How to Make High Quality Compost from Plants for Your Organic Garden

John from goes on a field trip to Farm Dirt Compost in Houston, Texas to share with you how they make high-quality compost from plants without any manure or animal products.

In this episode, John gives you a tour of this composting facility that creates compost teeming with microbial life. You will learn how they divert thousands of pounds of green waste that would normally go to the landfill and instead turn it into some of the best soil-building compost for gardeners, farmers, and landscapers.

First, John will take you on a tour of this facility showing you the two main raw inputs that are used to create this high-quality compost.

Next, you will discover how these two items are mixed and then aerated to create compost in as little as 5 weeks.

You will learn the three tips they use to speed up their composting process that you can use at home, so you can make compost more efficiently and save time.

Next, you will discover four ways to determine if a compost you are considering to buy is a good one or not.

Finally, you will learn about a special discount offer for you to purchase farm dirt whether you live in the Houston, Texas area or anywhere else in the United States.

After watching this episode, you will have a better idea on how wood chips and yard waste, as well as fruit and vegetable food scraps, can be turned into a rich compost that can enrich your garden and grow more fresh fruits and vegetables.

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Gardening Tips & Tricks : How to Protect Your Garden From Rabbits Naturally

Protect a garden from rabbits naturally by sprinkling cayenne pepper around the flower bed to discourage pests from coming near. Use strong-smelling spices to deter animals from eating flowers with plant tips from a sustainable gardener in this free video on gardening.

Expert: Yolanda Vanveen
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Things to Remember When Growing Tomatoes From Seeds

Growing tomatoes from seeds will allow you to control the entire growing process and see your plants development from the earliest stage – seeds. This is however connected with a few difficulties and it is important to address some of these issues before you make your first step and plant seeds so that the transplantation process will go well.

The first thing you will want to do is to start with clean potting soil. Do not use the soil from outside to start your plants. The best thing to do then is to go to the local nursery or garden center and pick up some good organic potting soil. Next, you will add the soil to the flats that separate the pants from one another or the nursery trays. This is beneficial when transplanting them when the time comes.

Let’s suppose that your target is to end up with 100 plants ready to be transplanted outside into your garden bed. Planting 20 % more seeds than the amount of the pants you want to end up with is a good idea. The reason for this is that not all seeds will germinate. Then there will almost always be a couple that will germinate, but the plants will not thrive. So generally speaking, if you want to put out 100 plants, then plant about 120 seeds. This way you will also provide yourself with few additional plants that can be used later on as a substitution for the ones that died out.

If you plant several different varieties of tomatoes, you’ll want to make sure that you label them. The plants will all look alike! Once all the plants have gotten their real leaves, it’s time to begin the first transplantation. They should be moved to individual growing containers such as a paper cup in order that they be able to better thrive and grow. If plants are bunched up, the growth will be stunted and you’ll end up with plants that are poorly producing. Use a kitchen fork to remove them from their starter pots as it’s the best way to do so. It works well with lifting the plants from the soil and causes less shock on the plants roots.

Now, depending upon the size of the paper cup or other container used in this first transplantation, you may or may not have to transplant them again before they go into the garden bed. It is then, in your best interest to plant them in paper cups large enough to hold them until they are about 6 inches or so tall, and ready to go into the outdoor garden bed. As soon as the last frost has passed and the plants achieved the required height you can put them outdoors.

The best way I have found to do this, and it causes very little shock to the roots, is to tear or cut away the paper cup from the entire thing, leaving the existing soil in place and putting them in the garden exactly that way.

Good luck in your growing! It won’t be long before you’ll be enjoying fresh juicy tomatoes, straight from the vine!

Pawel Kalkus is a hobbyist gardener with 15 years experience in organic vegetable garden cultivation. If you enjoyed this article growing tomatoes from seeds go get your free copy of the “7 Best Tomato Growing Tips” ebook now.

Plants for Free: How to Propagate Lavender from cuttings

If you have access to lavender, you can use cuttings to create dozens of brand new plants for free!

It will take about 4-8 weeks for new roots to grow but after that you’ll have enough plants to create the cottage garden or lavender hedge that you’ve always wanted.

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Garden Designs and Ideas – from bachelor pads to garden kitchens

Even if you only have a patio, a terrace or a balcony, you can create a garden in the centre of the city. Not only a garden, but an outdoor room in which you can sit, relax and entertain. Your very own Eden.

If your outdoor area is north facing and gets no sunlight, it is more difficult, but you can still turn it into a green area by growing shade-loving plants.  Most of these are moist condition plants so the planting can be combined with creating a water feature. Plant a variety of ferns to give a variety of leaf types and different heights and shapes. The giant holly fern grows to a height of 4 feet, the ostrich feather fern grows to three feet, other British ferns such as the maidenhair and the marginatum group have heights between 18 inches and two feet.They need a slightly acidic soil, so plant them in compost designed for growing rhododendrons or azaleas.

If, however, your terrace garden is flooded with sunlight, you can have not only a garden but a productive garden. Cherry tomatoes, aubergines and peppers both sweet and hot, are all decorative plants that will grow happily in containers. Oriental salad leaves, rocket and baby spinach grow in boxes, beans and peas will cover a trellis with their roots in growbags. Pots of marigolds will bloom throughout the summer and attract bees to help with pollination. Bushes of rosemary and sweet bay and small pots of parsley, coriander and thyme can be massed together in a corner. You could fill a whole salad bowl from your own garden. You can grow an olive tree out of doors in a small southern garden, but move it indoors for the winter, and don’t expect to get any olives from it!

Your kitchen garden can become your garden kitchen. The outdoor kitchen in the American style, where even the kitchen sink has moved out, hasn’t really caught on in Britain, but cooking and eating outside certainly have, even on a cool evening, with outdoor heaters, gas barbecues and gel fired firebowls. If you have planted some honeysuckle and evening jasmine, both of which will cover a wall and scent the evening air, you have the perfect romantic setting.

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