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  1. Homesteading and gardening
    I'm making a bigger flowerbed and to do this, I'm tearing up grass. I'd like to retain as much soil as possible. How can I loosen the soil off of the bottom of the layer of grass? Thanks!
  2. Homesteading and gardening
    9 April 2012 Soil Temperature 9 April 2012 Soil Temperature From observations of garden soil temperature over the last few years, it has been ascertained that the temperature about six inches deep is a good guide as to when to start plant seedlings and seed. Before planting I like the...
  3. Homesteading and gardening
    I have several containers that I grew potatoes in. I had a good harvest and all the potatoes have been eaten. I am not sure If I will be planting more potatoes this year or not. I have collards ready to transplant. I was wondering if I could use the same soil that is in the container to plant...
  4. Homesteading and gardening
    We have clay soil here and I am having difficutly growing carrots and beets. They are the only two veggies my husband requests fromt he garden every year. Most other veggies do well here. Does anyone know of varieties that grow better in clay soil? or is there something i can do to the soil to...
  5. Homesteading and gardening
    12 August 2011 Making Potting Soil 12 August 2011 Making Potting Soil Home potting soil for the 2012 season was made today. The compost pile is used as a mixing base; sand, wood chips, coconut fiber, garden soil, is added and mixed thoroughly using the large rototiller and smaller tiller. The...
  6. Homesteading and gardening
    I have never grown any vegetables before, so please forgive me... As I understand it, it's best to use a potting soil for container gardening.. is that correct? I'd like to use something without any chemical fertilizers or "Miracle grow" etc in it. Can anyone name a good brand or source to by...
  7. Question and Answer
    i would love to have a garden but but our land is all clay. i have one spot that drains fairly well but is still all clay but gets plenty of sun. i could use any sugestions on what would grow well if anything.
  8. Homesteading and gardening
    Clay Soil Observations http://www.durgan.org/URL/?FOHEI 6 September 2009 Clay soil Observations. The garden bed is composed of good clay soil. To make the clay more useful for my requirement, it has been modified utilizing much compost over the last five years.Compost alone as a clay modifier...
  9. Homesteading and gardening
    Making Seed Soil Mix http://www.durgan.org/URL/?VZAFV 4 September 2009 Making Seed Soil Mix Soil for seeds in the Spring of 2010. The ingredients are coconut fiber, sand, garden soil, compost and some partially composed grass to add microbes. Sphagnum moss is not used because it now comes in...
  10. Homesteading and gardening
    I have heard that legumes are good for the soil. I was thinking of maybe tilling my pea vines into the bed real well. We have a 6 inch raised bed and we are doubling the height and will be adding a bunch of dirt, so we could cover the vines and work it in really well. Is that a good idea?
  11. Homesteading and gardening
    We are putting a small vegetable garden in an area that has been wooded for as long as time existed. LOL. It has been untouched woodlands, I mean. My DH has been reading where the soil in such land will be very acidic (due to vegetation and leaves all rotting there for many years), and...
  12. Homesteading and gardening
    We have a patch of dirt along the front of our house that sits between the house and the rest of the yard. We have a large pine tree in the middle of the yard. The patch of dirt was subjected to cat and dog fecal matter and urine before we purchased our house. We spent some time and put in peat...
  13. Homesteading and gardening
    I purchased potting soil from Walmart and I am using self watering planters to grow vegetables (tomatoes and okra) on my patio. At the end of the season can I pull out the tomatoes and okra and save and reuse my present potting soil for next summer? Or do I need to pitch it and purchase new...
  14. Homesteading and gardening
    I want to grow a tomato plant in a big pot. I have some potting soil, but it's that kind with the little white beads in it... should I pass on that soil and get some that isn't all treated up?
  15. Homesteading and gardening
    We're having a raised garden this year, and I'm wondering what type of soil to use. The estimated size is 20x30. DH was thinking a mix of potting soil and mulch. Any suggestions?
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  17. Homesteading and gardening
    I want to warn all our gardeners here about a danger associated with bagged potting soil. The risk as been well known in Australia for some years now but it seems there have been a couple of cases in America, so I want you to be aware of the risk. Here is an American Public Health site.  It...
  18. Homesteading and gardening
    <H2>Test your soil for acidity or alkalinity frugally.</H2>This is from: http://frugalliving.about.com/cs/gardeningfrugally/a/soiltest.htm It's easy to test soil acidity without the pricey kits sold for that. Although a home made test won't be as specific, you don't really need such specific...
  19. Simple Living
    http://www.soilandhealth.org/index.html
  20. Homesteading and gardening
    http://www.heirloomseeds.com/germination.html
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