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Garden Cleanup and Soil Improvement

Food gardens are in transition in October. Cool-season crops hit their stride and cover crops replace tired warm-season crops. Rather than put the entire garden to bed we may decide to coax more food from the ground with row covers,…

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The Garden Hoes Podcast Episode 06 Part 2 – Gardening with Children

Listen to this episode If you’re teleworking like we are, keeping the little ones entertained while getting everything checked off on your weekly “to do” list can seem impossible. In this special edition, we explore all the fun ways you…

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The Garden Hoes Podcast Episode 06 PART 1 – Soil Health and planting trees

Listen to this episode Hello Listener, We hope you and your family are safe during this difficult time. Our April episode ended up being rather lengthy, so we decided to turn it into two episodes. So this month you will…

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Serpentine Soils Are Anything But Barren: They Support a Unique Grassland Habitat

I have never been to the African grasslands, where lions, zebras, elephants, and wildebeests seem to be in continuous danger. I have, however, been to a Maryland habitat that few people know about, and that, even though lion-, zebra-, elephant-…

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Improve Your Soil by Growing Soil Microbes

As a non-soil scientist who loves to explore and learn about soil, I was quite shocked to read last year that humus, as it’s commonly understood, does not exist in nature. What, no humus? How can that be? What is…

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Q&A: What kind of soil should I use in raised beds?

Q: I plan to build four raised beds for vegetable gardens in the spring. I need to purchase garden soil to fill these beds. What kind of soil should I use in raised beds? What do I look for when…

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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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