Apr
01
2013

Cold Frames for a Head Start To Spring Gardening

Cold Frame Basics The term “cold frame” typically refers to a low profile covered structure used to protect plants from the elements. Often cold weather, and excessive wetness or moisture can hinder the growth of small plants – so a cold frame can be a viable solution to nurture the plants to a size where they can withstand the elements. As far as greenhouses go, the term cold frame actually has more than one meaning. Basically, the different groups that … Continue Reading

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Apr
25
2012

Fabric Pot or Plastic Container

Are plastic containers or cloth pots better for container gardening?  Well, both have their pluses and minuses.  After a closer examination, you should be able to choose which is better for your situation.  While plastic containers have traditionally dominated our industry over the last few years, more and more fabric pots have entered the market-place as of recent.  So what we wanted to do is breakdown the differences between the two approaches and weigh-in on our thoughts with all factors … Continue Reading

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Apr
02
2012

Ancient Forest : Product of the Month

Ancient Forest is a natural product consisting of 100% pure forest humus. It is derived from thousands of years of naturally decomposed forest litter that contains a wide spectrum of organic compounds. An incredibly high diversity of microorganisms, with more than 35,000 species of bacteria and over 5,000 species of fungi, make Ancient Forest an ideal amendment for gardening and potting soils. Ancient Forest also aids in the retention of water and nutrients; creating stable, long lasting soil for your … Continue Reading

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Apr
02
2012

Insect Frass : A New Compost Tea Additive

Sometimes folks have a hard time getting their tea going; especially getting a rich fungal dominant tea.  But this isn’t necessarily from poor brewing practices; it may be from using less than adequate inputs, or from dormant soils.  The process of activating your humus (Ancient Forest, Vital Earth’s Organic Compost, Vermiblend Compost Ammendment, or the like)  is outlined in the excellent book, Teaming with Microbes by Jeff Lowenfels & Wayne Lewis.  Their process calls for taking your humus, filling a … Continue Reading

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