-Health benefits of garden herbs and how to use them
Thursday, November 7th @ 6:30pm
10 Ways to Avoid Chemicals in the Garden
-Build Healthy Soil for healthy plants and throw those chemicals away!
Growing Radish from Seed
The German Giant
is my favorite Radish. It's not fancy or hard to grow and tastes great
at any size. The Radish may be a cool-weather crop but I continue to
have success even in South Florida.
in full sun or partial shade. Plant radishes in loose, well-drained
soil. Remove soil lumps, rocks, and roots from radish planting beds.
Obstructions can cause roots to grow malformed. Add organic matter to
planting beds before sowing radishes. Radishes prefer a soil pH of 5.5
Sow radish seed ½ inch deep and 1
inch apart; thin successful seedlings from 1 to 4 inches apart in wide
rows depending upon the variety. Continue Reading
Compost and Your Garden
What is Compost?
Compost is a natural soil amendment/garden fertilizer.
It can be made using kitchen scraps and yard "waste." Not only does
composting save money on expensive fertilizers, it keeps all of the
organic "trash" from going into your garbage bins and out of the
landfills. Using compost improves soil structure, texture, aeration and
increases the soils water-holding capacity.
Warning: Everything I read about composting says not to use meat, dairy products or pet waste. Stay away from using lawn clipping if they are contaminated with weed killer or other harmful chemicals.
Do you need to buy a fancy Compost Bin? Nope!
I use a large "tuff-bin" with holes drilled in the bottom. I've added
kitchen scraps, yard clipping, shredded newspaper and then re-cover.
Every 4-5 days I turn the soil with a shovel to speed up
decomposition. Seaweed is a great activator and is high in nitrogen.
Nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium
are produced naturally by the feeding of microorganisms and decomposing
waste. These are essential to a thriving veggie garden.
Before you go, check out the PINK specials
below. It's October which means Breast Cancer Awareness Month. New
week I'll be sharing cancer-fighting veggies (like Broccoli Sprouts!) and herb varieties!
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