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What are macronutrients?

What are macronutrients?

December 5, 2021

"Don't forget to drink water and get sunlight. You're basically a houseplant with more complicated emotions. The similarities and plants are endless.  Just like humans need certain macronutrients, plants are no different.  While the essential nutrients required by plants and humans differ, the concept is still the same.  These macronutrients provide plants with more than 75% of the necessary nutrients to grow and thrive.  They are the three numbers on the front of any bag of fertilizer you find, whether organic or synthetic. 

What's important is that we understand the benefit and purpose of each one and use them in the proper ratios.

Check out this episode of JUST GROW IT, where we discuss the three macronutrients involved with gardening

Benefits of Compost

Benefits of Compost

December 2, 2021

 Have you ever heard of the term black gold? Well, that is how experienced farmers and gardeners refer to compost. Compost is the by-product of composting which is a naturally occurring cycle of decomposition.  Done correctly, you can have a microbial and nutrient-rich product.  But, done incorrectly, you could end up with a smelly anaerobic pile that is more of a home to pests than a working pile. 

Check out this episode of JUST GROW IT, where we discuss some of the benefits of using compost in your garden

How to use leaves in the garden

How to use leaves in the garden

November 28, 2021

During the fall, we are given a gift.  This gift is leaves.  Rather than throw these leaves away, I will provide you with a few different ways to use them productively in the garden. 

Check out this episode of JUST GROW IT, where we discuss how to productively use leaves in the garden.

 

What is Leaf Mold

What is Leaf Mold

November 25, 2021

We all know the benefits of compost, but a specific type of compost is magical.  This type of compost is called leaf mold.  Leaf mold is soil that consists of decayed leaves.  A fungal-rich soil amendment that can do wonders for your garden.  When added to your garden, leaf mold acts as compost, mulch, and a soil amendment.

 

Check out this episode of JUST GROW IT, where we discuss the benefits of leaf mold in the garden.

Fertilizer vs Amendments

Fertilizer vs Amendments

November 21, 2021

Soil amendments and fertilizers are two different things. One is meant to improve soil characteristics while one delivers specific macro and micronutrients. Unfortunately, people often confuse fertilizers and amendments.

Check out this episode of JUST GROW IT, where we discuss the difference between fertilizer and amendments.

Fall Gardening

Fall Gardening

October 24, 2021

Fall is here, so that means it is time to start your fall crops.  Wait, you thought gardening was only a spring and summertime thing? 

Where I live, you have a better chance for success with a fall garden instead of a spring garden.  Some pests that plague the garden in the spring, destroying your crops, are preparing to shut it down for the remainder of the year.

 

Check out this episode of JUST GROW IT, where we discuss what crops grow well in a fall garden.

Improve your garden soil

Improve your garden soil

October 22, 2021

I don’t care what anyone says when it comes to gardening, success or failure rests on, or better yet, in your soil.  Soil is the blood of the garden. All of the interactions between the various organisms, hyphae, fungi, bacteria, and the invertebrates in the garden make up the soil food web. With more microorganisms in a teaspoon, there are people on the planet; it is easy to see why. 

The soil food web is the same as any other food web you learned in school.  Everything has a predator, so bigger organisms eat smaller organisms.  This balance achieved through this interaction is harmonious. 

In gardening, the soil is overlooked or neglected. It does not get the care and respect that is needed or deserved. Soil should be light, fluffy, and can retain moisture but not be waterlogged.  The soil should be rich and full of life and not chemicals and salts.  Keep that in mind next time you are out in the garden.

 

Check out this episode of JUST GROW IT, where we discuss six ways to improve your garden soil.

Just Mulch it

Just Mulch it

October 18, 2021

Mulching is one of the purest and most beneficial practices you can use in a garden.  It has the power to change the health of the soil over one season by protecting the ground, providing a protective layer of material on top of the soil.  Leaving soil exposed to the elements can cause erosion of topsoil and promote weed growth.  For some reason, people only seem to associate mulching with the aesthetic benefits, and they overlook all other services.

 

Check out this episode of JUST GROW IT, where we discuss the importance of mulching your garden.

Are gardening zones overrated?

Are gardening zones overrated?

October 13, 2021

When you first get into gardening, you need to understand that not everything will not grow everywhere!  Despite how much you may want to grow something, most times, it is not happening.  That is because plants originated in different world areas and were then brought to America or other countries. 

To assist farmers and gardeners, the USDA recorded high and low temperatures for different areas in North America, compiled them, and created the Plant Hardiness Zones.  These zones are not only American but there are also plant hardiness zones for the world.  Nurseries and seed companies adopted this information and added it to their plant labels and descriptions.  You can use this information as a guideline of what will generally do well in your area. 

Check out this episode of JUST GROW IT, where we discuss why putting so much emphasis on your gardening zone can set you up for failure. 

Interplanting increases yields

Interplanting increases yields

October 10, 2021

The idea of interplanting may be the best-kept secret of gardening. This gardening technique can help increase your yields, get a head start on an upcoming season, and decrease the amount of time spent weeding.  Are you already practicing this technique, just unaware?

 

Check out this episode of JUST GROW IT

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