Month: April 2013

Getting Started with Starting Seeds

Many Ways to Start Seeds – From Simple To Complex or Fancy While some started weeks ago, many gardeners are in full swing planting seeds.  Of course, this all depends in what climate zone you live in and what you want to grow. Living in the Pacific Northwest I sometimes forget a large part of the […]

The Brilliance of Pumice

Using the word “brilliant” to describe pumice might lend to people thinking it is a shiny rock. Those of you who have ever seen or touched pumice know it is anything but shiny. But what I am meaning is that I find pumice impressively brilliant, or in other words, “smart” as a soil amendment.As a kid […]

10 Tips For Buying Great Potting Soil

Many people are confused about what is the best potting soil when buying garden soil for their gardens, outdoors or indoors. I know when I’ve been at the store I can find myself in a conundrum about what bag of soil to buy when faced with a multitude of brands and often several types within […]

The Many Meanings of “Organic” – Part II

Thanks for checking back in for Part II of our discussion about what “organic” means as relates to compost.  To summarize Part I of this article, “organic” compost is primarily regulated by the USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP). The USDA has accredited 85 certifying agencies, of which there are currently 49 in the U.S.  The Organic Materials […]