Intense gardening resurrects in the fall. Maybe not as extreme as spring gardening, but still it feels intense after the last lethargic dog days of summer. For gardeners intent on improving their soil, there’s much we can do.
After increasing your soil’s organic matter to increase water retention, mulching and using drip irrigation drastically reduces water use. But we can go a few steps further to reduce water loss. These “extra” measures make a huge difference in arid climates.
Australian permaculture guru, Geoff Lawton has a few good suggestions in his video, Permaculture Soils.
In the last blog, I covered how to retain more water in the soil, by increasing organic matter and mulching. This week I’m covering how to water different types of soil. Let us make sure that every drop of water is used!
With all the chitchat about drip irrigation and water conservation on social media, you would think that it’s the only way to reduce watering in the garden. But it’s not true. The soil holds the key to lower water bills, …
Every week, I post top 10 tweets about soil-related topics. This week I’m covering the top tweets from #groundchat’s gardening with children. It’s all about encouraging our kids into the garden.
Do you have children more enamored with McDonalds than vegetables? How about children who spend most of their days indoors playing video games and watching TV? The truth is most kids today are spending more time indoors than outdoors. Children suffer from nature deficit disorder and as a result many children don’t know how to garden. But help is on the way with Steve & Emma Biggs’s book, Grow Gardeners.
Tweets monitor the interest and popularity on particular topics. This week (May 17 to May 23) tweets varied from container watering to starvation because of poor soil conditions. Check out the the top 10 soil tweets!
It’s so frustrating to see so many untrue and unrealistic garden practices being perpetuated in the gardening world. So, it was a pleasure when I came across C.L. Fornari’s Coffee for Roses … and 70 other misleading myths about backyard gardening.
Chris Sabbarese of Corona Tools takes center stage on #groundchat this week. He will be chatting about the essential tools for improving soil. There’s also a GIVEAWAY: A set of Corona’s ComfortGEL garden hand tools. Please join us on Twitter this Friday, May 1 at 2 pm EST/ 1 pm CST/ 11 am PS
I love going to Garden Writers meetings, I get to see other garden writers, editors and photographers, listen to the latest and greatest in the garden writer’s world. I am, however, ambivalent about receiving goodie bags filled with garden product. The organizers of the GWA meeting emphasized that in exchange for getting these “gifts,” we are obligated to write about them. Some of these products are great, but others…not so much.