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Just a Little Natural Fertilizer Please

It has been a few months since most of our seeds, seedlings and plants were put into the soil.  Some of those plants have probably used up most of the nutrients from the initial batch of soil and compost. If you want to give your plants the best chance of optimum growth and/or vegetable and […]

The Scoop on Soil Amendments

Soil Amendments and the Small Garden The subject of natural soil amendments can be quite extensive and complex.  We will try to keep it simple and concentrate on natural nutritional soil amendments. Our focus is on small space gardening and we use balcony gardening as a common model.  With this in mind, there will usually […]

3 Essentials for High Quality Potting Soil

Tips for selecting a good potting soil If you want to grow just a few really good plants in a smaller space and do not want to spend a lot of time in researching, shopping and mixing your own soils, then you may want to just buy some high end pre-mixed potting soil and get […]

Planting Tips For A Small Space Garden

Planting Seeds or Trans – Planting Seedlings When we say we are going to “plant a garden”, we sometime mean planting seeds and sometimes mean planting or transplanting seedlings.  We, as humans, are more likely to continue a good hobby or healthy habit if we have early successes, so we have created some premixed soils […]

Planning for a Small Space Garden

The core issue here is the limited space, almost everything, from the space to the containers to the tools are smaller than the common backyard garden. This will affect the other key issues such as what to plant (smaller varieties), where to plant (pots, boxes, and walls), and when to plant (succession or rotation planting). Here we will […]

More ways to expand your Small Space Gardening experience

Spring is here! It is time to start planting!  Depending upon your location and weather, you may need to start inside, but Spring is here and Summer is coming soon. Maybe this is the year that you expand your gardening projects. Like a second round of new years’ resolutions.  Here are some “starter” ideas: More: […]

Fall Gardening: Best Thing To Do

As the temperatures begin dropping, and before you snuggle up with a cup of warm tea and a good book, make sure your garden is ready for the winter and next spring by adding important organic matter back into the soil. Yep, I’m talking about adding organic compost to your garden beds and containers to […]

Dressing Up Pumice – The Understated Soil Ingredient

Most people never stop to think much about the little white particles in a bag of potting soil. They are noticeable but a very minor presence in the overall amount of soil in the bag. In years past, I remember thinking about those little white pieces with some annoyance because I didn’t know what they […]

Fall is a Good Time to Transplant Your Inside Green Friends Too!

It’s the beginning of autumn and I like it! Fall is a natural transition time to move my gardening focus from outside to inside. And I love my little indoor green planet – we get cozy over the winter.Fall is a great cue to take a look at your houseplants because you’re probably going to […]

Water Efficiency and Soil

In many parts of the country, many of us have already started thinking about watering or irrigating our yards. Where I live the summers can get rather hot and the skies can stay dry for a few months on end.Where hand watering lead to in-ground sprinkling systems primarily due to convenience, we are all becoming […]

Fun in Making of Soil Blocks

Before we get too much further into the season, at least up north here, it’s fun to talk about soil blocks.  Soil blocks are gaining in popularity with home gardeners.  Since I talked about starting seeds last week and how seed starting mixes work and and how they are designed, it is worth talking about […]