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Composting Basics: What (and What Not) to Compost

Deciding what to add to your compost begins with understanding what different kinds of organic materials bring to the microorganisms that will be breaking them down. All living things—or things that have once been alive—contain carbon and nitrogen, and this carbon and nitrogen is what microbes consume to cause decomposition. Carbon is used [...]

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Composting Basics: Types of Composters

Worm CompostingWorm composting, or vermicomposting, uses earthworms on top of the microorganisms at work already in the decomposition process to turn waste into usable compost. Worm composters and composting systems keep worms contained, and as you supply organic materials for the worms to eat, they pass it through their bodies and excrete castings, or [...]

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Composting Basics: The Composting Process

Around the world, people have become much more concerned with their environmental impact and the idea of sustainable living as both a way to protect the planet and reduce costs in the home. As a result, home composting has gotten increasingly popular as a method to reduce waste and improve gardens without spending money [...]

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A Quick Guide to Plant Nutrition

Like us, plants need a variety of nutrients to stay healthy and thriving. Most of us are aware of the N-P-K needs of plants (these values are clearly listed on the labels of most commercial fertilizers), but there are also several trace minerals and nutrients that are just as important to healthy plant growth. [...]

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Cleaning with Your Garden

Air QualityOur furniture and the products we use to clean it may make our homes more comfortable, but they contribute largely to the presence of toxins in the air. Carpeting, wood flooring, computers, and televisions, over time, can introduce some potentially harmful chemicals into the home—you just can’t always see them. For example, [...]

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Beneficial Weeds?

KudzuAsk anyone living in Georgia about his least favorite plant, and there’s a good chance you’ll learn a few things about the mile-a-minute vine or The Vine That Ate the South. Sadly, its nicknames aren’t inaccurate. Kudzu occupies an estimated seven million acres of land in the United States, mostly in the southeast, [...]

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Espalier Fruit Trees

Gardening in small spaces, as we know, can be a challenge, but clever gardeners are coming up with new approaches to maximizing yard space all of the time. Still, some planting dilemmas are difficult to solve without a lot of room. Take fruit trees, for example: how do you grow apples, pears, or [...]

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The Advantages of Alternative Ground Cover

With temperatures expected to reach just shy of eighty for the second day in our beautiful Maryland, we can finally be sure that spring is here.  Now is the time to loosen up the garden, apply compost and soil amendments, pick out plants and seeds, and have at some serious landscape maintenance and spring garden [...]

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Eco-Friendly Gardening

Native Plants“Plant native” is an oft-repeated phrase in the world of ecologically friendly gardening, but not without reason.  Greenhouses, catalogs, and the internet give gardeners the ability to find plants from all over the world to put in their landscape, provided they can survive the climate.  There are hybrid and hardy varieties of warmer weather [...]

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Water Gardening

So, you have filled all of your flowerbeds, pruned and manicured your trees and shrubs beautifully, and have more beans and corn and tomatoes and berries than you can give away.  What’s next?  If you are itching for a new and rewarding gardening project, you should get out your shovel and try your hand at [...]

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