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Which Animal Manure is Best For Home Gardens? 
The choices can be overwhelming so how do you know which composted manure is best for the garden? The answer is not so simple but there are things to check for. Growing Vegetables, Compost, Garden Fertilizer, Gardening For Beginners, Garden Soil, Manure Fertilizer, Gardening Tips, Soil Improvement, Manure
Which Animal Manure is Best For Home Gardens?
Which Animal Manure is Best For Home Gardens? The choices can be overwhelming so how do you know which composted manure is best for the garden? The answer is not so simple but there are things to check for.
Animal manures are an excellent source of nutrients for our gardens and help improve soil structure. But which ones are best? Cattle? Sheep? Horse? Chicken? Alpaca? Also, find out why manure should be composted before use and what to know before you buy.
Which Animal Manure is Best For Home Gardens?
Animal manures are an excellent source of nutrients for our gardens and help improve soil structure. But which ones are best? Cattle? Sheep? Horse? Chicken? Alpaca? Also, find out why manure should be composted before use and what to know before you buy.
Garden with soil and flowering plants. Flowers, Ideas, Outdoor, Gardening, Tips, Mulch, Easy, Landscape
Buying Soil For Your Garden? Read This First
Whether marketed as topsoil, black soil, black earth, or some other catchy phrase, it’s not easy to know what’s in the bag. Use these tips to help guide your soil shopping decisions.
Coffee cup and tomatoes growing in the garden. Organic Gardening, Coffee Grounds Garden, Plant Nutrients, Uses For Coffee Grounds, Coffee Grounds, Plant Food, Pot Plants, Organic Vegetables, Organic Vegetable Garden
What to Know Before Adding Coffee Grounds to Your Garden
While coffee grounds are a source of plant nutrients, they can cause problems. The best practice is to compost them first before using them as a soil amendment.
Flower pot, potting mix, and trowel. Container Gardening, Potting Soil, Dry Container, Soil Additives, Reap What You Sow, Organic Fertilizer
What to Know Before Reusing Old Potting Mix
While reusing potting mix is common, it can harbor disease and impact plant health. Use our tips to determine when it’s time for a refresh.
How to use cardboard to transform lawn into new garden beds. Raised Garden Beds, Garden Landscaping, Fruit, Making Garden Beds, Yard Work, Yard Landscaping, Garden Projects
The Cardboard Method For Turning Lawn Into Garden Beds
How to use cardboard to transform lawn into new garden beds.
Use this handy soil calculator to calculate the total size (volume) of your garden bed, raised bed, flower pot, container, or window box to know how much soil, mulch, compost, or potting mix you need and the estimated cost to fill it. Soil Amendment, Organic Soil, Soil Health, Fertilizer, Gardening Hacks
Soil Calculator (Mulch, Compost, & Potting Mix Too)
Use this handy soil calculator to calculate the total size (volume) of your garden bed, raised bed, flower pot, container, or window box to know how much soil, mulch, compost, or potting mix you need and the estimated cost to fill it.
Buying Soil For Your Garden? Read This First Diy
Buying Soil For Your Garden? Read This First
Buying Soil For Your Garden? Read This First
How to Make Leaf Mold (Free Organic Soil Amendment) Boost the health and fertility of your garden soil by making your own leaf mold. Leaf mold is a valuable organic soil amendment that adds nutrients, improves soil structure, and enhances moisture retention. It is also an eco-friendly way to reuse fallen leaves from your yard. Nice, Clay Soil, Diy Leaves
How to Make Leaf Mold (Free Organic Soil Amendment) | Empress of Dirt
How to Make Leaf Mold (Free Organic Soil Amendment) Boost the health and fertility of your garden soil by making your own leaf mold. Leaf mold is a valuable organic soil amendment that adds nutrients, improves soil structure, and enhances moisture retention. It is also an eco-friendly way to reuse fallen leaves from your yard.
Well-Draining Soil: How to Check If You Have It Use this simple test to determine how "well-draining" the soil in your garden is. This will help with plant selections and planting location choices. Clematis Plants, Garden Irrigation, Wellness
Well-Draining Soil: How to Check If You Have It | Empress of Dirt
Well-Draining Soil: How to Check If You Have It Use this simple test to determine how "well-draining" the soil in your garden is. This will help with plant selections and planting location choices.
