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How to Make Compost at Home | The Basics

Composting takes time. There are a lot of rules to follow. I mainly follow the basics. It works for me. It is nice to have more in-depth knowledge on the subject but it is not necessary to get started. Following a few basic rules has provided me with decent results (non-smelly, relatively quick compost that my plants like). If you are unfamiliar with what composting is and why it is important, check out my earlier…

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What is Composting and Why it’s Great

Composting is THE original recycling. Recycling is the process of taking man-made waste materials and turning them into something new. Composting, on the other hand, is converting organic waste materials into something fantastic: a nutritious soil conditioner for plants. Composting has been naturally occurring for as long as there have been plants and trees on earth. When leaves and fruit fall from trees and are left on the ground for a period of time, they…

4 Basics of Growing Plants

I have been winging this whole gardening thing for the past few years. I promised myself several times that I would buckle down and commit to really understanding how it all works, rather than my usual method of throw a bunch of things in the ground and see what grows. This approach has worked to some degree but it is time to apply a little structure and discipline at my efforts to see what happens.…

Springing Back to Basics in the Garden

Ever since I read the book The Secret Garden in elementary school, I became enamored with the idea of having my own secret garden. I grew up living in apartments so the extent of my prior experience consisted of watering a few house plants. When my husband and I were house hunting for our current home, my number one non-negotiable was it had to have room for a garden. When we were torn between the…


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