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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...
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....