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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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Beginner Gardening Guide to N-P-K

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Ready to venture into the world of fertilizers? You will need to have an understanding of what the numbers on the front of the fertilizer bag mean.  When you walk into the aisle with fertilizers, you will see three numbers separated by hyphens on the bag.  These numbers represent the three primary macronutrients, Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium.  What is a macronutrient?  Macronutrients are the essential nutrients necessary in large amounts for growth and development.  Each one of these plays a different but vital role in plant nutrition.  Careful when using fertilizers because applying too much can lead to overfertilization, which...

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Growing Kohlrabi

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Growing Kohlrabi

Kohlrabi is a member of the brassica family that originated in Northern Europe.  Crazy to think that this crop didn’t make it to America until the 1800s.  Also, if you survey people who are not gardeners, I am willing to bet almost anything that more than 85% would say they have never seen or tasted kohlrabi. Since Kohlrabi is a member of the brassica family, that means that it is related to kale, broccoli, and brussels to name a few.  Members of the brassica family are referred to as cole crops.  Read about cole crops here.The name kohlrabi is German. ...

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Fall Flowers For Pollinators

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Before I started keeping bees, I only partially paid attention to flowers and the needs of pollinators.  Well ever since I started keeping bees, that has all changed.  I make sure that no matter the season I have pollen-rich plants for the pollinators.Many people think about spring and summer as a busy time for bees.  This is true, but in our mild fall climates, they are also buzzing around collecting pollen during this time.  Bees use this fall time to make sure they have enough honey to survive through the winter.  Not planting fall flowers hurts the bee population and...

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Beginning gardener series : Full Sun to Shade

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Full Sun to Shade If you are new to gardening, some terms can seem confusing.  You go to the store to buy a plant, or you are researching online, and you see, “this plant needs full sun, shade, partial shade, partial sun.”  This can be intimidating.  So let's discuss the differences and list a few vegetables that grow in each setting.  Understanding these terms can help you skip a common problem encountered by most beginning gardeners; planting a sun-loving plant in the shade or a shade-loving plant in the sun. The amount of light available to the plant directly relates to...

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