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soil

The most important part of a plant’s environment

May 19, 2017

Here’s the dirt: soil is the medium in which roots are anchored and from which nutrients, water, and oxygen are obtained.

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Rock gardening: What you need to know about soil acidity and alkalinity

February 16, 2017

With this excerpt from Joseph Tychonievich’s Rock Gardening, you can decode the acidity of your soil to pick the best plants for your plot.

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Greenhouse seedlings

November 10, 2016

If you’ve ever tried to germinate seeds or grow cuttings on a windowsill, you’ll appreciate what a joy it is to perform these tasks in your greenhouse. The Greenhouse Gardener’s Manual author, Roger Marshall, shares insight for starting seeds in a winter greenhouse.

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The scoop on potting “soil”

May 25, 2016

What’s Wrong With My Houseplant? authors David Deardorff and Kathryn Wadsworth explain what’s found in common potting media and offer several ways to create your own organic alternative. When you purchase a bag of “potting soil” from your local garden center what you’re actually getting is not soil. It’s an artificial mixture of ingredients specifically […]

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Learn more about the International Year of Soils

July 23, 2015

2015 has been designated the International Year of Soils to raise awareness of the importance of soils and the dangers facing them. Continue on to learn more.

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Why soils matter: Our authors weigh in

July 21, 2015

2015 is the International Year of Soils, the purpose of which is to raise awareness of the importance of soils. In this spirit, several of our authors share what they find most impressive about soils and why that matters.

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What do roses need?

March 19, 2015

The key to healthy, prosperous roses is knowing what they need. In this post, Roses Without Chemicals author Peter Kuklieski explains the basics. Over the years I have been asked time and again, “What do I do with my rose when I take it home? How do I plant it and care for it?” My […]

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