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Tuesday, March 10 , 2015

Don’t Plant Your Garden Wrong

Depending on what climate you live in, you might be getting ready to sow some seeds or plant some seedlings! Here's the word on what to put where, based on how much sun you get.

If a section of your garden is bathed in sunlight, consider growing corn, melons, peppers and/or tomatoes. They thrive in the sun.

If a section of your garden doesn’t get much sun, consider growing lettuce, pumpkins and/or spinach, which all thrive in the shade.

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Tuesday, April 15 , 2014

How to Use Epsom Salt in the Garden

It's time to clean up your plots and get ready for gardening! It may be a little early to plant, but it's not too soon to start thinking soil enrichment. Here's what to do...

Some gardeners will not sow their crops (or anything) until they've enriched the soil with Epsom salt. It is said to help grow stalks stronger, leaves greener and blossoms more substantial. It also makes plants less vulnerable to disease.

Sprinkle about one cup of Epsom salt over every 100 square feet (or 10-foot-x-10-foot patch) of garden. You can do this while you're preparing your land or just before you plant your seeds or seedlings (after the final frost is the best).

You can also sprinkle one-half cup of Epsom salt around mature plants, such as rose bushes, which will help strengthen the color of the flowers and yield blossoms sooner, due to the magnesium content. For new rose plantings, feed your up-and-coming bushes according to their height—one teaspoon of Epsom salt per foot—worked into the soil around the stem. Expert rose growers suggest doing this during the first and third weeks of May and during the first and third weeks of June.

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Thursday, March 13 , 2014

Keep Plant Seeds for Years

Depending on what part of the country you live in, you may be itching to get planting! Many gardeners like to start seedlings indoors four to six weeks before the final frost. Most seed packets have way more than you need. You can share with a neighbor, or do this...

Whenever you finish a bottle (opaque plastic or dark glass) of vitamins or other supplements, save it, along with that little, moisture-absorbing silica gel packet that came in it. They are good to use when storing seeds.

Put any leftover seeds in your selection of saved bottles along with the silica gel pack. Close it tightly, and keep it refrigerated until next year. Most seeds will stay viable for two to three years. If you want to test before planting, just remember that dud seeds will float in a small bowl of water.

Note: Be sure to label the jar clearly so your seeds don’t become a salad topping.

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