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Can You Reuse Microgreen Soil? (The Perfect Solution)

After cutting your tray of greens, you will have a tray of soil with many fibrous roots and stems. The microgreens will not sprout again since you chopped them below the cotyledons. Plus, you probably spent good money or lots of time getting high-quality soil.  So, you may be wondering, can you reuse microgreen soil? … Read more

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Banana Peels in Compost: Guide (Turn Waste Into Pay Dirt)

Every time you throw away banana peels, you’re not only discarding a tasty, nutritious snack but also tossing out nutrient-rich additives for your garden. Banana peels contribute essential nutrients to compost, reducing food waste and nourishing soil and plants. While composting seems easy, there are many things you should know about adding banana peels to … Read more

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Matching Soil & Plants = Thriving Landscape

The soil is where plants are grown. It is made up of little fragments of rock broken off of mountains and other bigger rocks, together with a few pieces of extinct plant and animal life. Here, dissolved nutrients are absorbed by plant roots and transformed into the plant’s stems, leaves, flowers, and fruit.  The following … Read more

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Soil Mites: Good/Bad? What to Do? [Answered]

Pest patrol is a duty every gardener must shoulder at some point in the growing season. But before you draw up elaborate plans to fumigate your backyard or douse your potting plants in pesticide, remember: not all bugs are bad. Some tiny creatures actually perform functions crucial to the health of your soil. Read on … Read more

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25 Tips for Urban Gardening

Ancient civilizations thrived in relation to their proximity to food sources thousands of years before the global food trade our world relies on today. Eridu (present-day Tell Abu Shahrain in Iraq), founded in Mesopotamia along the Fertile Crescent’s Euphrates River around 5400 B.C., was believed by the Sumerians to be the first city in the … Read more

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6 Vegetable Garden Layout Ideas (What to Plant in Them)

Planning your vegetable garden layout is the first step to becoming a successful gardener. Plot size, soil, and sunlight are deciding factors. But you also need to factor in how much time you can dedicate to your garden and how many vegetables you need to grow to make it worthwhile.  This article looks at 6 … Read more

How to Make Soil More Alkaline: 4 Steps

Alkaline soil refers to any soil with a pH level above 7. Making your soil more alkaline means raising your soil pH.  The pH level indicates the soil’s hydrogen ion concentration and affects how well plants can or cannot absorb necessary nutrients. The pH scale runs from 0 to 14, with seven being neutral. The … Read more

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Alkaline Plants: 67 Trees, Shrubs, Vegetables & Flowers That Thrive

Growing plants in alkaline soil can be challenging. This type of soil doesn’t accommodate as many species as neutral or acidic soil, and because it’s less soluble, it can limit nutrient availability for your plants. But that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have its uses. This article will explain the benefits of this type of … Read more

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How to Make Soil Acidic

To be successful at gardening or any type of landscaping, you need to monitor soil pH. Start with a baseline test using a digital soil pH meter like the one above, and then you can choose plants to fit that pH range or adjust the pH to what you want to plant. This article will … Read more