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My 2018 Resolution “Master” My Garden

My 2018 Resolution “Master” My Garden

The idea of mastering the art & science of gardening seems absurd to me (hence the quotes around “master” in the headline). There’s always something to learn, some new technique new to try, and a host of unforeseen circumstances that keep us gardeners humble and...

Much Ado About Mulching

Much Ado About Mulching

Mulches tend to be an aesthetic tool for many gardeners, creating pretty coverings for the empty spots between plants. So it’s not surprising that most mulching happens during spring and summer when gardens are at their aesthetic peak. But organic mulches are...

Meeting Soil Test Recommendations, Naturally

Meeting Soil Test Recommendations, Naturally

If you’ve completed a soil test this spring, you may have gotten a recommendation that says to apply a 30-20-10 fertilizer to support your soil nutrition. But fertilizer nutrient concentrations don’t run that high without chemical help. Thankfully, you can still meet...

Meeting Soil Test Recommendations, Naturally 2

Meeting Soil Test Recommendations, Naturally 2

If you’ve completed a soil test this spring, you may have gotten a recommendation that says to apply a 40-20-10 fertilizer to support your soil nutrition. A quick review of natural and organic fertilizers shows that nutrient concentrations don’t run that high without...

Meet the Microbes Protozoa

Meet the Microbes Protozoa

Next up on the microbe menu: protozoa. Beyond bacteria and fungi, soil microbes can’t produce their own food; larger microbes gobble up smaller organisms for sustenance. Protozoa are one of the main predators of bacteria, although they’ll sometimes eat fungi. The...

Meet the ‘Maker Bill, Builder of Fertilizer Formulas

Meet the ‘Maker Bill, Builder of Fertilizer Formulas

Have you found a Signature Formula that’s great for your garden? Did you use one of our suggested mixes as a base for your custom blend? You can thank Bill, our Chief Formulator, for the balanced nutrients you’re feeding your soil and plants. Bill was raised on farms...

Lessons Learned Starting Seeds

Lessons Learned Starting Seeds

We are a learn-as-we-go, better-every-year gardening family. And we’ve had plenty of learning experiences (ahem, mishaps) along the way… starting with where we start our seeds. Our first year of seed-starting, we used a grow light over plastic flats of seeds sprawled...

Inviting the Right Guests to Your Compost Table

Inviting the Right Guests to Your Compost Table

At this point in the year, gardening becomes less about growing and more about what to do with the garden debris. Deadheaded flowers, fall leaves, vegetable peelings – all that “waste” can be used to bring new life to your spring soil through composting. An infusion...

Investigate the Ingredients Cottonseed Meal

Investigate the Ingredients Cottonseed Meal

By now garden season is well underway, and many young plants are in their rapid initial growth period, meaning they are craving nitrogen in high amounts, along with many other nutrients. Cottonseed meal is a wonderful nitrogen-rich fertilizer for young plants because...

Investigate the Ingredients Corn Gluten Meal

Investigate the Ingredients Corn Gluten Meal

If your lawn or garden needs some speedy green, corn gluten meal may be a great choice – with some major cautions. At 9% nitrogen, it has one of the highest nitrogen concentrations of any natural & organic fertilizer, and is also one of the fastest release...

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My 2018 Resolution “Master” My Garden

The idea of mastering the art & science of gardening seems absurd to me (hence the quotes around “master” in the headline). There’s always something to learn, some new technique new to try, and a host of unforeseen circumstances that keep us gardeners humble and...

Much Ado About Mulching

Mulches tend to be an aesthetic tool for many gardeners, creating pretty coverings for the empty spots between plants. So it’s not surprising that most mulching happens during spring and summer when gardens are at their aesthetic peak. But organic mulches are...

Meeting Soil Test Recommendations, Naturally

If you’ve completed a soil test this spring, you may have gotten a recommendation that says to apply a 30-20-10 fertilizer to support your soil nutrition. But fertilizer nutrient concentrations don’t run that high without chemical help. Thankfully, you can still meet...

Meeting Soil Test Recommendations, Naturally 2

If you’ve completed a soil test this spring, you may have gotten a recommendation that says to apply a 40-20-10 fertilizer to support your soil nutrition. A quick review of natural and organic fertilizers shows that nutrient concentrations don’t run that high without...

Meet the Microbes Protozoa

Next up on the microbe menu: protozoa. Beyond bacteria and fungi, soil microbes can’t produce their own food; larger microbes gobble up smaller organisms for sustenance. Protozoa are one of the main predators of bacteria, although they’ll sometimes eat fungi. The...

Meet the ‘Maker Bill, Builder of Fertilizer Formulas

Have you found a Signature Formula that’s great for your garden? Did you use one of our suggested mixes as a base for your custom blend? You can thank Bill, our Chief Formulator, for the balanced nutrients you’re feeding your soil and plants. Bill was raised on farms...

Lessons Learned Starting Seeds

We are a learn-as-we-go, better-every-year gardening family. And we’ve had plenty of learning experiences (ahem, mishaps) along the way… starting with where we start our seeds. Our first year of seed-starting, we used a grow light over plastic flats of seeds sprawled...

Inviting the Right Guests to Your Compost Table

At this point in the year, gardening becomes less about growing and more about what to do with the garden debris. Deadheaded flowers, fall leaves, vegetable peelings – all that “waste” can be used to bring new life to your spring soil through composting. An infusion...

Investigate the Ingredients Cottonseed Meal

By now garden season is well underway, and many young plants are in their rapid initial growth period, meaning they are craving nitrogen in high amounts, along with many other nutrients. Cottonseed meal is a wonderful nitrogen-rich fertilizer for young plants because...

Investigate the Ingredients Corn Gluten Meal

If your lawn or garden needs some speedy green, corn gluten meal may be a great choice – with some major cautions. At 9% nitrogen, it has one of the highest nitrogen concentrations of any natural & organic fertilizer, and is also one of the fastest release...