Soil Prep & Fertilizers

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Can You Make Your Own Fertilizer?

Some foods are compost superstars.

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The Best DIY Organic Fertilizers

Save money in your garden by making DIY fertilizers.

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How to Prep Soil for Fall Gardening

Give your crops the best chance to grow to their potential.

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What Plants Fix Depleted Soil

They pull vital elements out of the air and into the earth.

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What Soil Is Best For Sweet Corn Gardening?

Some plants, like corn, are not demanding about the soil they are grown in.

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Why Calcified Seaweed is a Great Organic Fertilizer

Calcified seaweed makes a good organic fertilizer for many reasons.

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Different Manure Spreader Designs

The broadcast and pendulum models are the most common.

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Organic Fertilizer for Root Growth - Phosphate Rock

How to use a rock as fertilizer.

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How to Harvest Your Vermicompost

Let the worms do the work. You just collect your compost when it's ready.

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Fertilizers - What Does N-P-P Mean?

Your dirt needs the right nutrient mix to perform optimally.

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Combating Soil Erosion in the Garden

Prevent erosion, and turn slopes, hills and valleys into wonderful landscapes.

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What Nutrients Does Fish Emulsion Contain For Plants?

Fish emulsion is a great additive to soil and compost piles because it is rich in trace elements.

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How to Eliminate Fruit Flies from Vermicompost

3 methods to control the flies in your worm bin.

Fish heads ready to fertilize.
What is Hydrolyzed Fish Fertilizer?

Try this natural and ancient garden food.

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Fertilizing A Fuchsia

Fuchsia plants create beautiful, downward hanging flowers that are easily identified by their shape.

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How to Maintain a Fertilizer Spreader

Part of the responsibility of owning a fertilizer spreader is maintenance.

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How To Add Your Mixed Humus Into Soil

Add humus to any type of soil to give it more vitality. Humus is rich in plant nutrients and minerals.

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Preparing Flowerbed Soil for Planting

4 steps to fertile soil.

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Improve Clay Soil in 5 Easy Steps

Turn packed earth into fertile ground.

3 Types of Fertilizer Spreaders

Use the right spreader for the right situation.

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What Organic Fertilizer Is Best For Asparagus Gardening?

Lots of growers use organic fertilizer.

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How to Use Sphagnum Moss in Container Gardening

Sphagnum moss grows naturally in many locations and is a popular material for container gardening.

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12 Common Vermicomposting Problems And Solutions

An established vermicomposting bin is essentially a self-contained ecosystem.

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Topsoil 101: Basic Composition and Function

Topsoil is one of those things that every yard needs.

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How to Fix Acidic Soil Organically

Raise the pH for more alkaline soil and happier plants.

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How to Turn a Trailer into a Manure Spreader

You can make a useful manure spreader from your old box trailer.

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How To Operate a Manure Spreader

Turn that waste into useful organic matter.

Fertilizer in a wheelbarrow.
Nutrient Management 5 - Fertilizer Application

Commercial fertilizers are normally a dry granular material.

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Transplanting a Plant From Soil to Hydro

All you need to know for moving your plants into a hydroponic environment.

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How to Eliminate Termites in Soil

Learn the ins and outs of treatment.

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Fertilizers - The Importance Of Phosphate

Along with two other nutrients, this one balances out soil.

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How to Boost Nitrogen in Soil With Hair

Nutrients help plants grow.

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How to Create Your Own Topsoil

Improving your growing medium is easier than you think.

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Working with Poor Soil Drainage

Soil conditions don't have to be perfect for all plants.

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How to Lay Wood Chips in the Garden

Prevent weeds and protect your garden with wood chip mulch.

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The Properties of Clay Soil

Use clay soil effectively by knowing these traits.

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How to Create Urea Fertilizer

If you do much gardening, you know how the cost of fertilizer can add up over a growing season, but it

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How to Use Firewood Ash as Fertilizer

Help your garden with waste from your fireplace.

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Creating the Right Soil Mix for Square Foot Gardening

An efficient "soil" for intensive gardening.

Blue fertilizer in brown paper bag.
Dangerous Fertilizer Chemicals to be Aware of

Look out for these in inorganic fertilizers.

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Organic vs. Inorganic Fertilizer

We'll tell you what's best for your garden.

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How to Loosen Clay Soil for More Oxygen

Turn difficult, packed earth into fertile soil.

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5 Things to Know About Clay Soil

Use clay to your advantage in the garden by learning what it can do. Here's the dirt on clay soil.

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Enrich Garden Soil in Four Ways

A great garden starts with the earth. Don't just tend your plants, tend the soil they grow in.