Compost Versus Compost Tea: Which is Better? | Empress of Dirt Tea, Compost Tea, Nutrient
Compost Versus Compost Tea: Which is Better? | Empress of Dirt
Compost Versus Compost Tea: Which is Better? | Empress of Dirt
Got Acidic Soil (Low pH)? These Plants Won't Mind If your soil pH is naturally low, these plants will appreciate it. Soil Ph, Plant Diseases, Acid Loving Plants, Best Perennials, Hardy Perennials
Got Acidic Soil (Low pH)? These Plants Won't Mind | Empress of Dirt
Got Acidic Soil (Low pH)? These Plants Won't Mind If your soil pH is naturally low, these plants will appreciate it.
What is Soil pH and How to Work With It You hear pH mentioned a lot in gardening but do you know what it is and how it affects your plants? This simple beginner guide explains what it is, why it matters, but also why it's best to work with it and not against it. Seed Starting Soil
What is Soil pH and How to Work With It | Empress of Dirt
What is Soil pH and How to Work With It You hear pH mentioned a lot in gardening but do you know what it is and how it affects your plants? This simple beginner guide explains what it is, why it matters, but also why it's best to work with it and not against it.
What is No-Dig Gardening and Should I Try It? What to know about no-dig gardening and how it may benefit your garden. Garden Veggies
What is No-Dig Gardening and Should I Try It? | Empress of Dirt
What is No-Dig Gardening and Should I Try It? What to know about no-dig gardening and how it may benefit your garden.
A Brief History of No-Dig Gardening Through the Years No-dig gardening seems like a new concept but it’s been mentioned in garden literature for decades—or longer. Let’s have a look at its history and some of the influential gardeners who have shared its benefits over the years. Dig Gardens, Gardening Fork, Creative Gardening, Garden Tools, Garden Tips
A Brief History of No-Dig Gardening Through the Years | Empress of Dirt
A Brief History of No-Dig Gardening Through the Years No-dig gardening seems like a new concept but it’s been mentioned in garden literature for decades—or longer. Let’s have a look at its history and some of the influential gardeners who have shared its benefits over the years.
Biochar is simply charcoal for the soil. Some biochar supporters don’t like the word ‘charcoal’ because of the negative associations, but that’s what biochar is. It’s organic material like wood, grass, agricultural waste, manure (and so on) that is burned in conditions where there’s little to no oxygen. ‘Burn’ can also be an unpopular word—some prefer ‘heated to high temperatures,’ or you can use the more scientific term, pyrolyzed. Nature, Fertilizer For Plants
Using Biochar as a Soil Amendment (Pros and Cons)
Biochar is simply charcoal for the soil. Some biochar supporters don’t like the word ‘charcoal’ because of the negative associations, but that’s what biochar is. It’s organic material like wood, grass, agricultural waste, manure (and so on) that is burned in conditions where there’s little to no oxygen. ‘Burn’ can also be an unpopular word—some prefer ‘heated to high temperatures,’ or you can use the more scientific term, pyrolyzed.
What to consider before using wood ash as a soil amendment in your garden. Herb Garden, The Great Outdoors, Wood Ash
Using Wood Ash in the Garden: Pros & Cons — Empress of Dirt
What to consider before using wood ash as a soil amendment in your garden.
An easy way to compost food scraps during winter in a cold climate. Winter, Eagle, Composting Food Scraps, Composting At Home, Compost Soil, Composting 101, Growing Food
How to Compost in Winter in a Cold Climate
An easy way to compost food scraps during winter in a cold climate.
Is it safe to reuse potting soil from our planters or is it better to start fresh each year? Find out the best options for your garden containers. Planting Flowers, Porches, Berry, Fresh, Companion Planting
Should I reuse potting mix?
Is it safe to reuse potting soil from our planters or is it better to start fresh each year? Find out the best options for your garden containers.
Use this simple test to determine how much sand, silt, and clay are in your garden soil. We tend to ignore this as new gardeners but understanding your soil composition is helpful for choosing plants and soil amendments. Camping, Composition, Garden Care
Simple DIY Soil Test
Use this simple test to determine how much sand, silt, and clay are in your garden soil. We tend to ignore this as new gardeners but understanding your soil composition is helpful for choosing plants and soil amendments.
