Soil Management

Information on soil management of home gardens, including soil health, soil testing, cover crops, nutritional requirements, irrigation, composting, fertilization and pH. Tips on container gardening and nutritional requirements of berries and fruits.

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Gardening From the Ground Up
Gardening From the Ground Up - Articles Articles
Soil health and best practices for urban gardens More
Soil Testing
Soil Testing - Articles Articles
Soil testing is a soil-management tool used to determine the fertility of soil as well as the optimum lime and fertilizer requirements for crops. More
Promote Plant Health
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Promote Plant Health

Emelie Swackhamer, J. Robert Nuss, Larry Kuhns, Gregory Hoover

Healthy, vigorous plants are less vulnerable to attack by insects and disease. More
Choosing Plants Wisely
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Choosing Plants Wisely

Emelie Swackhamer, J. Robert Nuss, Larry Kuhns, Gregory Hoover

To create and maintain a healthy landscape, choose plants that are suited to the conditions in your yard. More
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Cover Crops in Home Gardens Improve Soil and Reduce Erosion - Articles Articles
Planting a cover crop at the end of the harvest will benefit your garden in the seasons to come. More
Container Grown Tomatoes
Container Grown Tomatoes - Articles Articles

Container Grown Tomatoes

Tom Butzler, Thomas Maloney, Darryl Dressler

Tomatoes are probably the #1 container vegetable that interests gardeners after herbs. More
Container Grown Peppers
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Container Grown Peppers

Tom Butzler, Thomas Maloney, Darryl Dressler

This article, coupled with the advice in "Growing Great Container Vegetables #1: General Recommendations", should get you on the path to success. More
Compost bins with easy access for turning the pile
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Composting Leaves

Vincent Cotrone

Before you bag up those fall leaves, consider their potential for your landscape. More
All of plants shown here are in containers, plus many that cannot be seen in this image. It would be nearly impossible to keep them all watered properly without an irrigation system.
Building and Operating a Home Container Irrigation System - Articles Articles

Building and Operating a Home Container Irrigation System

Tom Butzler, Thomas Maloney, Darryl Dressler

Keeping many pots of flowers and vegetables watered consistently including when you are on vacation requires the installation of an irrigation system. More
Abiotic Diseases Of Woody Ornamentals
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Abiotic Diseases Of Woody Ornamentals

Gary W. Moorman, Ph.D.

Of the two major types of diseases of woody ornamentals; biotic and abiotic—abiotic diseases are by far the most important ones on landscape and nursery plants. More