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IF YOU haven't yet gone down the composting route, autumn is a great time to start as you gather up leaves, empty plant pots and generally tidy up the garden. Many local authorities now provide compost bins to encourage householders to recycle, so it's worth giving your own council a ring to check.
By Anonymous The Professional Recyclera Of Pennsylvania (PROP) offers three online courses on composting and recycling, with Continuing Education Credits granted through Penn State University.
If we get an autumn drought, water trees and shrubs, which are producing next year's buds. Autumn leaves composted separately to kitchen waste produce valuable mulch. If your soil needs improving buy a bale of hay and dig it in.
By KATE HODAL Anyone who's ever tried to compost and ended up with nothing but soggy lettuce and banana skins, or a Bokashi bin that smells like Freddy Krueger's underwear, knows that being green isn't always easy.
By Booker T Leigh When the leaves start to fall, most homeowners are ready to forget about plant disease and insects until next summer. Normally, fall is the best time to start controlling next year's diseases and insects. A little work now can prevent a lot of problems next year.
By CONNIENELSON Clean up Continue to harvest vegetables as they ripen. If you have more veggies than you can use, take them to a food shelf.
A Mushroom compost manufacturer has been ordered to take action to reduce the smell produced by the process. Cotswold District Council is taking action against Agricultural Supply Company Limited, of Fairford.
By NATE DOWNEY As we roll out along the high-altitude, arid terrain of the non- riparian areas in this enchanting land, we mostly find dry dirt. When compared to the entirety of our state's nearly sterile surface area, almost any measure of "healthy soil" would be an insignificant figure.
By Dale Skaggs Now that the rains have moistened the soil, one good gardening task is to prepare soil for fall planting. In the Mid-South most of our soil is slightly acidic clay. If you have topsoil you probably live in an older house.
By BAY AREA NEWS GROUP -- Use a flat planting surface. Mounds, raised rows cause inefficient use of water due to rapid drying. A raised area once dried is difficult to wet again. A raised area causes the water to run away from the root zone and is wasted. -- Mulch.
Sheet mulching, or lasagna gardening, is the process of turning barren ground into a more nourishing garden without digging. It is a layered system that can be used for a yard garden or a topical box garden. Starting at the bottom is a weed proof barrier, like newspaper or cardboard. On top of that is a twelve-inch layer of compost or mulch material such as old clothes, yard clippings, and manure, which provides for nutrient rich soil. Weed-free soil is added prior to planting the desired...
Forest gardening is a woodland ecosystem that requires little maintenance. Forest gardening is a form of intercropping that is a seven tier, layering system utilizing the space from the sub-ground up to the canopy in order to provide high yielding food production for human consumption in wooded areas. Layering utilizes the photosynthesis to the maximum benefit for each tier within the forest garden. The canopy level consists of the tallest fruit/nut trees with dwarf trees in the...
Three Sisters crop is a technique of gardening used primarily by Native Americans, but gardeners of any kind may also use this technique. These crops use three types of plants; in the Tewa tribe, they use four. The traditional seeds used are corn, beans, and squash. There are many benefits from this method, the first being the use of the corn stalks for the beans to grow on. The beans themselves then provide nitrogen for the corn and squash, while giving the corn amino acids, lysine, and...
- Growing in low tufty patches.