How To Brew Compost Tea

Everyone is talking about getting their garden ready for the Spring season and what they can do to make this year’s garden better than last year’s. Brewing some compost tea at home is one of the most effective ways to make this happen! I know what you’re thinking. What’s the point of going through all the trouble of brewing your own compost tea? Well it’s not as difficult as it sounds and there are many reasons why compost tea makes the benefits of compost go farther. Why Compost Tea? Compost tea brings with it a whole host of benefits for your home garden or plants. Here’s just a short summary of those benefits: Helps suppress diseases Increases the amount of nutrients that plants need to thrive and grow large Increases the speed at which the plant breaks down toxins from garden chemicals Known to improve the overall quality of the plant and the flavor of fruits and veggies. How To Brew Compost Tea? To start, all you need is some good compost (worm castings are the best form of compost!), moisture, aeration and some time. You may find it difficult to come up with several pounds of worm castings if you compost with worms on a smaller scale, but you can always add what castings you have to some store bought compost fore better results! Materials you will need include: Large Bucket Aquarium Pump A few pounds of compost A few gallons of water A few feet of aquarium hose …

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Controlling Weeds In Your Organic Garden

People are beginning to feel the excitement of Spring, and it’s just around the corner! Spring time means one thing to organic gardeners, and that is weed control. Have you given any thought to how you are going to control your weeds this year? Here are a some weed control strategies for your organic gardening that will help prevent weeds from growing. None of the strategies listed below include the use of any herbicides or other dangerous chemicals and they’re sure to bring you great results. Start Weeding Early Getting an early start on weeding allows you to yank them while they’re still young. In order to do this, you must learn to identify weeds in their seedling stage so that you can spot and nab them as they come. This makes it easier to control them because it requires less effort to remove them root and all, and you can usually take out more than one at a time with a hoe. Prevent The Seed Stage! Don’t wait until Summer arrives to start weeding or you’ll have a bigger problem on your hands! When weeds grow large enough to start seeding, there’s no way of telling where more weeds are going to pop up in the later years. As the popular saying goes, “One year’s seeding makes 7 years’ weeding.” Put Down Mulch Whether you make your own or buy it from the nursery, putting down a layer of mulch will keep sunlight from reaching the seeds, which will …

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Spring Cleaning: Out With The Old

Spring is around the corner and you know what that means! There’s a lot to do to get ready for the warm weather ahead! Spring marks the end of a long winter and the start to warmer days and new life. Before long, flowers will be coming up, birds will be singing and bees will be buzzing. Its an exciting time of year for sure. At some point, it becomes necessary to clean up and clear out all those corners, whack the rugs, whitewash the fence, clean out the garage, and the list goes on. People everywhere seize this occasion to make changes to their yard like planting new trees, clearing out that formidable corner of the yard where junk has accumulated and getting the garden prepped for another growing season. Have you caught spring cleaning fever yet? Here are a few tips for this year’s spring cleaning event that will hopefully make it go more smoothly and help you make the most of the trimmings and other organic matter you are disposing of. Spring Cleaning: Out With The Old! Trees & Shrubs It’s a best time of year for pruning shrubs and trees while they’re still dormant. For trees and shrubs that blossom early like Crabapple, Magnolia or Forsythia, it’s best to wait until after they first begin to bud to prune them so that you spare as many blossoms as possible. You don’t want to snip off segments that would have otherwise produced an ample amount of buds! …

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