You can create your own worm castings to fertilize your garden plants using this homemade worm tower. It’s made from a bucket buried in the ground filled with leftover paper and food scraps suitable for composting worms. I’ll show you how it’s done. Worms, Garden Compost
How to Make a Worm Tower | In-Ground Composter
You can create your own worm castings to fertilize your garden plants using this homemade worm tower. It’s made from a bucket buried in the ground filled with leftover paper and food scraps suitable for composting worms. I’ll show you how it’s done.
If you are wondering what type of fertilizer to use in your garden and whether choosing organic or synthetic matters, this should help.
Beginner's Guide to Organic Fertilizers for Home Gardens
If you are wondering what type of fertilizer to use in your garden and whether choosing organic or synthetic matters, this should help.
There are a lot of misleading tips about growing tomatoes, but, if you stick to these proven basics, you can grow everything from cherry to beefsteak, heirlooms and hybrids, in patio containers or in your garden. Tomato Pruning, Tomato Plants Support, Tomato Garden, Growing Tomatoes, Grow Tomatoes, Growing Cherry Tomatoes
5 Best Tomato Growing Tips for Beginners
There are a lot of misleading tips about growing tomatoes, but, if you stick to these proven basics, you can grow everything from cherry to beefsteak, heirlooms and hybrids, in patio containers or in your garden.
If you want to understand what your garden needs, a soil test can measure soil health and nutrients to identify any deficiencies. We tried a popular do-it-yourself home test with a lab test to see how they compare. Soil Test
Soil Testing: Comparing Home Kit Versus Lab Test
If you want to understand what your garden needs, a soil test can measure soil health and nutrients to identify any deficiencies. We tried a popular do-it-yourself home test with a lab test to see how they compare.
It is not easy to grow in dense soil but this list of plants for clay soil will give you a fighting chance. There are flowering perennials, shrubs, climbers, and trees that all enjoy or tolerate hard clay at their roots. Planting In Clay, Parents, Clay Soil Plants, Shrubs, Plant Care
50 Plants for Clay Soil (Flowers, Shrubs, and Trees)
It is not easy to grow in dense soil but this list of plants for clay soil will give you a fighting chance. There are flowering perennials, shrubs, climbers, and trees that all enjoy or tolerate hard clay at their roots.
Are coffee grounds a good fertilizer for the garden? Do they have other plant-boosting properties? Do they repel insects or change the pH of the soil? Let’s look at the facts and find out how to use them.
Are Coffee Grounds Good for the Garden?
Are coffee grounds a good fertilizer for the garden? Do they have other plant-boosting properties? Do they repel insects or change the pH of the soil? Let’s look at the facts and find out how to use them.
The common advice to “boost” your soil potassium levels with banana peels to improve plants is misleading and contradicts what we know about soil, plants, and their nutritional needs. Plant Growth, Plant Needs, Banana Peels
Why Banana Peels Will Not Improve Your Plants (Potassium Myth)
The common advice to “boost” your soil potassium levels with banana peels to improve plants is misleading and contradicts what we know about soil, plants, and their nutritional needs.
Does putting eggshells in your garden really help your plants grow? Will the calcium in the eggshells give your plants an extra boost? Can crushed eggshells stop slugs? Let’s see what we know about eggshells as nutrients and pest-blockers. Slow Cooker, Life Hacks, Art
Are Eggshells Good for the Garden? Can They Stop Slugs?
Does putting eggshells in your garden really help your plants grow? Will the calcium in the eggshells give your plants an extra boost? Can crushed eggshells stop slugs? Let’s see what we know about eggshells as nutrients and pest-blockers.
Keeping food scraps for composting has two magical powers. It diverts the waste from landfills, and the compost provides beneficial organic matter to support plant growth. Garden Maintenance
Composting 101: Slow & Fast Methods
Keeping food scraps for composting has two magical powers. It diverts the waste from landfills, and the compost provides beneficial organic matter to support plant growth.
It is not easy to grow in dense soil but this list of plants for clay soil will give you a fighting chance. There are flowering perennials, shrubs, climbers, and trees that all enjoy or tolerate hard clay at their roots.
50 Plants for Clay Soil (Flowers, Shrubs, and Trees)
It is not easy to grow in dense soil but this list of plants for clay soil will give you a fighting chance. There are flowering perennials, shrubs, climbers, and trees that all enjoy or tolerate hard clay at their roots.