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7 Benefits of Fish Fertilizer for Tomatoes and Other Vegetables

We know fish has plenty of proteins and oils that are good for us, but is fish fertilizer good for our plants? Sometimes it’s hard to look beyond the marketing hype and figure out what counts when it comes to taking care of our gardens. 

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Is it Safe? How to Test Soil Quality Before Growing Edible Plants

I’ll be the first to admit that when I’m dreaming about a new garden, I don’t put a lot of thought into learning how to test soil quality. Or I didn’t, anyway. I do now. I’m not talking about pH levels or how well the soil drains here. This is about the safety of the soil. 

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How to Make Homemade Fertilizer for Indoor Herbs

Let’s talk about fertilizer. When I bought my first home and decided I wanted to start my first garden (mostly in containers), I bought a lot of Miracle Grow potting “soil”. Loads and loads of it. I am also a “get your hands dirty” kind of gal, so I didn’t use gardening gloves. Those are just for schmucks, am I right?

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How to Build a Raised Bed Over Clay Soil

Ah … the infamous clay soil. The nemesis of gardeners everywhere. When it comes to the loose, well-drained soil that gardens love, clay soil is the opposite. Tender roots have a hard time cutting through it, and water pools in clay soil, leaving you with waterlogged plants. Alas, many of us gardeners have to figure […]

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How to Mix Your Own Potting Soil for Container Vegetables

Container vegetable gardens are the versatile champions of any garden. I love container gardens because you can start them indoors and transition them outdoors without disrupting the vegetable roots. They’re ideal for small spaces, porches, balconies, and even that sliver of side yard you might have that gets great sun exposure but is too small for a garden bed. The key to a successful container garden is your potting medium. There are many different store-bought varieties of potting soil and potting mix, but in my opinion, the best potting soil for container vegetables is a hand mixed.

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7 Tips for Preparing Clay Soil for Planting Vegetables

I’ll admit that part of the joy of gardening is having a good excuse to play in the dirt. As adults, we don’t get to do that very much, but it sure does feel good. Of course, playing in the dirt actually means getting the soil ready; there’s always compost to add or weeds to dig up. Even when you have “perfect” soil, you still have to do some prep work. Preparing clay soil for planting your garden isn’t that much different. 

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5 Benefits of Worm Castings for Indoor Plants

Let’s just get this out of the way: Worm Castings = Worm Poop. But, “castings” is a much more civilized way of describing the digested waste of your garden variety earthworm so we’ll just stick with that!

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5+ Soil Additives to Improve Drainage in Soggy Gardens

After a rainstorm (or even a heavy watering), does your vegetable garden resemble day three of Woodstock? Soil drainage may be an issue! The good news is that there are soil additives to improve drainage in soggy gardens.

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How to Use Animal Manure as Fertilizer for Food Gardens

Using manure as fertilizer is not new. Commercial farms have done it for ages. But given that most of us home gardeners don’t have the same space or tools as commercial farms, it can feel a little daunting to determine how to use animal manure as fertilizer.  Should you use it fresh? Does it matter […]

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The Best Soil for an Indoor Vegetable Garden

If you’ve seen one soil, you’ve seen them all. It’s just dirt, right? Is there any reason you can’t use your raised bed soil for your indoor garden? The answer is not complicated, but there’s a little more to it than just “yes,” or “no.” The best soil for an indoor vegetable garden may not be soil at all. We’ll get to that in a minute.