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Fertilizing Gardens the Right Way

Fertilizing gardens is a popular topic and every gardening book and website will give you advice. There are thousands of products on the market claiming they are the best ones for your garden. The problem is that almost none of this information is correct.  Most gardeners are wasting time and money on fertilizer they don’t need. Even worse is the fact that they are wasting a valuable natural resource and polluting the environment.

If you garden, please take the time to understand fertilizers. I know this is not a glamorous topic, but it is very important to the garden and the environment.

Fertilizing Gardens, using correct NPK ratios

Fertilizing Gardens

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Corydalis solida

Corydalis solida, by Robert Pavlis

Corydalis solida, by Robert Pavlis

Corydalis solida is a great spring ephemeral that brings an unusual color to the garden at this time of year. How many of our spring flowers are red, pink or purplish red? Spread them around the garden between larger plants and enjoy them while the larger plants are still sleeping. By the time they grow to any size, C. solida will have gone underground for a summer snooze.

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Watering Plants Correctly – When and How to Water

Watering plants correctly is one of the easiest things to learn in gardening but many people find it confusing. The reason for this is that they want to use regular schedules. Regular schedules, like once a week, do not work. If you want to learn how to water your garden or house plants correctly you need to learn a little bit about plants and soil. This post will simplify the whole thing so that you will always know when to water.

Watering Plants Correctly - When and How to Water

Watering Plants Correctly – When and How to Water

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Growing Bunching Onions

Bunching onions are very popular and can be expensive to buy. Fortunately, they are easy to grow and take up very little space in the garden.

Growing bunching onions

Growing bunching onions

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Allium fistulosum

Allium fistulosum, by Robert Pavlis

Allium fistulosum, by Robert Pavlis

Allium fistulosum is a perennial onion that is good to eat and makes a great garden plant. It has many common names but the most common are welsh onion or Japanese bunching onion. “Welsh” is a corruption of the German “Walsch,” meaning “foreign,” and has no reference to Wales.

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