Tag: soil

The Right Plant for the Right Place

This post isn’t meant to get in to the ethics or morals (or lack thereof) of big-box stores. It’s just an observation from a recent perusal of my local Wal-Mart’s Garden Center, and a caution to new (and experienced) gardeners.

We were nearly out of toothpaste and sunscreen, so yesterday I decided to run to Wal-Mart to pick them up. As I got out of the car I noticed the big outdoor section of the Garden Center, and as I’ve been busy dreaming up the landscape for our soon-to-be new home, I decided I’d walk through for a bit of inspiration.

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It’s Spring Again!

With yesterday being the first official day of spring, a lot of people’s thoughts turn to gardening. Maybe you’ve still got snow where you live, but you’re itching to see something green. Or maybe it has felt like spring for a couple weeks now, but you’re wondering when it will be safe to start planting. To help answer some of your questions, or satisfy your need for green, I’ve rounded up some of my “getting ready to garden” posts:

Hardiness Zones

When Can I Plant?

Bucket Gardening 101 and Bucket Gardening Video

The Dirt on Soil

Starting Seeds Indoors (1)

Starting Seeds Indoors (2)

Hardening Off Plants

 

I’m interested to know what the gardening timeline looks like in your neck of the woods. Is it at your doorstep? Or still only a distant dream?

Either way, when the time comes, Happy Gardening!

Soil pH Basics

What is soil pH?

Basically, pH is a measure of the concentration of hydrogen atoms in a solution; in this case, the soil.  The pH scale ranges from 0 to 14, with 0 being the most acidic and 14 being the most basic, or alkaline; a pH of 7 is neutral.   Continue reading

Soil Texture

I grew up listening to talk radio at home.  Specifically KSL News Radio.  On weekdays I didn’t really care either way about it.  But on Saturday mornings?  I loved it.  That’s when they had “The Greenhouse Show, with Larry Sagers”.  People could call in with questions about their yard or garden and Larry Sagers, a horticulture extension agent in the Salt Lake City area, would answer them.   Continue reading

The Dirt on Soil

The soil is the great connector of lives, the source and destination of all.  It is the healer and restorer and resurrector, by which disease passes into health, age into youth, death into life.  Without proper care for it we can have no community, because without proper care for it we can have no life.

Wendell Berry, The Unsettling of America

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