Popular Gardening Tips You Can Probably Ignore (Epsom Salts, Mycorrhizae, Compost Accelerators)

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CHICAGO AREA by Patrick Dolan of One Yard Revolution

There are a lot of very popular gardening recommendations out there that most of us can probably ignore without any downside at all. Here are 5.

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0:52 Fertilize with Epsom salts
1) “Epsom Salts: Miracle, Myth, or Marketing” by Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott https://puyallup.wsu.edu/wp-content/u…
2) “The Truth About Garden Remedies” by Dr. Jeff Gillman http://amzn.to/2eFB78d

2:17 Use mycorrhizal amendments
1) “Mycorrhizae: So What the Heck are They?” by Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott https://puyallup.wsu.edu/wp-content/u…
2) “Decoding Gardening Advice” by Dr. Jeff Gillman http://amzn.to/2fUMAXn
3) “Mycorrhizae and Mycorrhizal Soil Amendments” (OYR Video) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2tdo3…

3:50 Add coffee grounds, banana peels, and eggshells to planting holes

4:27 Use compost accelerators to get your compost pile cooking
1) http://www.gardenmyths.com/compost-ac…

5:31 Add sand to clay soil to improve soil texture and drainage
1) “The Myth of Soil Amendments Part II:If you have a clay soil, add sand to improve its texture” by Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott https://puyallup.wsu.edu/wp-content/u…
2) “Decoding Gardening Advice” by Dr. Jeff Gillman http://amzn.to/2fUMAXn

OYR is all about growing a lot of food on a little land using sustainable organic methods, while keeping costs and labor at a minimum. Emphasis is placed on improving soil quality with compost and mulch. No store-bought fertilizers, soil amendments, pesticides, compost activators, etc. are used.

One Response to “Popular Gardening Tips You Can Probably Ignore (Epsom Salts, Mycorrhizae, Compost Accelerators)”

  1. <path_to_url> Bill Chapman

    I know what you mean when you talk about improving texture but technically in soil science the word texture refers to the proportions of sand, silt and clay and you are actually talking about improving the structure of clay soil, not its texture.. But a very good tip on not adding sand- it would actually take more than 50% by volume to make a dfference in some clay soils. Now if you could do the same talk on perlite, which is either large sand or small gravel and virtually useless for anything except taking up space.

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