It’s a nightmare to end up with anaerobic compost or soil with little or no oxygen—they are sticky, stinky, slow to decompose, and are not suitable for growing plants. It often happens when compost piles get too wet and saturated with water. It is also found in areas in your garden that are waterlogged, compacted, […]
Have you thought of increasing the soil temperature to give a head start to your seeds before spring comes, to protect young seedlings on cold days, or just to protect your garden from frost? You can increase the soil temperature by covering the ground using plastic sheets or mulch, a low tunnel, a cold frame,
Many people are turning to peat pots and peat pellets as natural alternatives to plastic pots and trays for starting seeds and propagating seedlings. They are designed to reduce root shock during transplant because the seedlings can be buried together with the biodegradable pots directly in the ground. But do peat pots and peat pellets
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 the soil more accessible for immediate uptake over time.
Every plant owner must come across peat and humus to improve their soil. But what’s the difference between the two? Which should you use in your gardening projects? Peat (or peat moss) is semi-decomposed sphagnum moss. Being highly water-retentive and naturally acidic, peat is a popular choice for propagation, amending soil pH, and improving 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