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Cover Crops For Gardens: what are they and how do I choose one?

Cover crops are one of the most important tools in the organic gardener’s toolbox. Although it might seem wasteful to grow plants that you won’t eat, the benefits to your garden are well worth it. Cover crops protect the soil, help improve soil structure and provide you with all the organic matter you need. Using …

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How Much Lime To Raise pH 1 Point: lime types, amount, and how long it takes

Managing and shifting soil pH is one of the more technical skills you need to learn as a gardener. We have a great article about making the soil more alkaline, but what if you only need to shift the pH by 1? Sometimes only a small shift is necessary. In this article, I’ll teach you …

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How To Add Manure To Your Vegetable Garden: which type, how much, and when?

Aged farm animal manure is one of the most valuable ingredients you can bring to your garden. It is arguably the most important addition to your soil, which is why it lovingly goes by the term ‘black gold’. Manure is so important for the health of your garden that every gardener should feel comfortable adding …

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How To Grow Water Chestnuts: grow them at home guide(you don’t have to live in Asia!)

Water chestnuts are delicious tubers, which are primarily cultivated and eaten in China. Normally found canned at the supermarket, it’s possible to grow water chestnuts yourself. All you need is a starter plant, a bucket, soil, water, and some patience. Keep in mind that it is a water plant, so growing water chestnuts might be …

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How To Grow Sphagnum Moss: what it is, growing your own, types and uses

Sphagnum moss, also referred to as peat moss, is one of the most common soil amendments for gardeners. This versatile material is cheap and can be used in garden beds, pots, terrariums, and even hanging baskets. In this article, I’ll show you how to grow sphagnum moss at home so you’ll always have some at …

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What are Perennial Vegetables: 5 Great Examples

Perennial vegetables are those that come back year after year without replanting. Their long lifecycles make them well worth the initial effort and patience. Asparagus patches, for example, can last up to one hundred years. The permanent nature of perennial vegetables allows me to enjoy harvests almost year-round, build up soil structure, and adds an …

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How To Grow Asparagus From Cuttings

Asparagus is an extremely nutritious and delicious gourmet perennial vegetable. You can grow asparagus from seed or cuttings, they are low maintenance and come back year after year. Asparagus patches can live for up to 30 years and some gardeners have even reported 100-year-old asparagus patches! The biggest drawback to growing your own asparagus is …

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When Should You Sow Turnips

Turnips are a fast-growing root crop that is ideally suited for beginner gardeners. They are also perfect crops for the times between seasons when temperatures are warm during the day and cold at night. This is also a time when garden beds are empty or sparse. So when should you sow turnips? Depending on the …

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