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Organic vs. Chemical Fertilizers, and Those 3 Little Numbers

This article describes and explains the chemical components of synthetic fertilizer and the meaning of those three numbers on the bags and bottles. Also included is a list of organic sources of fertilizer for each of the components.


How to Make Cactus and Succulent Soil Mix

Learn how to make your own cactus and succulent potting mix using three simple ingredients—soil, grit, and horticultural sand.


How Cacti and Succulent Soil Is Different From Ordinary Potting Soil

What's the difference between regular potting soil and soil made for growing cacti and succulents? Does it even matter? Learn how to get the best results for all your plants, starting with soil!


What Can Epsom Salts Do for Your Plants?

Magnesium sulfate, also known as Epsom salt, will improve plant vigor, productivity, and the quality of fruits and vegetables in soils with magnesium deficiency.


How to Dispose of Large Amounts of Old Potting Soil

In this article, I will describe how to dispose of potting soil. Learn the ways to get rid of large amounts of old potting soil in your home or business premises.


How to Create a No-Till Garden: Healthier Soil and Less Work

Healthier soil and less labor—what is there not to love about no-tilling gardening? Read on to learn this marvelous method of gardening.


Understanding Soil Types and Water Absorbed in Your Garden

You can make your garden better by understanding soil. Some soil types can absorb and hold moisture like rich chocolate cake, while others resist water like the surface of a saltine cracker. Why does this happen? What difference does it make? It all begins with learning the basics of soil texture.


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!


Understanding Your Garden’s Soil

A successful garden starts with having healthy soil—not just any dirt will grow plants well. Learn about what you can do to start your garden out positively.


5 Ways to Enrich Your Garden Soil

Get your flower and vegetable garden off to a beneficial start with natural soil amendments. Keep your soil healthy and you’ll create a productive and quality bumper crop.


How to Prepare Your Soil for Attractive, Healthy Plants

Good soil is the foundation of a successful garden. If you want healthy plants, you need to know your soil and how to prepare it for planting flowers, shrubs, and trees.


Your Soil Is the Foundation of Your Homestead

This article will provide you with the knowledge to test, examine and amend soils for all types of gardens, from a small-space balcony garden to an in-ground vegetable plot to an animal-fodder patch.


How to Check Your Soil's pH Without Purchasing a Soil Testing Kit

Understanding the type of soil you have will allow you to be a more successful gardener. But how does one get to know more about their soil? By conducting a soil pH test, of course!


Know Your Different Types of Soil to Grow a Beautiful Garden

If you don't know which type of soil you have, you won't know which types of flowers, shrubs, and trees you are going to be able to grow with any success. This article will review the different soil types, show you how to determine which type you have, and show ways of amending it.


How to Prepare Soil for Planting and Growing a Healthy Vegetable Garden

Knowing the characteristics of your soil is something many novice gardeners fail to do before planting. Read about pH levels, N-P-K levels, and mulching.


What Is a Soil Test & Why Do You Need One?

Before you go out and spend money on fertilizer that you may or may not need, call your local extension office and request a soil test kit to determine the pH and nutrients in your soil.


How to Amend Raised-Bed Garden Soil

Each year, you should amend the soil in your raised garden bed to keep it fresh and to avoid soil compaction. Here is a very simple way to do it.


What Is That Orange Fungus Growing in My Mulch?

Something may be hiding in your mulch. Something which may make you ask, "What is the orange fungus growing in my mulch?" The answer is not what you expect.


Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium (NPK) Fertilizer Guide

Understanding nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium (NPK) fertilizer labels is essential to growing lush, healthy lawns, vegetables, fruits, and ornamental plants. The quantity of each nutrient is equally important.


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!


Preparing Soil for a New Garden

How to go from no garden to new garden using simple methods and only hand tools.


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.


How to Prepare Garden Soil for Planting

Preparing soil for planting and gardening is essential to growing healthy plants. Learn how to test and prepare your soil properly.


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.


How to Improve Clay Soil and Poor Garden Drainage

Learn how to change the texture of your garden's clay for easier gardening, as well as how to improve clay soil drainage.


Leaf Mold: Use Fall Leaves to Improve Garden Soil

Don't throw away those dry leaves, but make a fine, carbon-rich compost for your garden. This article will show you how to use leaf mold to improve the texture of your soil.


How to Take a Soil Sample

Learn how to prepare a soil sample for testing, locate a testing center near you (even if you're an organic gardener), and read your test results.