Vinegar is Now the Active Ingredient in Roundup
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5d ago
Roundup is a household name in gardening and farming communities. Initially known for its glyphosate-based formula, it has evolved into a product line with various formulations. This article provides an overview of different Roundup products, with a focus on the new vinegar-based Roundup and its possible use in organic gardening. Roundup Products Traditionally, Roundup contained glyphosate, a broad-spectrum herbicide that many have come to detest. Glyphosate was celebrated for its effectiveness in weed control, but over time, concerns about its environmental and health impacts have cast a shad ..read more
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Traditional Spring Lawn Care is Done Wrong
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5d ago
Lawn care is an important part of a gardeners job but there are several myths surrounding this work. What should you do, and not do, to your grass in spring? In this post I will look at lawn maintenance for temperate climates that grow cool growing types of grass. Mowing height is important for proper lawn care, source: Depositphotos Spring Lawn Care – Don’t The sun is shining, the snow is gone and you want to get outside and do some gardening. It is only April 1 but I know the gardener inside of you is also tugging hard to get going. Here is a simple rule for caring for your lawn in spring ..read more
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Dealing with Voles and Moles
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5d ago
Voles or moles – which one is damaging your lawn and garden? They can be tricky to get rid of but before you do anything, figure out which you have and understand these interesting animals better. Once you understand the problem you can look for the right solution. I’ll discuss some options in this post. Mole and vole damage to lawns, by Tuff Turf Mole Busters Identifying the Culprit Vole damage to lawns, seen in spring Voles eat plants and therefore damage your garden. Moles are insectivores that eat mainly earthworms, grubs and insects. Except for their tunnels they do limited damage in a ga ..read more
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Does Core Aeration on Lawns Work?
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1w ago
Walking on your lawn compacts the soil which in turn grows poor lawn grass. The solution is simple. Aerate your lawn. Aeration is claimed to loosen the soil, reduce compaction, reduce thatch and grow better grass. But is this really true? Core aeration does not work as well as claimed in this drawing, source: Depositphotos This post uses affiliate links Types of Lawn Aeration There are several kinds of aeration including core aeration, spike aeration and liquid aeration. Core Aeration This type of aeration uses a machine that pulls a plug of grass and soil right out of the ground. When th ..read more
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How To Fertilize Tomato Plants
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3w ago
Discussions about fertilizing tomatoes is mostly about selecting the right NPK and rarely discusses the amount to use. When quantity does come up, most comments suggest following the instructions on the box. But are the instructions on the box correct? Are the instructions complete enough so that you can apply the correct amount? This post will compare some commercial products to see what they suggest and then I’ll compare that to reliable agricultural recommendations to see how much fertilizer gardeners should be using to grow great tomatoes. How much fertilizer should you add? source: Deposi ..read more
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Best Fragrant Plants to Repel Mosquitoes
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1M ago
Mosquitoes are a pain for every gardener, and over the years a number of plants have been recommended to repel mosquitoes.  Almost all of these plants are fragrant and include such things as catnip, citronella grass, beebalm, marigolds, lemon balm, lavender, geraniums, thyme, wormwood, rosemary and various mints. If you plant these in your garden you will have less mosquitoes – or so the proponents claim. Will plants growing in your garden or on your deck keep mosquitoes away? Mosquitoes Repelled By Fragrant Plants, Source: Sanofi PasteurWhy Fragrant Plants? Why is it that all of the reco ..read more
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Is Yeast a Super Fertilizer for Plants?
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1M ago
The hottest new trend is to fertilize plants with a magical “superfood” fertilizer made from yeast. Is this a good idea? Is it a good fertilizer? Does it grow better plants? Let’s look at the facts. Make fertilizer, not bread, source: Depositphotos How to Make Yeast Fertilizer The yeast fertilizer recipe is very similar to making bread and starts with activating the yeast. Mix one pack of dry yeast (1 teaspoon), one teaspoon sugar and one cup of warm water. Let sit for 3 hours to give the yeast time to grow. Dilute with 5 cups of water and use this to water your plants. If you check the intern ..read more
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How to Grow Great Tasting Food
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2M ago
Gardeners spend hours growing a few tomatoes simply because it’s the only way to get a truly great tasting tomato. What can you do in the garden to make your food taste even better? Learn to grow great tasting food Taste vs Flavor Do tomatoes have great taste or great flavor? Are taste and flavor just different words for the same thing? Unfortunately, the use of these two terms is often incorrect and the title of this post is a good example. In general conversation, we use the word taste to reflect the sensation of food in our mouth, but strictly speaking, taste only refers to the sensation th ..read more
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Food Science for Gardeners – Available for Pre-order
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2M ago
The next book in my Science for Gardeners series is ready for pre-order on Amazon. This book is all about food nutrition and safety. The book answers the question, what is nutrition and how do garden practices affect nutrition. For example, does organic gardening produce more nutritious food? Are heirlooms more nutritious than hybrids? How do various cooking and preservation techniques affect the quality of food? Is spinach really full of iron and can our gut absorb it? A good part of the book is dedicated to food safety. What happens to pathogens during harvesting, preserving and cooking food ..read more
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Podcast With Bunny Guinness – Growing Nutritious Food
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2M ago
I had the pleasure of being a guest on the Bunny in the Garden Podcast show where we discussed growing nutritious food and my new book Food Science for Gardeners.  Join Bunny Guinness and myself as we discuss interesting things about food.  What is nutrient dense food? Does Brix indicate nutrition? How much do we really know about nutrition? Is organic food more nutritious What is in vegetable water? Listen to Bunny in the Garden Podcast now   Click to see other podcasts About Bunny in the Garden Podcast Bunny in the Garden with someone special, someone who is well known for ..read more
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