Gardening Basics

2 Simple Ways To Make Ericaceous Compost (Peat-Free)

Ericaceous compost

Rising environmental concerns are driving many people to look for peat-free Ericaceous compost to grow their acid-loving plants. But, how do you make peat-free ericaceous compost? The best substitute for peat in making ericaceous compost is sulfur or coco coir.  Other biodegradable organic materials such as pine needles, pine bark, oak leaves, coffee grounds, vinegar, …

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Potting Soil vs. Compost: Know the Differences & Uses

Potting soil vs compost

Many people have used potting soil and compost in growing plants, but most people use them interchangeably without taking advantage of their characteristics.  What are the differences between potting soil and compost? Compost is decomposed organic matter or humus with micro-organisms that make the nutrients in soil more accessible for immediate uptake over time.  Potting …

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8 Proven Ways To Fix Hydrophobic Soil (Organically)

Fix hydrophobic soil

Having hydrophobic soil that repels water can be frustrating. But there are many ways to fix the problem naturally and organically. A quick fix to hydrophobic soil is using wetting agents to reduce the cohesion and surface tension of the water to better infiltrate the soil.  More permanent solutions include adding organic matter and mulching …

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