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The Benefits of Creating Compost Tea

By Larraine Roulston: Nourishment for your plants is enhanced by applying mature compost in the form of compost tea, also known as liquid gold. Finished compost, also known as black gold, not only feeds the good microbes by increasing their numbers and diversity but also eliminates the use of chemical fertilizers. …

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The Art of Creating Good Gardening Soil

By Larraine Roulston: April celebrates National Garden Month. In order to have plants thrive in a  successful vegetable garden, healthy soil is key. The blog organic gardeningexplains that we should ”feed the soil, not the plant” to create a natural soil without the use of synthetic fertilizers, andoutlines methods to do so.  Kids …

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Celebrating International Compost Awareness Week

By Larraine Roulston: Help compost councils celebrate International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW), May 5-11. The ICAW was createdin Canada in1995, while the UK Composting Association and the U.S. Composting Council were established in 2001. Although composting is promoted year-round, the strength of their message during ICAW is enhanced through their designated annual week …

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Starting Seeds Indoors

By Larraine Roulston: Those of us fortunate enough to have a residential garden, balcony space or a plot in a community vegetable/flower garden can reward themselves with some homegrown vegetables. You’ll find that getting an early start by planting a few seeds indoors will be more economical than buying transplants. Vegetables …

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5 Landscaping Tips for Large Spaces

By Kerry Brooks: Perhaps the most blissful feeling in life is having a house you can call your own. But having a large yard for landscaping is a luxury! Take note, however, that just because you have the frill of a spacious yard, you can’t simply implement every idea your …

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Pros and Cons of Artificial Turf

By Kim Robson: For those of us who live in drought-prone areas, having a lush, green lawn is not only a ridiculous luxury, but it comes with a host of requirements including regular mowing, fertilizing, weed-killing, and tons and tons of water. You can opt for a xeriscapeor an edible …

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Leave the Leaves Alone

By Kim Robson: This is the time of year when autumn leaves are falling in droves, and many of us are toiling (or hiring neighborhood kids) to rake and bag piles of leaves. Most municipalities don’t allow the burning of leaves anymore due to environmental and safety concerns, so all …

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Teaching Kids About Composting

By Fredrica Syren: I work very hard to teach my kids about the value of the environment and the importance of preserving the world around them. This, I feel, helps ensure a positive future for the earth. One very simple but fun way to teach kids about recycling, giving back …

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Composting Poster Contest

By Larraine Roulston: The U.S. Composting Council is inviting entries for its 17th annual poster contest promoting the 2019 International Composting Awareness Week (ICAW) to be celebrated May 5-11. This year’s theme “Cool the Climate — Compost!” connects healthy soil to the climate. Composting returns nutrients to the soil, not …

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