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Fungal vs Bacterial Compost: Differences & Uses in Garden

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Mulching and making compost is crucial for any organic garden.  But your compost could be dominated by bacteria or fungi and they can have different uses in your garden. What are the differences between fungal and bacterial compost? Fungal compost is made of carbon-rich materials which are best used for trees and perennials. On the …

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Why Do Seeds Sprout Inside Fruits? (Explained)

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Have you ever opened up a fruit and found seeds sprouting inside? What causes seeds to germinate prematurely? The premature germination of seeds inside fruits, called “vivipary”, is due to hormonal imbalance or a reduced level of abscisic acid (ABA).  This can happen when the fruit is under environmental stress, overripe, deficient in potassium, overfertilized …

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Why Should You Mulch? (5 Benefits Explained)

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If you are looking for a solution to all the problems in gardening, it would most likely be mulching.  Mulching retains moisture, prevents erosion, prevents weeds, maintains soil temperature, prevents diseases, and even increases crop yield and immunity. In this article, we will show you how mulching can achieve these magical functions in your garden. …

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Top 8 Soil Inoculants for Plants (Editor’s Picks)

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Soil inoculant products are gaining popularity in organic, natural gardens as they are quick and effective in increasing beneficial soil microbes for plants. There are many such products in the market.  Of the 8 most popular inoculant products in the market, we recommend Great White, Mikrobs, and Myco Bliss for different purposes.  In this article, …

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Can Tilling Kill Earthworms? (What You Should Know)

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Your concerns are legit. Tilling can kill the hardworking beneficial earthworms in your garden. Even to shallow depths, tilling can greatly reduce the earthworm population and changes their diversity in the soil.  Anecic and epigeic earthworms are most affected because tilling can injure them, remove their food source, and change the conditions of their habitat …

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