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7 Tasks to Ready Your Garden for Spring

By Ann Sanders:  Spring is a stunning and bountiful season when your garden gets the opportunity to be at its best. But before the colorful and vibrant season arrives, you face the aftereffects of a harsh winter. The biting cold and the freezing snow can have some extreme impacts on …

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Announcing International Compost Awareness Week

By Larraine Roulston: To celebrate International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW), May 7-13, composting councils are once again spreading the composting message. Established in Canada in1995, ICAW falls annually during the first full week of May. By 2001, the UK Composting Association, the U.S. Composting Council and Canada joined forces. Each year a theme is …

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Scrubbing Polluted Soil with Industrial Hemp

By Kim Robson: Cleaning up toxic chemicals and heavy metals from soil is generally an onerous, expensive and time-consuming task involving chemical and mechanical processes. In my tiny mountain community of Julian, there’s long been an empty lot growing weeds on the corner of a busy intersection. Surely some developer …

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Soil Testing and Why It’s Important

By Kim Robson: Gardening is a never-ending learning curve. Every year I learn something new, mostly through trial and error. We’ve all heard of adding coffee grounds, crushed eggshells, Epsom salts, and more to supplement soil. But why? And are those supplements appropriate for your soil and your plantings? It …

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Compost Critter Songs & Games

By Larraine Roulston: Compost Song  (To the tune of the “Hokey Pokey”) You put your wet greens in, You spread your dry browns out, You add a little water and you stir it all about. You invite all your bug friends To have a two-month feast, Then shovel your compost out!  …

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