gardening

Bat guano fertilizer
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February, March, and April are popular months to fertilize. There's some real confusion about what fertilizers are and why we use them. That confusion comes about because of the terms we use, such as "plant food" and we're "feeding" them.

Instead, fertilizer contains the elements the plants need to make food. Scientists have found there are 13 elements in the soil needed by plants to grown healthy. The elements used in the greatest quantities are nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium.


Illumination of Earth by Sun on the day of winter solstice on northern hemisphere.
Przemyslaw "Blueshade" Idzkiewicz / Wikimedia Commons

As a gardener, you must understand a fundamental principle of how plants grow. Plants consume light to provide the energy they need to power and build their bodies.

Plants are solar powered organisms. They use light energy to build sugar out of carbon dioxide and water. This sugar, along with tiny amounts of minerals absorbed from the soil, is used to build the body of the plant and run its biological processes.

You must learn the light preferences of a plant and provide that light as closely as possible. Nothing matters if you don't get the light right.

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The pace of things tends to slow down this time of the year in the garden. Although we may continue to plant, prepare beds, harvest winter vegetables, and enjoy cool season flowers, most gardeners tend to find this time of the year a more relaxed time.

Taking a little time now can save a little time and money when moving into high gear this coming spring.


Halloween in the Garden

Oct 31, 2015
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The Halloween season has put me in the mind to look at scary traditions, and relate them to some common gardening ideas and misconceptions.

So here goes Halloween in the Garden...


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As the weather cools down, it's a joy to get out into the garden on the weekends. There's often a lot of catchup to do after the long hot, summer.

As well as this is the prime planting season for cool season vegetables, bedding plants, and hearty trees, shrubs, and ground covers.


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