Gardening blog entries tagged with 'soil'

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Some Impact Man #11: Food sustainability

04-26-2012 12:38 PM by daltxguy | 2 comments »

I found this excellent source of interviews and stories about food, sustainable living and the interrelationship between the two. A good place to start is this 3-part interview series with environmental activist Vandana Shiva on the future of food: Part 1: Part 2: Part 3:

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Desert to Garden #5: The soil is in!

02-09-2012 07:31 PM by DrAllred | 5 comments »

Well, I am sore and am heading to bed soon, but I thought I would update the status of the garden. I checked on the tomato plants and they are doing great, some even have blossoms coming on. The weather is great here in the desert, mid 70s for the highs and upper 40s for the lows, can’t beat that. So, my father and I went to get the soil this morning and I got a bit too much, 4.5 yards of soil when I really only needed about 3, oh well, I guess I’ll dig some holes and plant a...

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2008-11 Edibles #61: what next?

06-23-2010 08:19 AM by MsDebbieP | 9 comments »

June 23/10 the other day Rick and I put a netting over the area between the apple tree and pear tree—something had been eating all the nasturtiums and the beans that I had planted there. Argh. I went out this morning to check the netting and to make sure there were no birds trapped in it. All was well – except… There around the pear tree and the comfrey was a white mold or fungus. It looked like someone had tossed some salt out onto the soil and it had dried on top ...

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2008-11 Edibles #52: Sometimes, you've gotta do what you've gotta do...

04-14-2010 01:09 PM by MsDebbieP | 19 comments »

April 14/10 The accomplishment of “gettin’ ‘er done” far exceeds the twinges of guilt I’m feeling. This spring I started my journey on two missions:1. go as natural as possible when it comes to my gardens, and2. create guilds around my fruit trees During one of the presentations that I attended at a gardening show this spring, the Native Elder who spoke on naturalized areas stated, “don’t import soil – fix what you already have”. ...

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Comfrey - compost, fertilizer

03-11-2010 06:06 AM by MsDebbieP | 17 comments »

March 11/10 Yesterday was my birthday (I am now a full-grown woman, according to Native beliefs) and my daughter gave me a gardening book. :) ”The Organic Garden” by Allan Shepherd It is a great book, filled with lots of gardening wisdom. It focuses on the UK but gardening strategies are gardening strategies. It is written with a sense of humour and a bit of poetic flare. This would be a perfect book for someone thinking about starting a garden, walking you through the sp...

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GT "Stuff" #11: Garden Festival: Stratford, 2010 Part II

03-06-2010 05:21 PM by MsDebbieP | 9 comments »

March 6, 2010(continued from previous blog) Information from the Presentations that I attended Session 1: Low Maintenance Gardening- mulch: use shredded mulch (pine, cedar) because it will decompose better- don’t smother perennials, pull the mulch back from them a bit- don’t put mulch up around tree trunks as it will rot the bark and the tree will die- create a saucer with the mulch, creating a pocket to retain water - annuals are water hogs – use containers for annual...

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GT "Stuff" #10: Garden Festival: Stratford, 2010 Part I

03-06-2010 04:29 PM by MsDebbieP | 10 comments »

March 6, 2010 With the morning sun shining brightly, Rick and I headed to Stratford. It was a gorgeous morning for the approx. 1 hour drive. At the show, we had a few minutes to wait until it opened. At the door, we were welcomed by this beautiful piece of art: I’m so glad we arrived early – we were able to see most of the exhibits without the crowds. During the day I did manage to bump into Jroot and his wife (my camera man had just went outside for some “fresh air...

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2008 Winter #13: Planning 2010 - take 3

02-25-2010 11:52 AM by MsDebbieP | 9 comments »

Feb 25/10 After having completed plan A and plan B I think I have settled on my final (oh that’s funny) plan for 2010. Plants ordered include: honeyberry bushes (my blog) goji berry cranberry seabuckthorn persimmon tree I currently have a stretch of blueberry bushes that require acidic soil and the cranberries require the same type. Although I think I’ll just continue the line down along a path I might decide at the last minute to plant them “side by si...

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My Bonsai trees

07-12-2009 10:48 AM by wicko | 4 comments »

can anyone help me.I am increasing my collection of Bonsai trees and would be greatfull of any info on soil / compost to use when potting on?

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Your First Vegetable Garden

05-07-2009 03:20 PM by thegardenofoz | 5 comments »

Suggestions from a guy who has gardened for more than 25 years …Start Small – For most beginners, smaller is better. A 100 square foot garden – say, 10 feet by 10 feet – is plenty. Even a 4 ft. by 5 ft. garden or a few containers on your deck or patio can be very rewarding.The Basics – there are 5 basic requirements: – Good soil – Seeds and/or plants – Water – Fertilizer – Weed and bug control.Good Soil – Good g...

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