Tag: soil

Evaluating Garden Health

Milkweed | Spotts Garden Service

We’re big believers that the garden should reflect both the spirit of the place and the personality of the people who live and play in it. We’ve found the best way to keep our gardens moving in that direction is

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5 Weather-Watching Tricks for the Organic Gardener

Soil Temperature Reading | Spotts Garden Service

Every garden task has its own season, and these seasons depend largely on the weather. So gardeners spend a lot of time watching the weather, commenting on the weather, and—frequently—moaning about the weather. In fact, the only people who talk

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Organic Fertilizers for the Garden

Yearly applications of compost will provide most of the nutrients that your plants need. But you may occasionally want to give your plants a boost with an organic fertilizer.

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Amending Garden Soil

In our last post, we discussed the basics of soil composition, plant nutrients, and soil pH. If you’ve taken a soil test, you know exactly what your soil makeup looks like and the current pH. But what if you want

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The Quick and Dirty Guide to Garden Soil

Great soil is the foundation of a great garden. Here’s our guide to the basics of garden soil science for new gardeners, including texture, nutrients, organic content, and pH.

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Top 5 Ways to Use Compost

Keep trucking in compost! Add compost to your vegetable beds at least once a year, or every time you plant a new crop. Get our Top 5 ways to use compost at

Compost is the free, easy way to feed your garden! It delivers slow-release nutrients and contains billions of microorganisms, many of which stimulate plant growth and help plants resist pests and disease. It also improves soil texture, allowing your soil to

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How to Build a Compost Pile

Building a compost pile is easy! Learn how at http://www.spottsgardens.com/garden-101-how-to-compost/

Every garden should have a compost pile, where kitchen scraps, weeds, dead leaves, and even shredded junk mail miraculously turn into the best garden amendment there is. Learn how to compost, and you’ll soon be feeding your plants with homemade

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How to Build a Raised Bed Garden

Garden 101: How to Build a Raised Bed Garden. We built these raised beds of 2x8 cedar boards.

In our last installment, we discussed the pros and cons of raised bed gardens. If you’ve decided to build your own, congratulations! We’ll walk you through the process. Sizing Raised Bed Gardens The benefits of gardening in a raised bed

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Should You Plant a Raised Bed Garden?

Are raised beds right for your garden?

In this first of a two-part series, we’ll discuss the pros and cons to raised bed gardens. And in our next installment, we’ll explain how to build one and discuss the best way to fill it.

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Rotating Crops in the Small Organic Garden

Crop rotation is a time-honored way of maximizing production in the kitchen garden. Rotating crops means moving where you planted them, so this year’s potatoes aren’t growing where you planted them last year.

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