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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.

Geoff Lawton permaculture soils

Written on Friday, August 21, 2015 in Soil in Landscaping

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Written by Cristina da Silva

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!

 

watering can and water barrel

Written on Thursday, August 13, 2015 in Landscaping & Soil

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Written by Cristina da Silva

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, and the techniques are simple and low-cost. Increasing soil organic matter and mulching are the […]


Written on Tuesday, July 7, 2015 in Plants & Soils

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Written by Cristina da Silva

Tomatoes are the most beloved of our homegrown produce. Find out how you can win a copy of the newest and greatest book on tomatoes, Craig LeHoullier’s Epic Tomatoes, on #groundchat this Friday, June 26, 2015 on Twitter’s #groundchat at 2 pm EST.

Craig LeHoullier Epic Tomatoes

Written on Thursday, June 25, 2015 in #groundchat News

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Written by Cristina da Silva

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.


Written on Tuesday, June 2, 2015 in #groundchat News

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Written by Cristina da Silva

This year’s TBG’s Through the Garden Gate garden tour takes us through the upscale neighbourhood of Lawrence Park. It’s a must-see garden tour as you will see…lovely houses, fantastic gardens, great gardeners.

Brochure for this year’s garden tour


Written on Thursday, May 28, 2015 in #groundchat News

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Written by Cristina da Silva

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.

Steve and Emma Biggs Grow Gardeners

Written on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 in Book & Product Reviews

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Written by Cristina da Silva

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!


Written on Monday, May 25, 2015 in #groundchat News

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Written by Cristina da Silva

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.


Written on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 in Book & Product Reviews

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Written by Cristina da Silva

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

hand garden tools

Corona ComfortGEL trowel & transplanter.
Image courtesy of Corona Tools


Written on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 in #groundchat News

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Written by Cristina da Silva