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    When you start thinking about what's in store for your garden over the next few months, you may find yourself poring over The Rare Seed Catalog, scanning every page deliberately as you dream of what's to come. Although this certainly is one way to do it, a trip to the garden center nearest you...
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    Around the country there have been some unseasonably warm temperatures extending into December. Depending on the place you call home, you may even be seeing flowers blooming that ordinarily would not be this time of year. Although this extended warm season is unexpected, it can be pretty...
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    I noticed several more questions in the comments, which were enough for another troubleshooting post. Sometimes I know the answer from experience, other times I do research. I love learning new things about the garden, so this is always something I enjoy. Feel free to share your own...
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    Tomatoes are by far the most popular vegetable (actually, it's a fruit) grown in home vegetable gardens. There are many different ways of planting tomatoes and everyone has their own way. Many gardeners have certain rituals and techniques they use to plant tomatoes, and some even get down...
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    As vegetable gardeners, we are always faced with a myriad of questions. There are so many different choices in vegetable varieties, tool options, and much, much more. One of the most common questions many gardeners ask is, "What fertilizers should I use?". This is a great question because there...
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    The next time you venture out into your vegetable garden, you might want to make a quick check of the health of your garden soil. One very easy way to do this is to see how many earthworms you find lurking in the soil. Take a garden fork, plunge it into the soil, wiggle it back and forth, and...
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    Just about every tomato grower has a secret weapon for growing those perfect tomatoes. There are just about as many different methods that people use to grow tomatoes as there are tomato varieties. Organic gardening methods have brought about many homemade tomato fertilizers and techniques -...
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    Adding compost to your garden soil will help to improve just about any soil type - whether it is clay, sand, or silt. There are two things that unhealthy soils lack: microorganisms and organic materials. Truthfully, you need the organic materials in order to attract the microorganisms. Remember...
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    This is the third entry for the Understanding Soil Nutrients Series. Today we will focus our attention on a very important soil nutrient - potassium. If you missed the first and second entries to this series, here they are: Understanding Soil Nutrients - Nitrogen Understanding Soil Nutrients -...
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    This is the second entry for the Understanding Soil Nutrients Series. Today we will focus our attention on a very important soil nutrient - phosphorus. If you missed the first entry to this series, here it is: Understanding Soil Nutrients - Nitrogen Why Is Phosphorus Important To My Vegetable...
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    This is Part One of a four part series titled, Understanding Soil Nutrients. Each day this week will bring a new article on soil nutrients, with Thursday being the final article. The first part of the Understanding Soil Nutrients series will be on nitrogen. As vegetable gardeners, nitrogen can...
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    Dear EarthTalk: What effects do fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides used on residential lawns or on farms have on nearby water bodies like rivers, streams-or even the ocean for those of us who live near the shore? -- Linda Reddington, Manahawkin, NJ To read the full article, please visit...
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    Turnip greens are my favorite kind of greens, but don't get me wrong I love them all. The wonderful thing about turnips is you get the best of both worlds - a tasty and flavorful root, and the delicious green tops. Growing turnip greens is not very hard as long as you give them the correct...
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    While shopping at my local Home Depot Saturday, I came across a very interesting product - Terracycle Garden Fertilizer. It stuck out as an interesting product because it was packaged in what looked like two reused 20 oz. soft drink bottles. After reading the label on the bottles, I realized...
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    Compost toilets have been around for quit a while and are becoming more and more popular. I will be the first to admit that the sound of a compost toilet does not sound very pleasant, but are a great money saver for the frugal gardener. Compost toilets have made great strides in the effort for...
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    Fertilizing your vegetable garden is very important to its growth and health. There are some tools that make fertilizing easier - sprayers and dusters. Fertilizer sprayers come in many different varieties, but have one common goal; to properly distribute fertilizers and other liquid mixtures...
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    Composting has become an intricate and necessary part of organic gardening. Compost is the best amendment that you can add to your gardening soil, but many people view composting as a tedious, time consuming, and messy affair. It does not have to be that way if you use a composter. Composters...
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    I started using Tomato-tone Organic Fertilizer in 2007, soon after planting my tomato plants for the season. I was at my local gardening center just loafing around, checking out what had recently come in. In the back of my mind, I was wanting to find a new fertilizer to use on my tomatoes and...
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    There are several ways to brew your own compost tea, from buying some expensive equipment (some brewers range from $100 to $600) to brewing it right in the backyard with supplies that you may already have or can get very cheaply. Compost tea is the best fertilizer you can get, and it is totally...
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    Tomatoes are vigorous, fast growing, and heavy feeding plants which require fertilization a few times during the season. Tomatoes have specific nutritional needs such as nitrogen, phosphate, potash, calcium, magnesium, potassium and other micro-nutrients to build cell wall structure and increase...
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