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

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. If you shop on Amazon, you can support OYR simply by clicking this link (bookmark it too) before shopping: 0:52 Fertilize …Read more »

Soil Amendment Myths

WYOMING, by the U. Wyoming Extension (with cautions that apply everywhere) Gypsum and lime are common garden store products. Learn why they’re not useful in Wyoming soils.

Mulching Tips from Morton Arboretum

CHICAGO AREA’S MORTON ARBORETUM Mulching trees, shrubs, and plants is both functional and decorative. Once you have chosen the right plant for a given site, and followed the proper planting procedures, you should mulch the plant and create a stable environment for root growth. Learn more here:

7 Ways to Use Leaves in Your Garden

GROWVEG in the U.K. Would you like to save time, effort and money spent on your garden while also improving your harvest? Clearing up fallen leaves is hard work, but those leaves can protect and feed your plants, as well as reducing the amount of watering, weeding and digging you need to do next year. In …Read more »

Simple Ways to Improve your Garden Soil Using Fallen Leaves

CINCINNATI, OHIO From Crista’s Garden: In this video, I will show you how I use fall leaves in my garden. They are a free resource with so many benefits for your garden! I forgot to mention in this video not to use leaves from the Black Walnut tree as they contain Juglone, a organic compound …Read more »

Cover Crops for Backyard Gardens: Why, When, What, How to Plant

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA By CaliKim Garden and Home DIY Cover crops for backyard gardens – why, when, what and how to plant them in your garden beds. Cover crops are an easy way to add organic matter and nutrients to your soil. Plant them now so your garden beds are ready for spring! MIgardener’s White Dutch …Read more »

Building Soil Fertility with Fall & Winter Cover Crops/Green Manures

CHICAGO AREA By Patrick Dolan of One Yard Revolution Frugal & Sustainable Organic Gardening Cover crops, or green manures, have become a very important part of our low cost and sustainable soil fertility program. In late summer we plant a variety of cold hardy legumes, along with cayuse oats. These crops fix nitrogen in the …Read more »

Build Amazing Fertile Garden Soil Using Free and Local Resources in your Mulch or Compost

ALBERTA, CANADA By Stephen Legaree of Alberta Urban Garden Simple Organic and Sustainable How to build soil fertility for the perfect garden soil for free! It is fall here in Alberta and that means the summer crops are done and some of the garden beds are done for the year. Just because there is nothing goring …Read more »

How to Measure Soil pH Cheap and Easy

ALBERTA, CANADA By Stephen Legaree of Alberta Urban Garden Soil pH is one of the most important factors that can be overlooked in the garden. pH has impacts on the availability of nutrients and of the plants ability to take them up. If the pH of your garden soil is not in the optimal range for …Read more »

Sheet Composting

VERMONTER KATHY LALIBERTE FOR HOMECLICK Sheet Composting… A great garden starts with great soil! Learn how to add valuable nutrients to your soil by sheet composting! For a step by step breakdown of this project, go to:…

Soil Testing Basics from U. Maryland

U. MARYLAND Director of the Home and Garden Information Center, Jon Traunfeld, demonstrates how easy it is to collect and send a soil sample for a soil test. For more information, visit the Home and Garden Information website or the Youtube channel. 

The Importance of Soil

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS From the Chicago Botanic Garden.: Healthy soil is a foundation for our food system, it purifies the water that we drink, and it’s critical in its role in the regulation of greenhouse gasses, because it’s our major store of carbon. Scientist Louise Egerton-Warburton describes the composition of soil, and describes how to put healthy, …Read more »