By Erin Marissa Russell Soil solarization uses high temperatures to kill insects, weeds, and pathogens in moist soil, using the heat of the sun instead of the chemicals often employed. It requires enough plastic sheeting to cover the desired area, water, and a bit of time and … [Read more...]
How to Improve Soil Drainage in Your Garden
By Erin Marissa Russell Want to know how to improve soil drainage in your garden? One thing you’ll see on the care instructions for almost any plant is good drainage. Let’s take a look at why soil drainage is important and how to test your soil’s drainage as well as some ways … [Read more...]
What can I do about waterlogged areas of my vegetable garden?
QUESTION: What can I do about waterlogged areas of my vegetable garden? The best spot in my back yard that gets the most direct sunlight also happens to not have very good drainage, so I'd like to fix that. - Agnes G ANSWER: If you have waterlogged areas in your garden, the … [Read more...]
7 Easy Methods to Add Nitrogen to Your Soil
By Bethany Cihon Garden soil is an intricate web of nutrients and vitamins, working together to grow and nourish your plants. One of the essential nutrients is nitrogen, and a deficiency will quickly show both in the appearance and growth pattern of your plants. If you suspect … [Read more...]
How long does it take to solarize soil?
Question: How long does it take to solarize soil? I am interested in trying it out, but I don't necessarily want to leave a bunch of plastic on the ground for a super long time if I don't have to. How does it work? - Julia W Answer: It generally takes around eight weeks to … [Read more...]
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