Author: Steve

Digging Your Plot: Single Dig, Double Dig or No Dig?

When you are preparing your garden for the growing season, it is a good idea to dig over your plot. The reason for this is remove weeds (particularly those irritating perennials), to improve soil structure and to work in organic material (such as manure and/or home made compost). The best time for digging is in the autumn, before it has become too damp and before the frost has set in. There are a number of options for preparing your plot: Single Dig Method The single dig method is good for incorporating organic matter into the soil and suitable for...

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Four Ways to Green Your Wallet (and the Environment)

As ordinary citizens await to see what will transpire in the coming days and the fallout from the credit/subprime/overall economic decline, one might wonder what effect this might have on the environment. While most are likely much more worried at this point whether or not their savings and investments will be worth much after this mess and still others wonder whether or not they will have food on the table or a roof over their head.  Still, even others already find themselves hungry and/or without a home. While you may feel somewhat hopeless about the financial system at-large, there...

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Benefits of Planting Seeds Instead of Seedlings

Oh, the ease with which we can stop off at a home improvement store or nursery for plants that have been growing for weeks or months and transplant them very quickly to our backyard gardens. While you won’t hear from us that this is bad for the environment, there is a cheaper way to do this and that is better for the environment. Needed supplies: Starter containers Seeds Soil Before you send your plastic yogurt, butter, and sour cream containers off for recycling, make sure you have forty or fifty clean and stored for springtime starter plants. Drill or poke holes for drainage in the bottom. To begin a small garden of peppers and tomatoes, try one packet of green peppers, one packet of mixed peppers, and then two tomatoes of your choice, let’s say, Roma and Big Boy. With even this small variety, you should be able to incorporate your harvest into a broad range of recipes, especially alongside the herbs you’re growing in your indoor garden. The seeds should be £1 to £2 per packet, and if you purchase four or five packets, you spent £10 on seeds for several seedlings of each plant. Compare that to £2-£4 per seedling from the nursery! Spend another £5 on a bag or two of soil that is suitable for starting plants and for less than £15, you have the...

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