General Gardening

Halloween Pumpkins and the Compost Bin

Wolf pumpkin carving jackolanternAt Halloween, many people carve pumpkins and end up throwing them away after the holiday has passed. After the holiday, the carved pumpkins will begin to mold and decompose. While this is not desirable for people who want to display jack-o-lanterns, rotting pumpkin flesh is a wonderful food to add to a worm bin in order to create compost.

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Fertilizer Types for Your Garden

Plant fertilizerThere are two basic types of fertilizers: organic and inorganic. Organic fertilizers are derived from living organisms, and it adds texture to the potting soil. Bacteria and fungi in the soil break down organic fertilizer so that the plants can slowly but steadily take up the nutrition from the fertilizer. Inorganic fertilizer, on the other hand, delivers more nutrients more quickly to the plants, but it does not improve the potting soil like organic fertilizers do.

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Stunted Plant Growth with Low Light

Zinnia flower grown in low lightUnfortunately, many apartment gardeners have low light in their balcony gardens. You may have low light and still want to grow beautiful flowers that require high light. Unfortunately, you will be disappointed with your container plants if you can’t provide them with the correct conditions. Plants that require a lot of sun will look scraggly, less full and will grow slower when kept in shade. 

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Container Pond Shopping List

Mosquitofish pond fishIf you love fish and pond plants, you can create a small container pond on your balcony for just a small amount of money. Before considering a container pond, first decide whether or not you are going to keep fish.

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How to Harvest Tomatoes and Tomato Seeds

Harvesting tomatoesAfter your tomato plants have had their growth spurt and flower, they will begin to produce fruit. But when should you pick your tomatoes, how should you store them and how can you save tomato seeds for the next gardening season?

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