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Planting Potatoes: 7 Different Methods

In April 2010, I planted organic ‘German Butterball’ seed potatoes in the Organic Gardening test plots near Emmaus, Pennsylvania, using the following seven methods. For the five raised planting techniques, I used a mixture of 2 parts topsoil to 1 part compost. Through the course of the growing season, the benefits and drawbacks of each became clear. 1. Hilled Rows Dig straight, shallow trenches, 2 to 3 feet apart, in prepared soil. Pros: No containers to buy or build; no soil to transport. Cons: Yield may be limited by the quality of the soil. 1.

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Advancing Eco-Agriculture 1. Healthy Plants Resist Insects and Disease We understand that animals and people have an immune system that is our natural defense against pathogens. For our immune system to function properly and fulfill its purpose, it needs to be supported with the proper nutrition. If nutritional elements are lacking, or not properly balanced, the immune system’s ability to perform is compromised. This same concept holds true for plants.

How to Grow Peanuts Contrary to popular belief, the peanut is not a nut; it is actually a vegetable belonging to the legume family, which includes peas and beans. These tropical natives of South America require about 120 days to mature, but fortunately they can withstand light spring and fall frosts. ‘Jumbo Virginia’ is a productive variety for home gardens. Although peanuts are generally considered a Southern crop, Northern gardeners can also grow them successfully if they choose early cultivars such as ‘Early Spanish’ and start plants indoors.

How to Grow an Endless Supply of Garlic Indoors Other than being one of the healthiest food out there, garlic is also easy to be grown indoors. It is also a much cheaper way than buying it at the grocery store, and of course much healthier. You’ve all heard of the amazing benefits of garlic and all the things it can do for your body, so let’s just jump to how to grow it in the comfort of your own home. Growing Spirulina at Home Process June 16, 2011, by Dr. Aaron A Best-Practices Guide to Growing Tomatoes: Tomato Basics Attention to the basic needs of tomatoes goes a long way toward keeping them healthy and productive. If you’ve had problems with tomatoes in the past, the solution is probably in this list. Light. Plant tomatoes where they get 8 hours or more of sunlight daily. Any less will reduce the harvest.

How To Grow Your Own Endless Supply Of Organic Avocados Here's a step-by-step guide to growing your own avocado tree. Avocados are highly nutritious and flavored, whether we're talking about salad, guacamole, or straight up! They are a key staple for a nutritious and delicious diet. soils majority come from weathered rock, approximately a 1/2 come from water and air, and a small portion ( less than 10%) from humus, decomposing but not decomposed organic material. Minerals derived from the soil must be dissolved in water. Otherwise the plant will not be able to obtain them. How does soil structure impact on nutrient availability? Soils are characterized by the particles which make up their texture; they may be described as clayey ( common enough in CC, or sandy ( on the eastern shore) or more ideally as loamy. Particles: Additionally, the age of the soil influences its organization.

Ornamental Ginger - the Perfect Plant for the Deep South I've just harvested the last of my ginger for the year. No, I don't grow the culinary variety. The ginger I grow is for ornamental purposes only, but it has been quite a successful plant for decorating both my garden and my home. In fact, I'd say that ginger, as a species, is just as useful to the Southern garden as the spice is to the kitchen. Grow plants from your groceries, like ginger root and pineapple! Grow your own ginger Ginger is an essential ingredient in Asian cooking. Growing your own is easy and provides an endless supply of ginger for your cooking.

How to Grow A Potato Vine Plant If you want to grow a sweet potato vine plant, all you need to do is to follow the next steps. Is easy and inexpensive to grow, and is a very sweet decorative plant for any home. This solution can pe perfect for a kitchen windowsill. How To Prune Moringa Trees The more you prune Moringa trees, the more they will grow. Unlike many trees, Moringas actually seem to love being cut back, and will reward your efforts with thousands of leaves and hundreds of buds and flowers. Left to themselves, they tend to get tall and spindly, and insist on putting leaves and flowers out only at their tops, which defeats the purpose of growing Moringas. We are going to tell you how to overcome that problem, easily. When you prune your Moringa trees this way, you will always have their bountiful harvest within reach!

This Revolutionary Device Turns​ Plastic Into Edible Mushrooms! A team of researchers in Europe have created a prototype device called The Fungi Mu​tarium which uses fungi to safely break down plastic and replace it with edible mushrooms. The research team is comprised of two Vienna-based industrial designers and a number of researchers at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands. The device that they created harnesses the natural cleaning and purifying power of fungi, and creates a condition where the fungi can easily break down and absorb the trash, replacing it with more fungi. 5 Foods You Can Grow From Leftovers Looking for yet another way to get more from your garden? How about regrowing vegetables from the leftover bits and pieces? Reduce, reuse and recycle in your garden with these five foods that you can keep growing (and regrowing) even after you've gotten a good meal or two out of them. Did you know that you can regrow celery from the leftover stalk stub?