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Planting Elephant Garlic

Elephant garlic is more closely related to leeks than to garlic, despite what the name leads you to believe. The leaves are suposed to be more leek-like, but the plant forms a bulb of cloves like garlic does. 394 more words

Fill for Raised Beds

Raised-bed gardens offer some genuine advantages to both plants and the gardener. If you decide to give it a try, you will need some soil to fill the beds. 499 more words

Soil & Amendments

Nitrogen fix (or what's in a bean?)

Gardeners often hear how legumes (such as beans) “fix” nitrogen in the soil. Here is a good article that describes the process in plain language:  70 more words

Soil & Amendments


Mulch is a protective blanket for your soil, making it the kind of place your plants want to live. The benefits of using mulch include: 232 more words

Soil & Amendments


Compost is the most essential garden input next to water. Regular applications of compost helps your soil retain moisture, improves the texture (tilth), and nourishes your plants at the same time. 276 more words

Soil & Amendments

eggshells revisited

The eggshells that I collected over the winter and pulverized have just been sitting in a plastic container. After checking my soil test and noticing the calcium levels in my soil were slightly above what’s needed, I was hesitant to put them into the garden. 127 more words

Vegetable Garden

Composting 2015

Today was beautiful day here in the Springs, so we decided it was a good day to work in last years compost pile.

In 2013 we purchased from craigslist a really nice used compost tumbler. 218 more words

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