How To – Fall Garden Composting Improving Your Soil For Spring

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    At the end of every growing season vegetable gardeners are faced with a large amount of plant material that needs to be removed. All season these plants have been sucking the nutrients out of your soil to grow the tasty vegetables you have been eating and now they can be recycled to improve not only the nutrients but soil quality for next year.

    You should begin the collection of your compost throughout the growing season …

    How To – Drying Herbs

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      Fresh herbs are great year round but growing healthy herbs during winter months can be difficult if your location does not get enough sun. The easiest way to extend your harvest is to dry your harvested herbs and store them in air tight containers.

      The simplest method is to hang the herbs in small bunches in a warm dark place until they dry naturally. This could take a few days to a couple weeks …

      How To – Harvesting And Drying Basil

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        Its been a long growing season and if your lucky your Basil plants should be about a foot and a half tall and provided lots of great seasoning all summer long.

        If you have a three season room that gets lots of light then you could probably bring your plants indoors if you planted them in containers like we did but you risk the chance of bringing in insects that live in the soil. A …

        How To – Growing Broccoli

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          Broccoli is one of the most popular vegetables for home gardeners. 

          Although many people attempt growing broccoli from seed doing so will probably result in poor results for the beginner.

          Belonging to the cole family along with cauliflower, brussels sprouts, collards, kale, kohlrabi and, of course, cabbage.

          Start your plants early in spring or late summer. They like the bright cooler days  60F – 80F to promote good growth and will resist some colder days in fall.

          Soil Quality
          Soil should …

          Coldframes and Small Greenhouses

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            In early spring, a coldframe or mini greenhouse is useful starting your plants early or for hardening small plants that were started indoors.

            Making a cold frame is relatively easy. If you are lucky you can find a discarded old window on trash day if not you may be able to get one cheap from used construction materials center. If not you make your coldframe from new materials.

            First decide how large your Coldframe …

            Soil Testing Service – Businesses

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              Farmers Gardeners and other Developers often need Soil Testing Services performed.

              Most State Colleges with Agricultural Programs will test soil for free or at discounted rates to teach and offset the cost of their programs. You should contact your State Department of Agriculture and local College for additional information.

              This Directory is not an endorsement of the businesses or the quality of work they perform and should only be used as a starting point for your research.

              BBC Laboratories, Inc.
              1217 North Stadem …

              How To – What You Should Know About Manure

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                Heh pretty nice name for a HowTo but the fact is there are a lot of people that don’t know the differences between commercial manner and soil additives and what you might pickup at a local horse or other animal farm.

                One of the strangest things we constantly see in our local newspaper is advertisements in the Give Away section from horse owners that want to get rid of their Manure.  The bad part about …

                Improving your Soil with Peat Moss

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                  Every previous season of growing drains your garden soil of nutrients. Chemical fertilizers will only improve one aspect of good soil conditions. To have healthy soil you need organic materials that will hold water and allow the roots to spread easily while growing.

                  There are a few different methods of adding organic materials to you garden. The least expensive is mulching. This is where you pile up last seasons leftover plants and rotten …

                  How To – Seasons First Harvest Of Radishes

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                    Well it is that time of year again and if you haven’t begun your garden there is no time like now to get started.

                    This year we were lucky to have a winter cover crop of Collards and Spinach that survived and is growing well but our first harvest of this season is our radishes.

                    Radishes are one of the easiest crops to grow and you can start them after there is no chance of frost …

                    How To – Growing Your Own Mushrooms – Shiitake Portabella Oyster

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                      Kitchen & Housewares : Shiitake Mushroom Growing PlugsMushrooms are now playing a larger part in our diets but the cost of buying some of our favorite varieties means they are often served at special meals or not as often as we may want.

                      If you have parents old enough you may have heard stories about their going to the woods and gathering wild mushrooms but unless you have a decent amount of skill and training this …