Sprout

Follow gardening boards on Pinterest and you’ll seen dozens of photos of eggshell starters—that is, eggshells being used as indoor growing pots for seeds before they are ready to be transplanted outdoors. Eggshells are great containers because they are full of calcium, a key nutrient for growing seedlings. Plus, you can plant the eggshells right…

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Leaf Pile

Typical of this time of year, it is raining buckets here in the Pacific Northwest—and as the rain comes down, so do the leaves from the trees. As tempting as it is to stay inside (and drink mugs of hot tea all day long!), there is still plenty of work to be done in the…

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Bulbs in Containers

As the days get shorter and drearier, it’s helpful to think about the bright and beautiful blooms of spring. It takes just a little bit of planning to ensure happy splashes of springtime color. Because spring flowering bulbs need to spend the winter outdoors, late October is an ideal time to prepare containers that can…

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Rock Dust

There are many different types of minerals in healthy soil. They vary in size and composition and provide your garden’s crops with essential nutrients. If you aren’t getting what you want out of your soil, chances are that it is missing important minerals—in which case, remineralizing with rock dust will go a long way to restoring…

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Going about our daily lives, most of us don’t give much thought to the soil that sustains us. Throughout the world, urban areas are becoming more densely populated—which means that more and more of us are standing on “dirt” rather than “soil.” What’s the difference? Dirt is dead. Soil is living. Ask any organic farmer…

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