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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 […]

Spring Surprises

I know we’re nearing the end of summer but as I harvest flowers and vegetables (mostly oh so many tomatoes – 14 large ones and over 40 cherries yesterday alone) and still a few ever-bearing strawberries, I think back to the beginning of the season when a few spectacular flowers appeared in my gardens for […]

Evolution of a New Garden!

It’s time to share the story of my front yard, small as it is. I often find myself saying to people these days as they arriving at or leaving my home, “isn’t that amazing”!  I’m not often taken to bragging but am somewhat amazed myself, as I often am when wonder at the ability of […]

The Right Time For Worm Castings

A couple weeks ago at a nearby outdoor growers market a woman I was talking to stated that, “we wouldn’t be alive without worms”.  I chuckled thinking that was an interesting thought and perhaps a bit exaggerated. But then a few seconds later quickly agreed with her. Worms are essential for growing things in all […]

Friable Soil – What Is It and Why Is Good For Your Garden?

Friability (the condition of being friable) is the ability of a solid substance to be reduced to smaller pieces with little effort. The opposite of friable is indurated.  Wikipedia I mentioned “friability” earlier in my article, 10 Tips for Buying Great Potting Soil.  Friable soil is loamy soil, meaning it is equal parts of sand, […]

What’s In The Bag?  About Organic Gardening Soil

For most of us that prefer to buy organically grown food, we first think that the food hasn’t been sprayed or the animals we may be eating ate food that wasn’t sprayed with harmful chemicals. That is a great start but not where it all “starts”.  Certified organic food is grown from organically produced seeds […]