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Taking A Soil Sample

Taking a soil sample . . .
does not take long and is easy to do.

To take your soil sample , you will need a clean bucket, a clean garden trowel, a clean container, and newspaper.

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Testing Your Soil

It Is Important That You Test Your Soil Or Get It Tested . . .

. . . to see whether it is acidic or alkaline as well as whether it has at least the main nutrients needed for promoting lush plants and/or vegetables? This testing is not as difficult as you might think.

Since most plants have specific soil preferences — for example, azaleas prefer slightly acidic, while others such as geraniums prefer less acid — a pH test can save you money by helping you know which plants will do best in your garden.

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Types of Soils

When flower gardening, you must know which type of soil you’re dealing with . . .

. . . so that you will know what must be added to it in order to have the best soil possible for planting. However, if after reading this post you’re still not quite sure what the difference is and would like further explanations, please go to¬† Read the rest of this entry »

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First Garden

Creating your first back yard garden is easy to do.

Gardening beginners are not quite sure what is important when determining where they should set up the new garden. If you follow Joe’s step-by-step gardening tips, you should soon have the ideal gardening spot ready to plant your seeds.

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Know Your Gardening/Climate Zones

Why Study a Gardening Zone Map? Why is it important to Know Your Climate Zones?

With spring comes planning and planting, and the most important question is “What can I Plant?”

Before you even consider buying, study your zone chart and find out your plant zone number. Do you live in the northern, southern, eastern, or western part of North America? Are your winters harsh? Are your summers scorching hot? What plants/trees will withstand your type of weather? Read the rest of this entry »

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