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Till Vs No Till: Which Is Best?

For many vegetable gardeners it's tradition to till or turn over soil to prepare garden beds for planting. There are also newer methods for creating healthy soil for vegetable plants. Decide which works best for you!


N-P-K (Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium) Fertilizer: A Guide

Understanding fertilizer labels and what each nutrient provides to plants is essential when growing lawns, vegetables, fruits, and ornamental plants. The main three nutrients are nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium (NPK). These are boldly listed on fertilizer containers. Variations of the numbers produce different results when applied to plants.


How to Make Soil Less Acidic

Acidic soil will cause growth failure in plants, as they are unable to take up the necessary nutrients to thrive. Increase soil pH by adding lime or wood ashes at the appropriate time of year!


Organic vs. Non-Organic Soil

There are many differences between organic and non-organic soils. Mulch, compost, and manure are organic and will transform a nutrient-deficient soil into a rich organic environment for plants. Perlite, vermiculite, expanded clay aggregate, and rockwool are non-organic. They are heavily used in hydroponics and as soil amendments for potted plants.


Soil Preparation

Preparing soil for planting and gardening is often overlooked, but is essential to growing healthy plants. Many simple tests can be performed to determine soil composition, nutrients, and drainage. Fertilizing, tilling, and mulching are also vital when preparing soil for planting.


How to Reuse Potting Soil Safely

Lower the cost and reduce the hassle of filling seasonal containers by reusing last year’s potting soil. To minimize risk to your plants and maximize the effectiveness of used soil, follow these soil-recycling tips.