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Success with Succession Planting

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What is succession planting? Succession planting is the practice of having another plant ready to replace the one that is finishing and ready to harvest.  This method can help you get more harvests out of your space.  Succession planting is the practice of planting crops on a set interval, for example, sowing beans or carrots every two weeks during their planting time. Doing so ensures that you frequently have something to harvest.  As opposed to getting your harvest all at once, you can spread it out over the entire season.  That is important if you have a home garden, and...

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Elderberries

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Have you heard of elderberry?  Well, it is one of the few plants that can be found on almost every continent on the earth.  It has a litany of medicinal properties.  The berries and flowers are amazing.  Not to mention it is a superfood!  It is said that Hippocrates raved about all of the health benefits of this plant.  Are you interested in growing it now?Since Elderberries are grown all over the world in varying climates, it is safe to assume that it is relatively easy to grow.  If you are planning on growing is a shrub, realize that it...

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Compost, Castings and Garden Teas

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What is Compost/Garden Tea?The easiest way to define this is the liquid that is extracted when you soak compost or garden materials in water.  The tea is the liquid.  Now I keep saying compost, but it doesn’t solely have to be that.  That is why I use the term garden tea.  See garden tea can be made from many different ingredients;  compost, worm castings, chicken manure, comfrey, and other plant materials. Everyone knows the benefits of compost, worm castings, and other garden products.  Less is known about the benefits of these garden teas Purpose of Garden TeaThe concept behind garden...

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Beginning Gardener Series: Fertilizing seedlings and plant starts

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Fertilizing seedlings and plant starts You have planted your own seeds, and they have sprouted now what?  Seedlings are no different than their fully grown counterparts, and they need to be fertilized just the same.  When it comes to seedlings, you should begin fertilizing as soon as they have their first set of true leaves.  What are true leaves?  When seedlings sprout, the first leaves you see are Cotyledons.  You will notice that these leaves all look the same regardless of what you are growing.  These leaves provide the plant with all the nutrients necessary until the true leaves appear. ...

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Secondary Nutrients; Calcium, Sulfur and Magnesium

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For a garden to thrive, it needs a combination of vital nutrients.  The quantity of specific nutrients the plants require to thrive, determine which category they fall into; Macronutrients, Secondary, and micronutrients.  Macronutrients are the ones plants need in the most significant amounts. These are also the nutrients notated on the label for your favorite fertilizer.  The secondary nutrients are vital but required in smaller quantities than the macronutrients.  These secondary nutrients are calcium, magnesium, and sulfur. All these nutrients play a different role, but they all seem to share one common trait; they leach easily from the soil.Calcium is...

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