Soil is at the heart of gardening

Healthy soil grows healthy vibrant gardens.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

Make Tree & Shrub mycorrhizal inoculant

Written on Thursday, April 23, 2015 in Book & Product Reviews

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