) Few runs to the dump: Think about it, if you are re-using waste for fertilizer, then you are making less trips and are helping your garden thrive. This, in return, helps lessen the burden on landfills. Lesson learned: Recycle/Reuse.

2) Free Soil for Fertilizer: Well-made compost contains nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium; and by composting, you will have nutrient-rich soil that does not contain added synthetic fertilizer. This will grow an all-natural organic garden especially during the first or second year of growing.

3) Lowers Water Bills: You won't need to run water to your plants thanks to composting. Composters help the soil from drying out and trap moisture. Therefore, you are saving money on your water bill. You're welcome.

Worm composting and compost bins, create rich compost by adding a water saving resource to your garden. Composters hold moisture in the soil and help retain needed nutrients.

So, there you have it gardeners! Help the Earth and your garden by composting. You'll be glad you did such a simple gardening task.

To learn how to take care of your composter, watch this Mastergardening.com Youtube clip:

August Gardening Tip #3: Preparing Your Cold Frame

You've worked so hard on your garden all Spring and Summer. Don't give up on your plants now! You can extend the growing season by investing in a cold frame this August. A cold frame is a simple structure that utilizes solar energy and insulation to create a moderate climate for your garden; so they [...]

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August Gardening Tip # 2: Pruning

The summer season may be winding down; but there is still much to do around the garden. In preparation for Fall, you will need to begin pruning your flowers. Not only does pruning improve the over all appearance of your plants; but pruning your garden promotes plant health; so be sure to do the following: 1) [...]

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August is Forest Pest Awareness Month

The Asian Longhorned Beetle has claimed thousands of urban and rural forest trees and damage to homes with wood floors since their emergence in 1996. Since arriving in the United States, ALB have been spotted in New York City, Chicago, Jersey City, Boston and even Toronto, Canada. More than 30,000 hardwood trees have been affected [...]

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August Gardening Tip #1: Water Plants Often

Watering your plants is critical especially in hot weather. It will help your plants thrive and will minimize the risk of disease. Tomatoes are unforgiving in the heat and are prone to dry out if left without water. Mastergardening.com suggests that you water your vegetables 2-3 times a week and get down into the soil [...]

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Protect Yourself From West Nile Virus

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), West Nile Virus is the most common virus transmission between humans and mosquitoes. At this time, there are no medications or vaccinations to prevent against West Nile Virus. However, the CDC does recommend that you use plenty of insect repellents.Below are some frequently asked questions about West Nile Virus stated on [...]

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Managing a Garden While Living in An Apartment

Fellow gardeners, I used to live in a studio apartment in Washington, DC; and although I loved my bachelorette pad, it wasn't entirely practical for managing a gardening. I didn't think that I would be able to grow organic vegetables or fruits from the comfort of my own house until I received helpful gardening tips [...]

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July is National Picnic Month

July is my favorite month. It may be toasty outside; but it is a great time of year to play outdoors. Best of all, it's National Picnic Month. Mastergardening.com has a variety of on-the-go picnic baskets for you to use at the park, beach, or anywhere you wish to enjoy a potluck lunch outdoors with [...]

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July is National Blueberry Month

National Blueberry MonthIn July 2003, the U.S. Department of Agriculture proclaimed that July is National Blueberry Month across the United States because this is the peak of the harvest season.This month, we are celebrating one of America's favorite smoothie fruits by bringing you fun facts, recipes and more all on Mastergardening.com. Here are a few [...]

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How Are You Celebrating Independence Day?

It's almost America's birthday; and Mastergardening.com is excited to share it with all of you. Whether you plan to bake a homemade pie, grill food, or simply relax around the house with family and friends, we have everything you need to make this year's celebration enjoyable. Below, are a few of our favorite 4th of [...]

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