QUESTION: What is peat moss made of? Moss sounds like it comes from a creek or something. - Arthur M ANSWER: I’m so glad you asked! Peat moss is an exciting and controversial topic in gardening. Let’s begin with the basics: what is peat moss made of and where does it come … [Read more...]
Should I Put Coffee Grounds in My Garden?
QUESTION: Should I put coffee grounds in my garden? I’ve heard conflicting advice. — Vivica B. ANSWER: Coffee grounds should only be used in your garden if you’re growing acid-loving plants, and even then it should be used carefully. You can also mix coffee into compost if you … [Read more...]
What Is Gardening Sand?
QUESTION: What is gardening sand? I keep reading about gardening sand, but I don’t know what it is. And what is the difference between gardening sand and builders’ sand, coarse sand, horticultural grit, horticultural sand, quartz sand, and sharp sand? — Jessie G. … [Read more...]
What is double digging in a garden?
QUESTION: What is double digging in a garden? I saw it in a vegetable gardening book and I don't even know what it means. ANSWER: Double digging is a great way to get better soil, faster. The idea is to remove the topsoil of your garden bed. Once the topsoil is removed, add … [Read more...]
What is the difference between potting soil and potting mix?
QUESTION: What is the difference between potting soil and potting mix? Sometimes I see information online where they recommend one, and sometimes the other. Does it even matter? Yolanda W ANSWER: Potting soil and potting mix are terms typically used interchangeably. Therefore, … [Read more...]
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