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The Annual Planting of the Annuals

The Annual Planting of the Annuals

I’ll admit it, flowers are an afterthought around our house. Not quite as much of an afterthought as our hardly-ever-get-pruned shrubs, but an afterthought, nonetheless. I guess it’s because the vegetables we grow feed us year round. So they get first dibs on the...
Soil Superstars Earthworms

Soil Superstars Earthworms

At Garden Maker, we like to say “If your garden is thriving, hug an earthworm!” These superstars build, enrich and move soil like no other organism. In fact, a visible and diverse population of earthworms is one of the best signs of healthy soil life; it means they...
Soil Superstars Birds & Bigger Critters

Soil Superstars Birds & Bigger Critters

We gardeners usually try to keep critters bigger than an earthworm out of the garden. Birds like to peck seeds right out of our rows and berries off our bushes, while mammals make a meal out of tender plants and vegetables we’d prefer to harvest for ourselves. Snakes...
Soil Science Too Much of a Good Nutrient Can Be Bad

Soil Science Too Much of a Good Nutrient Can Be Bad

If essential nutrients are really essential for healthy plant growth and development, more is better, right? Not so fast. We’ve all heard warnings about high-nutrient fertilizers having the potential to “burn” young plants. This is particularly true for chemical...