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How to winter-over your perennial plants

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So, the beginning gardener may not even consider maintenance on a perennial plant. You just leave them alone, and they come back every year, right? Well . . . sort of. Some will. However, there are plants with “bulbs”, you have to worry about. This was incredibly intimidating to me, so I thought it may be to some of you, as well. So, I did some research – now for the breakdown. What to do when this:   Turns into this:   First of all – what is a perennial? Well – there are three classifications of plants. You have annuals, which complete their entire life cycle in one season, then die.…

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Nighty-night!!! How to put your garden to bed for the winter!

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Well, it’s that time. Seems like it flew, huh? But, winter is very close at hand, and it’s so important to put your garden to bed properly for the year. Otherwise, you wind up with a soggy mess to work with next spring. At least, you’ll wind up with one if you live in an area where it snows or rains most of the winter months. However, I’m a firm believer that cleaning up the garden is healthy, and motivational, at least twice a year. So regardless of where you live, it’s a good idea to do maintenance anyway. So, on that note – here we go! For the record -…

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When is the right time to pick my veggies and fruits?

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If you are a beginning gardener, it can be so tricky to figure out when to pick your fruits and veggies. Picking them too early will mean you don’t get their full flavor. Picking too late can mean you let them rot right on the vine. There isn’t much worse than an overripe watermelon . . . ew. So, to get started – here is a list of some common veggies and fruits, and the best times to pick them. Tomatoes: Tomatoes are tricky. For your absolute best flavor, you want to pick them when they are a very deep color (whatever color you’ve chosen to grow), with no trace…

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Organic Mechanic answers your questions!

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That’s right folks! Our very own Organic Mechanic is going to answer YOUR questions!!! All you need to do is . . . ask them!!! We have so many videos on our YouTube channel . . . did you know we have a YouTube channel!? Well we sure do!!!   Check out our YouTube channel here. You can view some of the questions we’ve already answered:  How do I strengthen the roots of my plants? How to create a strong root system in your plants with Mycorrhizae and Inoculants. How do I mix the Kelp to make fertilizer? How to make Kelp fertilizer with Kelp4Less.com  So what questions do you folks…

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Hugelkultur – wait . . . hugelwhat?

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Nope – not a typo. It’s Hugelkultur. This is a way of gardening which fits right in with the organic, sustainable, use-what-you-have type of gardener! But what is it? Hugelkultur is basically “mound culture”. Meaning you basically lay wood (avoid woods which release chemicals as they decay, such as cedar or walnut), compost, manure, and other rotting, plant-based materials, cover it with soil, and plant your crops. As the wood decays, you get some amazing aeration in your soil, negating the need for tilling (after the first year). There are several benefits to this method of gardening, including the natural composting of the wood. One important fact to remember is…

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Lazy Man’s Compost

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For some people it may be hard to keep a compost going. Following a few the 5 easy steps from Kelp4less, we will show you how to make it fun and easy to keep a compost box and provide a ready to use fertilizer instead of trashing it in a landfill. In our climate this is the easiest composting process. We call it the “Lazy Man’s Compost”.   Step 1: Decide where it belongs. Keep it in a low traffic area. Away from your house, on the corner of your lot or garden area works great. Step 2: Dig into the dirt a and break up the soil to allow…

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Are your seedlings ready to go???

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With spring right around the corner, now (or even earlier in the season) is a great time to start your seeds inside. The Kelp4less Team wanted to give you a few pointers to ensure success. 5 Steps to a better garden Start by over seeding. You will have a higher germination rate and you can always pull the smaller ones at a later date. Use a germination cube – Germination rate is supremely increased. You can find these at any local garden center. Create the greenhouse effect – seal the top of your freshly planted seeds with saran wrap. A common household item. Pop the Top – As soon as you…

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Tip of the Day – Nutrient Percentages

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Nutrient Percentages Total % vs Available % Rock Phosphate is a great example and starting point. When you see 20% total phosphate vs 3% available, this means that out of the total 20%, about 3% is chelated, or available for your plants to absorb. We often interchange the word chelated with “plant available”. Don’t worry though, the rest of the phosphorus will become available later on, as soil microorganisms like bacteria and fungi secrete chemicals called chelating agents to help with this. Think of the other 17% as your “slow release” rock phosphate. You can purchase Rock Phosphate here. Amino Acids are another great example Plants synthesize Amino Acids from…

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