Category Archives: Soil

No To Peat Moss, Yes To Dairy Manure

Print PDFSustainable Manure, Land Raped Peat Moss I find it heartbreaking to see well-meaning people buying bales of peat moss. Old-think gardening promoted peat moss heavily, but all forms of sphagnum peat moss are harvested by destroying boggy natural habitats. … Continue reading

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Training Trees And Vines On Walls

Print PDFWall Candy I’ve always lusted after one of those multi-grafted fruit trees, with compatible varieties chosen to cross-pollinate each other and produce several kinds of fruit on a single tree. However, my resident deer population is equally interested in … Continue reading

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Protecting Pollinators At Home And Afield

Print PDFMore Ways To Safeguard The Food Chain Bee friendly gardening is gaining momentum as awareness of pollinator problems becomes more widespread. The good news is that even a small patch of wholesome food and safe habitat can be of … Continue reading

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Recycled Manure Creates Power And Great Poo

This summer, I received a load of crap that made me very, very happy. I’ve been using aged cow manure in the garden for years, especially appreciating its soil conditioning qualities. Cow manure is weed free, thanks to cow’s multi-chambered tummies and the tiny seed-eating aphids that live in manure piles. It’s also the best top dressing I’ve ever found, looking (if not smelling) like chocolate frosting, a most handsome effect. Continue reading

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