Category Archives: Gardening

How to Create Compost Tea for Your Garden

Compost tea is an ideal modern organic fertilizer. This is largely due to the minerals and nutrients that it can provide your plants. It will also help encourage the growth of certain microorganisms that are beneficial for them. Continue reading

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Starting a Home Vegetable Garden: Benefits and How to Save Money

Guest blog by Tina Martino Starting a kitchen vegetable garden is not easy, but it is not rocket science either. But before you rush to the nearest Home Depot and purchase a ton of seedlings, fertilizer, and dirt, here is … Continue reading

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How does compost improve compacted soil?

Organic matter feeds microscopic fungi that wind their way around clay and sand particles.  Bacteria feast on the fungi, plant roots chase after the exudates from fungi and bacteria, worms and a plethora of tiny creatures wiggle and creep around … Continue reading

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How To Identify 4 Troublesome Vegetable Garden Pests

Guest post by Angela Thomas, NY City Pest Control (Make sure you click on the excellent infographic!) One of the most common problems discussed among all vegetable gardeners is about pests and pesticides. Only by identifying problems in your garden, … Continue reading

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Hot vs Cold Composting

From the Comox Valley Echo, Tuesday 5 November 2013, Ask a Pro Question: What is the difference between hot and cold composting? Answer: The hot compost method takes some effort. You need enough biomass with a fairly precise carbon to … Continue reading

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Compost Mulch

From the Comox Valley Echo, Tuesday 1 October 2013, Ask a Pro Question: Should I be putting compost on the garden now? Answer: I can’t think of a time when it is not good to add compost. The fall is … Continue reading

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Speedibins in school gardens!

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We are setting up Speedibins in local school gardens! The kids are leading the food garden charge. Read Leslie’s excellent blog about the latest installation from the Duchess of Dirt page.   http://duchessofdirt.ca/installing-speedibin-composters-at-the-school-gardens/#more-3307

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What’s best: Sun or shade for your composter?

From the Comox Valley Echo, Tuesday 3 September 2013, Ask a Pro Question: Will my composter work better in the sun? Answer: Surprisingly, we have found that the composters do better in the shade. If they are in the sun … Continue reading

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It’s easy to prevent maggots in greenbins

From the Comox Valley Echo, Tuesday 6 August 2013, Ask a Pro Question: I saw a news story about maggots in some curbside pickup greenbins. What’s going on? Answer: Yes, that is a bit of a yuck issue. Happily it … Continue reading

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Put your composter on Earth!

From the Comox Valley Echo, Tuesday 2 July 2013, Ask a Pro Question: Does my composter need to sit on earth or can I put it on the patio? Answer: Good composters sit on earth or lawn to take advantage … Continue reading

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