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Naked Garden Soil Is Not Cool… Keep It Covered This Winter

Plant and animal existence depends on healthy, functioning soils but humans too often treat it like dirt. We can improve soil health in gardens and on farms by: limiting soil disturbance (tillage) planting a diversity of plant species keeping soil…

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No-till gardening and weed barriers

In a mid-March post, I wrote about the advantages of using heavy-duty weed barrier fabric to smother weeds and create a no-till plant bed. In mid-June, I found myself with two beds that were starting to get weedy. The winter…

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Beyond dead dirt: healthy soil is alive

This post is modified from an article originally published in The Delmarva Farmer (2/13/2018) Most people would probably be surprised to know that bacterial cells outnumber human cells in our bodies by 10-to-1 and that just one teaspoon of healthy…

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Lawn and Garden Tips and Tricks for November

Lawns Typically, November is too late to broadcast lawn seed and expect it to survive the winter. Consider waiting until early spring. This is still a good time to control wild garlic, clover, ground ivy, chickweed, and other difficult weeds…

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Featured Video: Soil Testing

Director of the Home & Garden Information Center, Jon Traunfeld, demonstrates how easy it is to collect and send a soil sample to a lab to be tested. View on YouTube

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Fall soil improvement can lead to greater yields in 2016

I’m a vegetable gardener that makes intensive use of the space in my 4 foot wide raised beds.  What do I mean by intensive use, I mean that I pay more attention to the spacing between plants (see HG16 – Planting…

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