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Soil Science To Till or Not to Till

Soil Science To Till or Not to Till

Tilling has become a polarizing issue in gardening – there are those who can’t imagine gardening without tilling, and those who avoid it at all costs. But like most aspects of gardening, there are positives and negatives associated with tilling. Some of the best...
Soil Science The pHacts about soil pH

Soil Science The pHacts about soil pH

Growers of blueberries, azaleas, rhododendrons, potatoes and conifers know their plants need more acidic soil, while artichokes, asparagus, broccoli, parsnips and sunflowers prefer more alkaline soil. But why? The “pHact” is, it’s not that plants crave or detest acid....
Soil Science The Huge Importance of Humus

Soil Science The Huge Importance of Humus

Unlike hummus, humus is not very tasty with pita chips and feta cheese. It is, however, one of the most important components of healthy garden soil. Humus is the fully-decomposed remains of plant and animal life, broken down by bacteria, fungi and oxygen through a...
Soil Science Algae

Soil Science Algae

Now that we’ve covered the most important organisms in the soil food web from bacteria to birds, we’ll circle back to some peripheral players. First up is algae. Algae are single-celled or thread-like photosynthetic organisms. Most of us associate algae with water –...
Seed Saving Part 2 Vegetables

Seed Saving Part 2 Vegetables

Saving seeds isn’t just for flower gardeners! Seeds from open pollinated vegetables can also be saved successfully for one or more years, saving money and time spent flipping through seed websites. Some vegetable seeds even save themselves, popping up as “volunteers”...