Have you harvested your last juicy red tomato? Coaxed the last few cucumbers from the vine? Don’t despair! Seize this opportunity to get your garden ready for growth that can last through the fall and into the early winter. In many parts of the country, cooler temperatures bring out the best in a variety of…

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Is there a shrub or a small tree that doesn’t quite fit in its current location? Are you in the mood for a landscaping ‘makeover’? Mid-autumn is an ideal time to transplant perennials and shrubs, at least here in the Pacific Northwest where relatively mild and rainy conditions help ensure that plants have plenty of…

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In a previous post, we talked about how gardeners can take advantage of the early fall to reinvigorate the microbial life of their soil. Fall is an especially good time to apply volcanic rock dust to the soil because winter rains and snow helps distribute depleted nutrients (like magnesium, calcium, silicon and iron) to plants in…

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By late summer, your plants—and you!—might be feeling a bit worn out. But trust us, the time and energy that you put into the soil in early fall will pay big dividends next year in the form of healthier plants that require less work. In fact, early fall is the best time of the year to…

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Compost is a complex product. A magical mixture of carbon, nutrients and microbiology, compost works to give your plants the balanced diet that they need to thrive. One way to increase the energy level, or heat, of your compost pile is to add a high quality, nutrient-rich rock dust. Rich in silicon-based minerals and trace…

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