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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How to Use Fertilizer in Your Yard to Prep for Spring

Prepare your yard for warmer days ahead with these fertilizing tips.

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Living Soil: Nurturing Your Garden from the Ground Up

Plants need air, water and food, and they get these primary elements is from the soil.

Fertilizer in a wheelbarrow.
Nutrient Management 5 - Fertilizer Application

Commercial fertilizers are normally a dry granular material.

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Organic Soil Preparation

Organic amendments break down and build a high quality organic soil for a plentiful garden.

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Working with Poor Soil Drainage

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

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Benifical Organic Soil Ingrediants for Growing Carrots

Organic soil is the preferred choice for gardens growing small quantities of fruits and vegetables.

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How To Maintain A Vermicompost Bin

Vermicompost is the most popular and successful form of compost.

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How to Boost Nitrogen in Soil With Hair

Nutrients help plants grow.

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How To Operate a Manure Spreader

Turn that waste into useful organic matter.

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Making Potting Soil Mix: Three Tips

Keep down costs and control your ingredients.

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Fertilizers - The Importance Of Phosphate

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

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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.

Worms and rich vermicompost in hands.
How to Harvest Your Vermicompost

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

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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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How to Eliminate Fruit Flies from Vermicompost

3 methods to control the flies in your worm bin.

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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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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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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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How to Lay Wood Chips in the Garden

Prevent weeds and protect your garden with wood chip mulch.

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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.

Turning clay soil by hand.
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.

Several terraces can be built to prevent water from eroding the soil as it flows downhill.
Preventing Soil Erosion on Slopes

Gardening on a slope can present a unique problem with erosion. Learn about what you can do to prevent it.

Humus Soil
Humus Soil 101

Humus is the most complete single source of nutrition for your garden.

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7 Ways to Make Your Own Rooting Hormone

Save money by whipping some up with household materials.

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How to Grow Sphagnum Moss

Sphagnum moss can grow into large, fluffy carpets.

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How to Use Gypsum in Clay Soil

Clay soil is high in minerals that plants need for growth, but it can also be high in acidity or contain